Around 94% of all visitors and 87% of all exhibitors said they were very satisfied with their participation in the show. These very good results are in line with those of previous editions in 2019. With a degree of internationality of 66%, a total of 48,000 visitors from 105 countries attended the first edition of Techtextil and Texprocess since the pandemic and in took the opportunity to visit both shows. The excellent figures of around 44,000 visitors to Techtextil and 22,000 visitors to Texprocess (each including visitors from Texprocess and Techtextil respectively) confirm the relevance of these shows for the textile and textile technology industries, said the organizer in a press release.
From June 21 to 24, the main international fairs Techtextil and Texprocess focused on sustainability and innovations and offered the public an optimal setting on seven hall levels to exchange information and establish and strengthen business relationships. Quality meets quantity: this motto has been fulfilled once again this year.
Nearly 1,141 exhibitors at Techtextil from 47 countries and 182 exhibitors at Texprocess from 29 countries, including twelve international national pavilions and many participants at the common stand, presented their products, technologies and novelties. In addition to German exhibitors, Italian, French, Turkish and Swiss companies were the most represented. The comprehensive and attractive accompanying program, such as the Techtextil and Texprocess forums, the Techtextil and Texprocess innovation awards, the Techtextil special show “Performance Textiles in Fashion” or the Texprocess special show “Denim Future Lab” with integrated Speakers Corner , enabled discussions and presented outstanding solutions in textiles and textile technology, also in terms of sustainability.
“The first edition of Techtextil and Texprocess since the pandemic responded to the industry‘s strong desire to finally come together in person. We are delighted that the restart was warmly welcomed by exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. Frankfurt exhibitions, we were able to create a place where industry representatives can exchange ideas on future topics for the textile and clothing industry,” said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles and Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt.
“By focusing on sustainability and innovations, we have created real added value for visitors. Never before has there been so much interest in innovative and sustainable solutions. Techtextil and Texprocess offer a platform optimal shape for presenting progressive products and supporting the future-oriented to the further development of the industry,” explained Michael Jänecke, Head of Brand Management Technical Textiles and Textile Processing, Messe Frankfurt.
New products and further developments were particularly important at this year’s Techtextil and Texprocess fairs. In times characterized by social and economic challenges, labor shortages, supply bottlenecks or raw material shortages, step-by-step approaches to solutions are essential. At the main trade fairs, it became clear that the companies used the time since the last Techtextil and Texprocess intensively for research and development and were able to present many promising products.
“After the Corona break, it was of great importance to finally reconnect with the international industry at Techtextil and to meet in person our many business partners whom we had not been able to meet in person for a long time. We also did some interesting new business contacts,” said George Papagiannis, Sales and Marketing Manager at Thrace Nonwovens & Geosynthetcs SA, Greece.
“For us, Texprocess has been a great success. We are very satisfied with the quality and the results of the conversations with the visitors. It was a great pleasure for us to meet so many partners and customers in person after a long period of important travel restrictions. Digital communication is unavoidable these days and certainly facilitates many things, but it cannot completely replace face-to-face communication and knowledge transfer. We have welcomed many new business partners to Texprocess, but also longtime friends and familiar faces,” said Henry Diekmann, Marketing Manager at Dürkopp Adler, Germany.
“At this year’s Techtextil, our Portuguese companies achieved very good results. Our conclusion is that the success of the show in 2022 has continued seamlessly from 2019 – and we are very satisfied with this finding. most of our businesses have also been very pleased with the number of new customers looking for new European suppliers,” said Manuel Serrão, CEO of Selective Moda.
But nowhere was the future of the textile industry closer than at the Techtextil and Texprocess Innovation Awards. Thirteen winners from seven categories were selected by two international expert juries, honored at a public awards ceremony and exhibited during the four days of the show. Besides the first woven heart valve, production processes using sustainable materials, such as pineapple peels or a new cold glue robot, have all received a Techtextil or Texprocess Innovation Award.
The textile industry is exploring new paths. This is also the case when it comes to sustainability. The interest in sustainable and resource-efficient materials and processing methods or recycling solutions has never been greater. This has also long entered the consciousness of manufacturers. This year, 66 exhibitors were marked with [email protected] or [email protected] and were thus able to be specifically visited by visitors. Exhibitors with sustainable offerings were able to submit their products for review by an international panel of experts and were highlighted after successful review.
The special Techtextil exhibition “Performance Textiles in Fashion” was a highlight. Here visitors were able to experience how functional textiles are used in the clothing industry. Intelligent textiles with electrodes and stretch cables for muscle electro-stimulation, heated clothing or bags made of particularly resistant material inspired and amazed the public.
The Denim Future Lab took visitors into the world of the denim industry. The special Texprocess fair focused on sustainable materials and processing as well as luxury denim. The Speakers Corner, co-hosted by the Transformer Foundation, invited visitors to exchange ideas and engage in discussions and was well attended. The next Techtextil and Texprocess will take place from April 23 to 26, 2024.
Fibre2Fashion (RR) Press Office