Reboot with around 2,300 exhibitors from 63 countries: Trio of textile fairs kick off with panel discussion on challenges driving business opportunities

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany—June 21, 2022—Why are crises also powerful catalysts for textile innovation? How are digital prototyping and machine learning redefining design processes? And how do companies obtain decisive competitive advantages thanks to new technologies that respect the environment? These and other questions were the central themes of the roundtable during the opening press conference on the first day of Techtextil, Texprocess and the unique Heimtextil Summer Special.

The Heimtextil Summer Special, together with Techtextil and Texprocess, heralds the relaunch of the world textile fairs in Frankfurt – finally allowing new international contacts, personal professional encounters and intensive networking on the spot in Frankfurt. “The volatility of energy costs and raw material prices due to the war in Ukraine, bottlenecks in production and rising transport costs – given the difficult environment in the textile industry , there couldn’t be a better time to relaunch the trio of textile fairs,” said Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, in his opening speech. In addition, textile companies are faced with the task of find their way in their own circular economy and rethink their supply chains “Even in times of crisis, the following applies: change always harbors business opportunities. And paves the way for progress and competitive advantages”, Braun continued.

Panel discussion: Pioneering impulses in difficult times

The speakers Lucie Brigham, Chief of Office of the United Nations Office for Partnerships and co-founder of the Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network, Matthew Drinkwater, Head of Innovation Agency at the London College of Fashion, Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies Association, and Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, moderated by Alexandra Bohn, Style Content Director of FAZ Quarterly, spoke about the role of collaborations in driving innovation as well as challenging business opportunities – and how sustainability is continually becoming a business-critical factor in the textile industry. Key strategic decisions in light of the upcoming EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles and the entry into force of the Supply Chain Act were also discussed.

In her keynote address, Lucie Brigham highlighted the importance of collaborations in identifying strategic market opportunities for sustainability: “Collaboration is key to fostering transformative sector engagement and accelerating the implementation of the SDGs. Mobilizing expertise, innovation, technology and resources can only happen through strong partnerships. Messe Frankfurt’s Texpertise Network was one of the first members and valued partners of the Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network. We are proud to have been involved in the broad SDG activities from the beginning and look forward to growing these activities together in the future,” Brigham said.

From 3D fabric simulations and machine learning for zero waste cutting technology to using blockchain for greater supply chain transparency, fashion tech pioneer Matthew Drinkwater has set up highlight how recent digital developments are redefining design processes and paving the way for innovation: “Emerging technologies are ushering the textile industry into a new era, changing the way we create, communicate and consume products, redefining design processes as well as the deployment and tracking of resources throughout the textile value chain,” explained Drinkwater.

Elgar Straub, from trade association VDMA, highlighted the growing demands of manufacturers of sewing and apparel technology and technical textile processing machinery, to automate and digitize production processes – while showing how increased focus on regional production can contribute to greater supply chain transparency: “Mechanical engineering and technology suppliers are the catalysts for solutions to today’s biggest challenges: sustainability, flexibility and regionalization”, Straub said.

The panel from the opening press conference is available in its entirety on the Texpertise network as well as on the Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil press pages in English and German.

Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil: trade shows as a concentrate of all innovations

With a total of around 2,300 exhibitors from 63 countries, Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil Summer Special will present innovations and future trends along the textile value chain this year. “As a concentration, trade fairs give visibility to these diverse developments, brought together on a global business platform – and at the same time make a decisive contribution to the global understanding of sustainability and to the redefinition of supply chains. supply”, explains Olaf Schmidt.

From yarns, fibers, contract, decorative and upholstery fabrics to functional textiles, textile technologies, finishing processes, water-efficient dyeing processes and finished products for textile upholstery, textile design, bedding and performance textiles , the parallel Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil Summer Special offer a global range of bundled products – which also demonstrates that scalable and sustainable innovations are not mutually exclusive.

Trade fair highlights at a glance

This summer, Heimtextil Trends will take place under the slogan “Next Horizons”. in Hall 4.0 with a clear focus on resource conservation.

The “Heimtextil Conference Sleep & More” in Hall 3.0 offers a first-class speaker line-up with, among other things, the latest findings in sleep research, tracking technology and sustainability in the hospitality industry.

Another highlight is the one-hour Green Tours of Heimtextil guided by an independent consultant to selected exhibitors with an exchange on the latest developments in the green segment. Tours begin at 2 p.m. during all three days of the show at the Green Village counter in Hall 3.0.

Additionally, Heimtextil will host its highly acclaimed Interior.Architecture.Hospitality program. This premier knowledge and networking platform is aimed specifically at contract furnishing experts. “Scenarios in Space” is this year’s main theme of Interior.Architecture.Hospitality READINGS 2022 on 22.6.2022.

At the Texprocess Denim Future Lab in Hall 8.0, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of denim production and processing. Trends such as eco-denim or luxury denim will be vividly presented at many stages of the textile value chain and sustainable approaches and recycling solutions will be presented. The Speakers Corner invites discussions and exchanges with exhibitors from the Transformer Foundation.

How are technical textiles used in the garment industry? The Techtextil Performance Textiles in Fashion special exhibition in hall 9.1 focuses on textile finished products and presents unusual and innovative garments.

The Techtextil Forum and Texprocess offer expert lectures and discussions on current industry topics during the four days of the show. Free forums provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new trends and approaches. Presentations such as “Softgoods for Hardware: Fabric in the Metaverse” or “Sustainability – where should the data from?” await the public on site or later on demand in the Digital Extension. The sponsor of the Techtextil Forum (Hall 9.1) is once again EURATEX – The European Confederation of Clothing and Textiles. As in 2019, the Texprocess Forum program (Hall 9.0) will be organized by DTB – Dialog Textil-Bekleidung eV and VDMA TFL.

What future for the textile industry? What textile innovations have been developed in recent years? The innovative strength of the industry is reflected in the wide range of progressive approaches to technical textiles and textile processing presented at the Techtextil or Texprocess Innovation Awards. Textile innovations selected by two groups of international experts will be awarded and presented during the four days of the show in Hall 9.1 (Techtextil) or 9.0 (Texprocess). The public presentation of the Innovation Awards will take place on June 21, 2022 in Hall 9.0.

Posted: June 21, 2022

Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

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