New solutions to the technical problems posed by fragile fibers ― plus, on the fashion front, a more subtle mood in metallic content yarns ― are two important winter 2001-02 stories to emerge from this summer's Paris-based Expofil trade fair. Now in its 20th year, and its last summer season at the Espace Eiffel-Branly (next year it moves to the Paris Nord complex at Roissy) this key showcase for the European spinning industry will welcome l4 additional exhibitors, most of them from Spain or Italy.