Avantex, a trade fair for high-tech fashion fabrics, will return in February with a series of new features designed to enhance sourcing for innovative fashion products and services and to intensify the interaction in developing new products.

Taking place at Paris Le Bourget from 6-9 February, the show will run as part of the Apparel Sourcing Paris show, which also features Avantex and Texworld Paris.

"Since AVANTEX PARIS was launched in September 2015, Messe Frankfurt France has taken steps so that heads of collections and designers are offered solutions at the forefront of innovation for clothing and fashion accessories," says Michael Scherpe, president of Messe Frankfurt France. "In September 2016, the show was expanded with the addition of an agora for lectures, the aim of which is to promote and facilitate dialogue about the huge strides in development of high-tech fashion. The February 2017 show will give rise to a series of new features to enhance sourcing for innovative fashion products and services and to intensify the interaction that is a vital factor in developing new products."

Avantex Paris will now include every high-tech fashion domain, from fibres through to finished products, from the initial design through to sales. The offers from exhibitors will be classed in four main segments: materials & components; garments & accessories; prototype studio; and smart retail.

A forum with lectures and round tables, an innovation forum, experimental workshops and a catwalk show will also be organised at points across the exhibition.

Apparel Sourcing Paris, meanwhile, will feature denim as a separate section for the first time.

Around 300 exhibitors will be in attendance, primarily from Asian countries such as China, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, with Guatemala returning for a second year with Netherlands foreign affairs body CBI. The Texprocil organisation for the promotion of Indian expertise and skills will also be present, and an increased attendance by manufacturers from Morocco can be expected.

The show will feature a series of lectures about the latest developments in the industry, new products from exhibitors and a large number of fashion shows.

Meanwhile, Avanprint will take place for a second time, following its launch in February. Dedicated to digital printing, the show will present solutions for textile procurement and clothing industry research, with a focus on highly innovative products.

"Messe Frankfurt France considers that digital textile printing is fundamental to the future of the industry. The performance of the cutting-edge solutions presented at Avanprint constitutes an essential element in cutting consumption of water and energy, in optimising required workspace and in reducing the amount of waste that conventional printing methods entail," says Scherpe.

At what will be its 40th show, Texworld Paris is expecting around 650 exhibitors next year, with major firms from Pakistan and Bangladesh set to return after a two year absence.

A series of lectures about the latest sector developments, news from exhibitors, fashion shows and the Trends Forum will make up a varied programme.