The Techtextil trade show will return to Frankfurt next year featuring a digital textile micro factory showcasing a completely integrated and networked production line for apparel.

Organisers say the prospects for exhibitors and visitors at Techtextil 2019 are good with the number of registrations already significantly higher than the figure for a comparable stage in the run-up to the last show.

The trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens will take place from 14 to 17 May in Frankfurt, Germany and will feature exhibitors from 44 countries. Twelve countries have already registered joint/national stands: Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the US.

Exhibitors represent the entire spectrum of technical textiles and nonwovens, with a particularly strong representation in fields relating to fibre-based products for such as apparel, vehicles and transport, sport and hazard protection – with the lineup already including AG Cilander, Freudenberg, Hyosung, Lenzing, Schoeller, Sioen and Tenowo.

"Every two years, Techtextil in Frankfurt becomes the focal point of all the pioneering thinkers, manufacturers and users in the field of high-tech textile products," says Olaf Schmidt, vice president textiles and textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt. "Our trade mark is the sheer variety of textile solutions that find uses way beyond sector boundaries. The outstanding figures for registrations underscores the value that the international community places on Techtextil."

The digital textile micro factory will be a key features at the event, showcasing a completely integrated and networked production line for apparel, as well as – for the first time – for technical textiles in other applications, too. The aim is to give visitors an insight into the entire production process, from material to finished product.

Visitors will also be offered a broad product range in the field of textile machinery, where international market leaders such as Dilo, Groz-Beckert, Huntsman, Karl Mayer, Lindauer Dornier, Monforts and Trützschler, will be present. 

The event takes place in parallel with Texprocess, the showcase for the textile and apparel processing chain, from design, through cutting, seaming and finishing technologies, to logistics and recycling.  Particularly strongly representation is in the fields of CAD/CAM, cutting, making, trimming (CMT), sewing, seaming and fixing, as well as automation and IT.

Among the exhibitors that have already signed up are Amann, Brother, Dürkopp Adler, Human Solutions, Juki Central Europe, Morgan Tecnica, Pfaff, Tajima, Veit, Vetron, Lectra, Sunstar, Browzwear Solutions, INL International Technology and Siruba Latin America.