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January 15, 2019

Texprocess and Techtextil to showcase sustainability

By Beth Wright

The Techtextil and Texprocess technology trade shows will return to Frankfurt this year, with sustainability one of the key themes.

The two shows will also be sharing an exhibition hall for the first time, enabling visitors to get an insight into the entire production process, from raw material to finished product.

Texprocess showcases suppliers at all stages in textile and apparel processing, including product preparation, finishing, logistics, internal material flow, sewing solutions, digital printing, functional apparel textiles, as well as production lines for clothing and shoes. While Techtextil is for suppliers of woven, laid web, braided and knitted fabrics, coated textiles, and nonwovens, as well as selected suppliers of textile machines.

Also taking place, the Techtextil and Texprocess Innovation Awards give prizes for sustainable textile innovations and processing approaches, while the Texprocess Forum will offer seminars around the theme of sustainability in the textile and fashion industry, with an offshoot of Fashionsustain, Messe Frankfurt’s conference about sustainable textile innovations.

Meanwhile, micro-factories – an approach to textile processing which is fully networked and allows individualised products, while working rapidly, flexibly and locally – will be the focal subject at the coming Texprocess.

The Digital Textile Micro-Factory at Texprocess and Techtextil, in collaboration with the Denkendorf Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF) and partners from industry, will be presenting three production lines in Hall 4.1 alone – one each for the manufacture of clothing, a 3D knitted shoe and for processing technical textiles.

RWTH Aachen University, jointly with various partners from industry and research, will be producing a smart cushion in its Smart Textiles Micro-Factory in the passage between Halls 4.1 and 5.1, thus demonstrating the industrially compatible production of a smart textile, from design to finished product, to serve as an example of the process. 

Six firms working in several fields – visualisation, CAD cutting systems, automated body-mass calculation, layout and process automation – have also come together under the umbrella concept ‘World of Digital Fashion’. In Hall 4.0 they will be jointly showing the ways in which their products can be integrated and combined in various different workflows within the value-added chain, making the digital process chain into a live experience. The focus will be on the customisation of clothing and fashion.

With its trend theme, ‘Urban Living – City of the Future’, Techtextil also takes a look ahead to see how technical textiles will shape urban life in the future. The show is dedicating an exhibition space to the concept and will explore how functional apparel, with smart functions, for example, could also play an even more important role in people’s everyday lives in the future. 

Techtextil and Texprocess will take place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 14-17 May 2019.

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