Organisers of the upcoming Texprocess trade fair say the event in Frankfurt, Germany is almost fully booked, with four months still to go before it opens its doors in May.

According to organiser Messe Frankfurt, 95% of the exhibition space occupied by the previous fair two years ago has already been sold - with exhibitors from all stages of the textile value chain, from design, IT and cutting, via sewing, joining, embroidery and knitting, to finishing, textile printing and logistics.

Parallel events include the first 'Innovative Apparel Show' showcasing new designs and materials from four universities and fashion schools; the Texprocess Forum, which will cover sourcing, sustainability, new technologies, quality management, logistics and standards; and IT@Texprocess, where their latest IT solutions for the apparel industry will be on display, including product lifecycle management (PLM), cloud applications and 3D CAD systems.

However, this year there will not be a separate 'Source it' area for manufacturers and country associations.

Against this backdrop, the most recent data from the German garment and leather technology sector points to a 23% jump in sales in the ten months to October last year.

VDMA Garment and Leather Technology, a partner in Texprocess, says increasing demand for German and European equipment is being driven by "the digital intertwining of the design, processing and logistics of garments and textiles," along with an increasing focus on sustainable production, flexibility, speed and cost optimisation.

Manufacturers of sewing and garment machinery are also supporting the VDMA's Blue Competence sustainability initiative showing they contribute towards using energy more efficiently, protecting resources and reducing costs through continuous innovations and pioneering technology. Despite lower energy consumption, they are also managing to increase productivity and, in doing so, raise competitiveness.

As in previous years, Texprocess will be held concurrently with Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.