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The Rupp Report: Texprocess - The Ideal Roundup

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for the Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Industries, to be held June 11-13, 2013, will run parallel with Texprocess at the Messe Frankfurt fairground in Frankfurt am Main. For the second time, Texprocess, the International Trade Fair for Processing Textiles and Flexible Materials, will take place June 10-13, 2013. Some 330 exhibitors are expected to participate.

Texprocess is organized by Messe Frankfurt together with its conceptual partner, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Garment and Leather Technology Association. One may say that Texprocess is the successor of the former IMB trade fair in Cologne. Exhibitors from all over the world will present solutions for the apparel industry and textile processing, including design, pattern making and cutting, sewing and joining, embroidery, textile dressing, finishing, information technology, and logistics.

It Makes Sense
In spite of a very tight time schedule—- interested parties have to visit two shows in a very short time — the combination of both events makes a lot of sense: The ever-so-successful segment of industrial textile applications is the only sector of this industry in which all involved process steps upstream and downstream must relate to one another. Therefore, Techtextil exhibitors will present the tools for producing the fabric and accessories, and Texprocess will show the downstream tools for the end products. Of course, visitors may use their admission ticket to enter both Techtextil and Texprocess.

As the organizers write:

"For the fashion industry too sustainability is more than just a buzzword. Ever since the 1990s the entire textile industry, everyone from machine manufacturers to companies producing fibrers, fabrics and garments, has been implementing resource saving processes.

"The main two factors for the industry are the consumption of water and energy. Textile manufacturing has already implemented technologies that take account of both the requirement to save and recycle resources and the change in the market to smaller production lots and accelerated development processes."

And Europe is supporting these efforts. As Messe Frankfurt reports:

"SESEC (Sustainable Energy Saving for the European Clothing Industry) is an ongoing EU project with the aim of developing a simple on-line tool to measure energy consumption per article of clothing. Additionally the project will continue to communicate outcomes and support companies in the implementation of energy saving measures. The EU covers 75 percent of the budget of around Euro 1.7 million."

A New Success Story
Michael Jänecke, brand director of Techtextil, is quite happy with the development of this year's event (See " The Rupp Report: Techtextil 2013 — The Confirmation of Success," TextileWorld.com, May 7, 2013). How is it with Elgar Straub, managing director of VDMA's Garment and Leather Technology Association? Are his feelings for Texprocess as good as those the organizers of Techtextil?

Rupp Report: Are you happy so far with the development of the forthcoming Texprocess?

Elgar Straub: Yes, very much so. The first edition of Texprocess was already very good, and the second one will be even better.

RR: What are the reasons for your good mood?

Straub: Well, we have a higher international degree of exhibitors, and we'll have probably many more visitors.

RR: How many exhibitors have already signed up to participate?

Straub: Some 320 per today: The final number will be available at the opening of the event.

RR: Are there any exhibitors that have a booth at both Texprocess and Techtextil?

Straub: Yes, but not many. For me, this is an indication that the exhibitors of both shows have adapted to the concept of a double event perfectly well.

RR: Which halls are occupied by the Texprocess exhibitors?

Straub: These are halls 4.0, 5.0, 5.1 and 6.0.

RR: Is Texprocess sold out?

Straub: Almost — all halls are very well booked.

RR: Techtextil will have a considerable number of country pavilions. What about Texprocess?

Straub: There are some countries — for example China, Croatia and Bulgaria. In general, collective booths in leading international exhibitions today are not as much in demand as they used to be. The exhibitors prefer to have their own booths and individual presentations.

RR: This is the second edition of Texprocess. How satisfied are you with the recent development since this sector left IMB in Cologne?

Straub: I am very happy so far. It shows that we were able to place the concept in the markets outstandingly well. Prior to the second edition, we recognize that Texprocess and Techtextil taking place in tandem are globally accepted by the exhibitors and visitors as the leading international technology exhibitions.

RR: Don't you feel Techtextil is a competitive event?

Straub: No way — why? It is an outstanding endorsement.

RR: Have you ever regretted the move from Cologne to Frankfurt?

Straub : No, at no time ever.

RR: Is there anything that should be improved for Texprocess?

Straub: You know, there is always something to improve and to do better. Our main task is to help our industrial sector return to the strength it had before. This means we have to further adapt the exhibition according to market developments.

RR: Final question: How do you describe the cooperation with Messe Frankfurt?

Straub: Excellent!

Textile Industries Media Group will be present in Frankfurt am Main. Come by Hall 4.1, Booth FOY18, and have a chat.

May 28, 2013