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Preparing For Techtextil

Techtextil, the world's largest trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, partners with Avantex once again.

Textile World Special Report

O rganizers of Techtextil hope to top visitor and exhibitor records set at the 2005 edition, held at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center - once again the site of Techtextil 2007.

For many, Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, conjures up anticipatory thoughts of seeing the latest in technical textiles and nonwovens, hearing about cutting-edge research and testing, feeling out the state of the current market, and getting a taste of what the future holds for the industry during the events accompanying symposium.

Many now also equate Techtextil's Frankfurt edition with Avantex the International Forum for Innovative Apparel Textiles, held for the first time alongside Techtextil at its last edition in 2005.

"The idea of holding the two events in parallel originated primarily from the industry," said Michael Jcke, brand manager, Techtextil + Avantex, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. "The benefits lie in the synergistic effects between the two events, which mean that exhibitors generate additional visitors and can restrict their expenditures in terms of time and money to taking part in a single event [for example,] if a yarn manufacturer [that is] a classic Techtextil exhibitor develops products for making garment textiles, the company not only has no need to exhibit at a second fair but also profits from the presence of Avantex exhibitors."

"Avantex focuses on high-tech apparel textiles and presents developments ranging from the concept to the prototype stages. With a range of products and services from the fields of technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil covers a broader spectrum," Jänecke added.

Both shows will once again be held this year at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center in Frankfurt from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13; and from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 14. One-day tickets for Techtextil are 19 euros (US$25) in advance, and will be 26 euros (US$35) at the box office. Students may pay a reduced rate of 15 euros (US$20) at the box office. Three-day tickets are 34 euros (US$46) in advance, and will be 46 euros (US$62) at the box office. Tickets cover admission to both events. The Techtextil 2007 catalog will be on sale at the fair for 17 euros ($23). Separate fees apply for the accompanying symposium programs.

Breaking Records
Organizer Messe Frankfurt GmbH hopes to top visitor and exhibitor records set in 2005, making Techtextil the fastest-growing fair held at the center, and the largest trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens. More than 1,000 companies from 38 countries are scheduled to exhibit at the combined events as of Textile Worlds press time. Messe Frankfurt hopes these exhibitors will attract more than the 21,700 visitors that attended Techtextil and Avantex in 2005.

Techtextil exhibitors will occupy halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.1, while Avantex exhibitors will be integrated into hall 3.1.

Techtextil Basics
Messe Frankfurt organizes Techtextil by product group and application area, enabling exhibitors to target potential customers, and visitors to easily find areas of interest to them.

The 2007 edition of Techtextil features the following product groups: research, development, planning, development and consultation; technology, machinery and accessories; fibers and yarns; wovens, scrims, braids and knitted fabrics; nonwovens; composites; coated textiles; bondtec, which covers finishing processes, application processing, material pretreatment and surface treatment technologies, among others; associations; and publishers.

Application areas include: Agrotech: horticulture, landscape gardening, agriculture, forestry and livestock farming; Buildtech: membrane construction, lightweight and solid structures, civil engineering, industrial building, temporary construction, interior design, earthworks, waterway and road construction and agricultural construction; Clothtech: clothing and shoes; Geotech: civil and road engineering, road- and dam-building and waste-site construction; Hometech: furniture, upholstered furniture, interior furnishings, carpets and floor covering; Indutech: cleaning, mechanical engineering, chemical/electrical industry; Medtech: hygiene and medicine; Mobiltech: cars, ships, planes, railways and space travel; Oekotech: environmental protection, recycling and waste disposal; Packtech: packaging, protective packaging systems, bags and storage systems; Protech: personal and property protection; and Sporttech: sport and leisure, activewear, outdoor, sporting goods and equipment, and athletic shoes.

National pavilions will offer visitors another way to view exhibitors and their products. Fourteen countries will participate, including the United States, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan and Great Britain.

During the fair, the Techtextil Innovation Prize will be awarded for exemplary achievements in research; new products, means of production, applications, manufacturing and finishing techniques; and new Buildtech, Medtech and Mobiltech applications.

The Avantex Innovation Prize will be awarded for achievements in workwear; sports; medical applications through apparel; fashion; and material, technology, processing and handling developments.

Brussels-based TensiNet the European communication network for tensile structures - has joined with Techtextil in organizing the ninth student competition focused on textile structures for new building. Prize money worth 8,000 euros (nearly US$11,000) will be awarded to winners in the categories of macro-architecture, micro-architecture, environment and ecology, and composites and hybrid structures.

Awards will be presented the evening of Monday, June 11. Award-winning work from all competitions will be displayed at a special show held during the trade fairs.


The Techtextil and Avantex symposia will commence with a joint lecture entitled "Future Perspectives of the European Textile Industry."

Techtextil Symposium
The 14th International Techtextil Symposium and the 4th International Avantex Symposium will kick off Monday afternoon with a joint lecture sponsored by the Brussels-based European Apparel and Textile Organization (EURATEX) and the EURATEX Working Group Technical Textiles. Entitled Future Perspectives of the European Textile Industry, the lecture will cover industry trends, strategies and visions for the future.

Ensuing Techtextil-Symposium lecture blocks, which will take place during the next three mornings, will cover such topics as Medtech; Mobiltech; composites; Buildtech, including building with membranes and textile reinforcement; and materials and technology.

Companies and institutions worldwide will be represented at the lectures. For example, representatives from the Netherlands-based Technical University Delft architectural faculty will discuss deflated textile constructions. Lecturers from the Institute of Security Technology (Moratex), Poland, will cover energy-absorbing materials for anti-impact products and applications. A representative from VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Germany, will discuss intelligent textiles in concrete structures; while representatives from Karl Mayer Malimo Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Germany, will cover markets and trends for multiaxially reinforced glass and carbon composites.

High-performance polyphenylene sulfides for innovative developments in technical textiles will be the subject of Germany-based Ticona GmbHs lecture. Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Germany, will present a lecture on nano-coating for medical and hygienic applications.

Lectures will be interpreted into German and English. Attendees may make appointments with lecturers at the end of each presentation.

Admission tickets to the Techtextil symposium will also include admission to the concurrent Avantex symposium.

Keeping It Fresh
Techtextil has developed a strong brand recognition blossoming into a global source for nonwovens and technical textiles. Techtextil shows are now held in North America, Russia, India and China. Messe Frankfurt keeps the show fresh and exciting by keeping the lines of communication open with exhibitors.

"Thus, we can take up currents and developments in the market directly and at an early stage, which means the fair remains attractive for exhibitors and visitors," Jänecke said. "Additionally, we profit from the general market trend: The demand for technical textiles has been growing continuously for years, making technical textiles the fastest-growing part of the textile industry. And this growing interest increases our exhibitor potential, too."

  For more information about Techtextil and Avantex, contact Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH 49 69 75 75-0; fax 49 69 75 75-64 33; www.techtextil.com; www.avantex.messefrankfurt.com.

Avantex 2007
Held under the banner of "Face Your Visions Discover The Future Of Clothing," Avantex 2007, the International Forum for Innovative Apparel Textiles, will showcase the latest developments in smart textiles those that make use of applied or integrated electronics and intelligent textiles those that produce predicted effects through interaction with the wearer and the environment.

"Its the only exhibition globally showcasing commercial offerings in smart textiles and wearable electronics from a material and component perspective," said Steve Leftly, CEO, Fibretronic Ltd., England an Avantex exhibitor that develops and manufactures soft electronic component solutions. "This is the most relevant exhibition for showcasing our technologies," he said.

Leftly added that Fibretronic hopes to introduce technical managers and buyers to the companys products and technologies, as well as to network with similar companies, colleagues and the press.

Exhibitors at Avantex numbering 29 from eight countries as of TW' s press time will be divided into the following product groups: research/development/consulting; textile technology; fibers and yarns; textile surfaces and membranes; textile finishing; high technology in clothing; innovative clothing; textile care; trade associations; and publishers.

The shows application areas fashion, sports, healthcare and workwear will aid visitors in more easily targeting those products and companies that are of the greatest interest.

"At our booth, we shall present not only our current research projects but also our wide range of services for the entire textile process," explained Rose-Marie Riedl, head of corporate communication and research marketing at the Hohenstein Institutes, Germany.

"We cover classic areas such as clothing physiology and clothing technology as well as new topics. We offer unique services, some of which are available worldwide, in the area of textile odor analysis, nanotechnology assessment, as well as potency and safety tests conducted on medical textiles," Riedl added.

"However, these services do require a great deal of explanation. A trade fair such as the Avantex/Techtextil is the ideal platform for us to communicate our services . "

Both Avantex and Techtextil will be held at the Messe Frankfurt Congress Center. Avantex exhibitors will be incorporated into hall 3.1.

"The Avantex/Techtextil is also of great interest to those outside the textile industry. The trade fair organizers do very important work, especially in the areas of press communications, and they offer tremendous support to manufacturers and the trade in the marketing of intelligent textiles [to] the end consumer, and they prepare the ground for innovative developments," she continued.

The fourth edition of the forums accompanying symposium, sponsored by the Technical Textiles Working group of the European Apparel and Textile Organization (EURATEX), Brussels, will be held at the congress center concurrently with the Techtextil-Symposium beginning the afternoon of Monday, June 11, and continuing each morning of the event.

Entitled "Discover the Future of Clothing," symposium topics will include healthcare, electronics and textiles, fashion, sports and workwear, materials and technology.

In addition to the symposiums opening lecture, held jointly with the Techtextil-Symposium, the Avantex-Symposium will feature speakers from a number of companies worldwide including EMS-Chemie AG, Switzerland; DSM Engineering Plastics, the Netherlands; Schoeller Textil AG, Switzerland; Karl Menzel Maschinenfabrik, Germany; Outlast Technologies Inc., Boulder, Colo.; Interactive Wear AG, Germany; and Textronics Inc., Wilmington, Del.; among others; as well as from numerous international academic institutions including the Hohenstein Institutes, which has regularly participated in past Avantex symposiums.

"It gives us a good opportunity to present our research results to a broad public, Riedl said."

May/June 2007