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Textile Show Duo Recurs In Frankfurt

Colocated Techtextil and Texprocess will present exhibits, symposiums, awards and other highlights at Messe Frankfurt's fairgrounds.

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This coming June, trade show producer and organizer Messe Frankfurt GmbH will welcome textile industry professionals to its fairground in Frankfurt am Main for two concurrent shows: Techtextil 2013, the 15th edition of the International Trade Fair for the Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Industries; and Texprocess 2013, the 2nd edition of the International Trade Fair for Processing Textiles and Flexible Materials.

Messe Frankfurt reports the premiere of Texprocess alongside Techtextil in 2011 was a great success. The shows that year altogether saw more than 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries showing their products and services to nearly 35,000 attendees from 96 countries. Organizers are anticipating more exhibitors and visitors at the 2013 editions of the biennial shows.

Techtextil 2013
Techtextil will take place Tuesday, June 11, through Thursday, June 13, with exhibits set up in Halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.1 at Messe Frankfurt.

To aid attendees in finding providers of the products, services and technologies relevant to their needs and interests, Techtextil exhibitors will be classified according to 12 application areas:

  • Agrotech, including agriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape gardening;
  • Buildtech, including membrane construction, lightweight and solid structures, earthworks, hydraulic engineering and road construction;
  • Clothtech, including shoe and clothing manufacturing;
  • Geotech, including road construction, civil engineering, and dam and waste site construction;
  • Hometech, including furniture, upholstery, floor covering and carpet manufacturing;
  • Indutech, including mechanical engineering, and the chemical and electrical industries;
  • Medtech, including medical and hygiene products;
  • Mobiltech, including ship and aircraft construction, and automotive, railway and space travel;
  • Oekotech, including environmental protection, waste disposal and recycling;
  • Packtech, including packaging, covering and transportation of goods;
  • Protech, including personal and property protection; and
  • Sporttech, including sports and leisure.

Product groups and services offered include: research, development, planning and consultation; technology, machinery and accessories; fibers and yarns; woven fabrics, scrims, braids and knitted fabrics; nonwovens; coated textiles; composites; bondtec; functional apparel textiles; associations; and publishers.

Messe Frankfurt is expecting a large number of international visitors and exhibitors at Techtextil, which will feature 13 national pavilions from countries and regions including Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, India, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The 2013 edition of Techtexil is the largest to date in terms of exhibition space, which already is fully booked, according to organizers.

"Never before has the booking situation for Techtextil been so good," said Detlef Braun, member of the Executive Board, Messe Frankfurt. "Following the highly successful 2011 event, we are once again heading for a record fair in 2013."

Automotive interior textiles is just one of the many technical textiles and nonwovens applications that will be on display at Techtextil.

Symposiums & Awards
The 17th International Techtextil Symposium — to be held June 11-13 — and the 7th International Avantex Symposium — to be held June 11-12 — together will offer 11 sessions and 66 lectures by speakers who will present recent developments and trends in global textile research.

The Techtextil Symposium is split into eight themed blocks with six lectures per block, and will cover topics including sustainable textile technologies and technical textiles, fibers and composites, smart materials and flexible electronics, surface modification and finishing, lightweight technical textile structures, new processes, and textile-reinforced concrete. The Avantex Symposium is split into three themed blocks, also with six lectures per block, and will cover topics including smart textiles and functional apparel.

The Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in research, materials, products, technologies and applications, will be presented at a special ceremony on Monday, June 10. Prize-winning entries will be exhibited in a special show during the fair.

On June 10, the Brussels-based TensiNet Association and Techtextil will present awards for the 12th student competition, "Textile Structures For New Building 2013," with an additional theme of "Suitability for Re-Use and Recycling." The competition recognizes innovative approaches and solutions appropriate for textile or textile-reinforced construction applications. Award-winning projects will be exhibited in a special show during Techtextil.

In addition, TensiNet and Techtextil will for the first time present a "Textile Exhibition Stand" special award recognizing the use of suitable textile materials for the construction of Techtextil exhibition stands.

Texprocess 2013
Texprocess, produced in partnership with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Garment and Leather Technology Association, will take place Monday, June 10, through Thursday, June 13, with exhibits set up in Halls 4.0, 5.0, 5.1 and 6.0 at Messe Frankfurt.

Exhibitors will showcase the latest machinery, equipment, processes and services for the making-up of textiles and other flexible materials. Product groups include design, cutting, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, information technology (IT), quality control, stitching, joining, embroidery, product processing, finishing, logistics and internal material flow, among other product groups.

Special features include IT@Texprocess: Successful Software Solutions for the Fashion Industry — an area in Hall 4.0 dedicated to software producers; and Source-it — Texprocess's international sourcing platform, which will be located in Hall 5.0 and will offer suppliers an opportunity to show their contract manufacturing capabilities. Messe Frankfurt also has introduced the itex-apparel sourcing system, an online matchmaking program that will open prior to the show in April.

Assyst GmbH will exhibit its integrated computer-aided design and product lifestyle management solutions for the fashion industry at Texprocess.

Messe Frankfurt reports that as of Textile World 's press time, more than 80 percent of exhibition space for Texprocess has been filled.

"The second edition of Texprocess continues with the success achieved by the premiere," Braun said. The unique concept of holding the fair parallel to Techtextil, its innovative character and the 'Source-it' procurement platform are exactly in line with the needs of the market."

Complementary Program
The Texprocess Forum lecture program will cover topics such as new technologies, sustainability and social standards, sourcing, customs policies, and logistics and quality management. Texprocess Innovation Awards will be presented to outstanding product innovations and solutions, with winning projects exhibited in a special area of Hall 4.0. Texprocess Campus, a collaboration with fashion and design educational institutions, will present training and professional development opportunities in the fashion industry.

For more information about Techtextil 2013 and Texprocess 2013, visit techtextil.com and texprocess.com.

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