Global Textile Business Back in Frankfurt: Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil

Updated: Jul 20

Press Release

Associate SPESA member VDMA issued a press release June 27, 2022, detailing the recent Techtextil, Texprocess, and Heimtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, which took place in June.

With a total of 117 participating nations, around 63,000 visitors and 2,300 exhibitors, the international textile fairs got off to a brilliant re-start at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. Across all three events - Techtextil, Texprocess and the unique Heimtextil Summer Special - Italy, France, Turkey, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Pakistan and the USA made up the top visitor nations. On all three business platforms, in addition to brisk order activity and high visitor quality and satisfaction, the concentrated positive energy of personal global encounters was particularly noticeable.

"The world is meeting again in Frankfurt. International encounters and invigorating new business showed immediately after the pandemic-related break: the textile trade fair business is back in business and shows its global strength. This means that we and our global Texpertise Network, with around 60 events in the textile value chain worldwide, are looking positively to the future. At the same time, against the backdrop of global challenges, we will continue to expand our international partnerships, such as with the Conscious Fashion & Lifestyle Network in cooperation with the UN Office for Partnerships," says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt.

Despite ongoing isolated travel restrictions, all three trade fairs maintained their pre-pandemic level of internationality in terms of both exhibitors and visitors. In addition to European countries, Pakistan, India, Korea and the USA were among the top visitor nations. Visitor satisfaction also remained stable at a high level at all three events, averaging 91 percent. Intensive live discussions with old and new partners, new global contacts in personal exchanges, spontaneous cooperations in direct dialog - all this was finally possible again. Buyers from all over the world took advantage of the unique parallelism of the trade fair trio for cross-networking to place orders and initiate new business.

With a global volume of almost 1,000 billion US dollars[1] and a forecast growth rate of more than 4.4 percent until 2026[2], the textile sector is one of the most important global industries. "The textile industry remains a high-growth market that needs face-to-face interaction. With a unique crossover, we have offered the markets the most important international marketplace for product innovations along almost the entire textile value chain at exactly the right time in times of massive supply chain disruptions," said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.

Techtextil and Texprocess Impress with Diverse Range

At Techtextil and Texprocess, sustainable materials and processing technologies, automation and digital processes, as well as innovations and progressive new developments, ran through the exhibitor range. Information and inspiration were provided by conference formats such as the Techtextil and Texprocess Forum, among others.

Techtextil 2022 impressed with its internationality and user diversity. Exhibitors from twelve application areas and eleven product groups met with a broad range of visitors' interest in offerings. "For SIOEN, Techtextil 2022 was a great success. We were able to meet customers from all industries and nations. These were hungry to see their suppliers. In contrast to digital meetings, personal exchanges play a major role in customer meetings at trade shows," reports Jan Mortier, Commercial Director at SIOEN, Belgium.

A very high number of visitors characterized Techtextil this year. This enabled exhibitors to present the new and further developments of their products from the last three years to a large audience. "At Techtextil 2022, we presented our new product 'bluefibre' to a wide public for the first time. The focus was on a recycling cycle - starting with the recycled fiber, continuing with the product and ending with its renewed recycling. Our aim was to act as a source of ideas and we succeeded in this. We were happy to meet people in person and exchange ideas with people we know," says Stefan Kreuzer, senior product developer at exhibitor Sandler, Germany.

Exhibitors at Texprocess also took the opportunity to present their new products internationally. Progressive approaches were recognized with the Texprocess or Techtextil Innovation Award. Paul van Bentum, Vice President and General Manager Administration at JUKI, Poland, confirms: "We were very pleased with the large number of visitors. It is nice to meet physically again. Texprocess is an important platform to gather our distributors in one place. In addition to a mix of our products and our customers' products, we were also able to present the AW-3S automatic bobbin thread winding and feeding device, which won a Texprocess Innovation Award."

Sustainable companies with progressive and sustainable fibers, yarns and fabrics, as well as new processes, cutting technologies, water-saving dyeing methods or innovative processing technologies, were once again marked by an independent international group of experts as part of Sustainability@Techtextil and Sustainability@Texprocess, following a successful audit. Among them was Texprocess exhibitor EPSON. "At Texprocess 2022, we experienced a high level of buying interest from customers. Visitors on site were interested in doing business. We met many international customers, such as from South Africa or Australia. In cooperation with partner companies such as DMIx or the German Fashion Institute, we were able to present workflows from color selection to the final product - such as a printed ski - for the first time," reports Achim Bukmakowski, Head of Sales, Commercial & Industrial Printing CEE and DACH at EPSON, Germany.

Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies (TFL), draws an optimistic conclusion from this year's Texprocess: "Thanks in particular to the many high-calibre and also international visitors, the mood was positive all round - despite current uncertainties and the resulting cautious expectations of Texprocess exhibitors in the run-up to the fair. At the fair, in personal exchanges, it nevertheless became clear once again that, precisely because the textile world is currently changing rapidly, there is an immense need for investment in technology. Automation, sustainability and flexibility are just the most important keywords here."

Experience Techtextil and Texprocess Digitally

For the first time, Techtextil and Texprocess were also held virtually. In the Digital Extension, exhibitors presented themselves digitally and thus extended their presence at the trade fair. As early as 13 June 2022, visitors were able to take advantage of many of the Digital Extension's offerings and make optimum preparations for their visit to the trade fair. The digital platform of Techtextil and Texprocess will be available until July 8, 2022. This means that Messe Frankfurt's conference formats, such as the Techtextil and Texprocess forums, can also continue to be accessed.

Heimtextil Summer Special: Expectations of Special Edition Exceeded

Due to the cancellation of the regular Heimtextil in January due to the pandemic, the international trade fair was held this year as a one-off Summer Special, parallel to Techtextil & Texprocess, at the request of the industry. "This was our first Heimtextil and we are very satisfied. In 2023, we would like to double our booth space. We had many new contacts, especially international, from France, from Arab countries, but also from Germany. Only the German specialized trade was missing. Actually, I was an opponent of the one-time June date, but I am pleasantly surprised. We even had many business deals during the fair," says Rüdiger Speicher, sales manager at Teppiche Lalee oHG.

Turkish exhibitor Barine Tekstil was also satisfied and is already planning for the next Heimtextil, which will then fall on the original January date again. "Even though it was not crowded, we had numerous new contacts in the first three days. We are satisfied and will be back in January 2023." said Gamze Karakaya, Sales Manager at Barine Tekstil San Ic ve Dis Tic AS.

Wholesalers from Europe and overseas also found first-class contacts for their volume business. It became clear: the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, which this year was held in the summer for the first time at the request of the industry, has already succeeded in returning to the international stage, even with a smaller summer range. Visitors were delighted to finally experience and order home and household textiles - from contract, decorative and upholstery fabrics to functional textiles and end products for textile furnishings, textile design and bedding - haptically again.

Sustainability as a Clear Focus of Heimtextil

The Heimtextil Summer Special was forward-looking with its clear focus on sustainability. A wide range of products - from fibers made from PET bottles and fair trade natural materials to textile products with QR codes for tracking the entire production process - enabled visitors to experience the megatrend of sustainability in its entirety. Linen in combination with other natural fibers such as hemp and wool as well as bed linen made of cotton coated with cork were also part of the green global product portfolio. In this context, the daily Green Tours with insights into recyclable textiles were also well received.

Heimtextil Trends provided fresh impetus for the industry. The Trend Space put the spotlight on unusual approaches to avoiding waste and economic imbalances. Other crowd-pullers were the Green Village with reliable certificates providing orientation in the green jungle, as well as the Heimtextil Conference "Sleep & More" on the mega-topic of sleep and sustainable hotels, and the range of lectures and guided tours as part of Interior.Architecture.Hospitality.

The next Heimtextil will take place from January 10 to 13, 2023. The next Techtextil and Texprocess will be held from April 23 to 26, 2024.

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