Textile Technology section
JEC Asia: successful exhibition and new name
The annual meeting for the Asia-Pacific professionals of the composites industry, JEC Asia, took place from November 13-15, 2019 in Seoul/Korea. The event welcomed more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations to more than 6,600 attendees from 49 countries.
JEC Asia 2019 held a sturdy conference program starting with the 14th International Carbon Festival, the Symposium on Carbon Materials, and Composite Technologies. A total of 40 international speakers expressed their views and shared their visions in the form of keynote presentations on composites applied to automotive and aeronautics.
With the support of MAI Carbon, a project of Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV), Augsburg/Germany, and local universities, the Student Program was also a great success with more than 300 students attending specific conferences and getting to visit the show within a guided tour.
After 3 successful JEC Asia shows in Seoul, it has been officially announced that the new name of the event, JEC Korea, will come into effect as of 2020, in order to promote the Korean composites sector.
JIAM: continued growth for apparel and textile industry trade fair
From May 20-23, 2020 the 18th Japan International Apparel Machinery Trade Show (JIAM) Osaka/ Japan will open doors once again.
The number of exhibitors is expected to increase by around 6%, and several producers of sewing and apparel technology have increased the size of their exhibition stands compared to the previous year. As of November 2019, 90% of the exhibition space has been booked.
Themed “The forefront of the future technology and master craftsmanship collaboration” the JIAM will host exhibitors from all other the world, including the German machinery association VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies (VDMA TFL), Munich, who will be on site with a 100 m² stand.
Taking place since 2008, the JIAM continues to establish itself as one of the globally most important trade fairs for the apparel and textile industry.
For further information: www.jiam-show.com/en
Cinte 2020: exhibitor applications now open
The China International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, Cinte Techtextil China, will take place from September 2-4, 2020 in Shanghai/China. Asia’s leading international trade fair for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry returns its 14th edition. Applications for exhibition space are now being accepted.
The fair’s product categories cover 12 application areas, which comprehensively span the full range of potential uses of modern textile technologies. These categories also span the entire industry, from upstream equipment and raw materials providers to finished fabrics, chemicals and other solutions. This full coverage of product groups and application areas ensures the fair is an effective business platform for the entire industry.
As in past editions, around 1/3 of exhibitors will be overseas suppliers. They will occupy the International Hall which also accommodates the European Zone, as well as a number of overseas country and region pavilions. Chinese suppliers will cover 2 further halls.
The previous fair in 2018 hosted some 485 exhibitors from 22 countries, while there were 13,203 visitors coming from 55 countries.
For further information: www.techtextilchina.com
Bild: Messe Frankfurt
Techtextil and Texprocess 2021: Registrations possible now
Exhibitors can now register immediately for the 2 leading international trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess 2021. Any exhibitor booking the stand place early will benefit from an early bird price.
Once again, from May 4-7, 2021, the leading international trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil and for the processing of textile and flexible materials, Texprocess will be attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world to Frankfurt/Germany. Companies which book a stand at one of the 2 fairs by no later than February 21, 2020 will benefit from an early-bird price. And another new feature: for the first time Techtextil and Texprocess will be occupying a total of 7 halls in the western section of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre.
With 1,818 exhibitors jointly from 59 countries and a total of some 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries, May 2019 saw the biggest Techtextil and Texprocess ever held so far in Frankfurt.
Intertextile Apparel: Fashionsustain conference
Fashion is witnessing an essential shift, as more global brands and groups commit to ambitious environmental targets. At the 25th anniversary of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Autumn Edition, to be held from September 25-27, 2019 in Shanghai/China, eco-friendly supply chain switches and services can be found at the All About Sustainability zone.
The zone will also host the 1st Fashionsustain conference. Intertextile has highlighted the importance of sustainability with a dedicated zone since 2008.
The Fashionsustain conference on September 26, 2019, will focus on technology, sustainability, digitalization and innovation as important drivers of the fashion and textile industries. From retail to diversity, the repercussions of social economic and ecological changes on retail, production and sales will be put under the spotlight, as well as topics such as feminism, equality, diversity, craftsmanship and the cultural dimension of sustainability in fashion. Currently confirmed participants include speakers from Hugo Boss, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), Fashion For Good, Li & Fung, Sourcebook, Kaleidoscope Berlin and DyeCoo / Re-access. Simultaneous interpretation between Chinese and English will be available.
The Intertexile will be held concurrently at the same venue with Yarn Expo Autumn, CHIC and PH Value trade fairs.
For further information: www.intertextileapparel.com
OutDoor by ISPO 2019: industry is becoming increasingly sustainable
With 1,018 exhibitors and more than 22,000 visitors, the 1st OutDoor by ISPO from June 30-July 3 in Munich/Germany was Europe’s largest outdoor trade fair. International exhibitors made up 84% of the total. Countries with the largest participation were Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, China, Sweden and the USA.
More than 22,000 trade visitors from 90 countries attended the trade fair. About 2/3 of them came from countries outside Germany. Countries with the largest number of visitors were Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, France and the Netherlands.
Themes presented at the fair ranged from classic outdoor activities like hiking, trail running, water sports and urban outdoor to the first-time integration of adventure travel and bikes. Also very well received was the new Cross-Industry segment, with presentations at the trade fairs automatica, electronica, Expo Real, IFAT, Lopec, Laser World of Pjptpmocs and transport logistic, as well as presentations by representatives of the respective industries, which demonstrated the potential for cooperation with other industries outside the outdoor sector.
One theme shaped every segment of the fair: Sustainability has been an absolute must-have for the entire outdoor industry for years now. Industry heavyweights like adidas and Vaude as well as smaller companies like Picture Organic Clothing, Pyua and the newcomer Palgero demonstrated that recycled polyester fibers and natural materials – like fibers from wood or brown algae – represent real alternatives to conventional synthetic fibers.
ITMA: Speakers Platform and Sustainable Innovation Award
A diverse panel of industry experts has been invited to share future trends, rare insights and strategic solutions at the Speakers Platform during the textile and garment technology exhibition ITMA 2019 to be held in Barcelona/Spain from June 20-26. The Speakers Platform is part of the ITMA Innovation Lab, a special feature launched to promote innovation excellence in the textile and garment industry. This is the first time that experts from non-exhibiting commercial organizations have been invited to participate.
The invited industry speakers will join ITMA 2019 exhibitors selected to make their presentations based on the following themes:
• innovative raw materials and manufacturing technology
• strategic business innovation through automation and digitalization
• technical textiles innovations and manufacturing technology
• sustainable textile and garment manufacturing in the circular economy.
To be held from June 21-25, the Speakers Platform will also feature panel discussions.
Furthermore, the finalists of the 2nd ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award have been unveiled. The award comprises 2 categories: ITMA Industry Excellence Award which celebrates the collaboration of ITMA exhibitors and their customers, and the ITMA Research & Innovation (R&I) Excellence Award for Master’s students of R&I Pavilion exhibiting institutions.
The Industry Excellence Award recognizes textile and garment manufacturers who have leveraged technological innovations to advance business sustainability that benefit people, planet and profit. The R&I Excellence Award recognizes outstanding achievements in textile and garment related post-graduate research.
Techtextil/Texprocess: high internationality
With a total of 1,818 exhibitors from 59 countries and, in all, some 47,000 trade visitors from 116 countries, the largest editions of Techtextil and Texprocess ever to be held ended in Frankfurt/Germany. From May 14-17, 2019, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil and the international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials Texprocess again became the platform for users of technical textiles from the widest variety of sectors, as well as for manufacturers of apparel, upholstered furniture and leather products.
1,080 (72%) of the exhibitors were from abroad. After Germany, the 5 biggest exhibitor nations were Italy (134), China (113), France (103), Switzerland (63) and the UK (62). Taking part for the first time or returning after a period of absence were Brazil, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Tunisia. Additionally, 14 countries were represented by national pavilions. Particular exhibitor growth was registered from Turkey, the Czech Republic, China, the USA and Taiwan.
There was, amongst others, strong representation at the Techtextil for suppliers of fabrics for functional apparel and of smart textiles with integral lighting, heating and sensory functionality, which are used in sportswear, fashionwear, outdoor clothes and workwear.
The Texprocess was also all about digital solutions for the sector – from fully networked production lines in the form of micro-factories and machines capable of autonomous learning, to cloud-based collaboration between designers, product developers, manufactures and retailers across national boundaries.
With ‘Sustainability at Techtextil and Texprocess’ both trade fairs focused on the approaches that its exhibitors are adopting to sustainability issues. A dedicated exhibition guide took visitors straight to the relevant exhibitors. Also, for the first time, in 2019 there were 2 winners of the Techtextil Innovation Award in the sustainability category.
Voith: expanded collaboration with Guarneri Technology and Elmatex
The manufacturer of paper technology Voith Paper Walztechnik AG, Zurich/Switzerland, part of the Voith Group, Heidenheim/Germany, is further expanding its cooperation with the manufacturer of calender systems Guarneri Technology S.r.l, Busto Arsizio/Italy and the sales partner for the textile and nonwovens industry Elmatex GmbH, Krefeld/Germany.
Voith Nipco rollers have been installed in Guarneri Technology calender systems for different industrial applications since many years. This combination is working not only in the field of textiles and technical textiles, it can also be used in the processing of nonwovens and in thermo-bonding.
In 2018, Voith took over the sales activities for Guarneri Technology in the German-speaking area. The distribution partner Elmatex has many years of expertise in the textile, technical textile and nonwovens industry.
With a view to further expanding this partnership, Elmatex, Guarneri Technology and Voith Paper Walztechnik AG will cooperate at various trade fairs in 2019. At the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil in Frankfurt/Germany from May 14-17, 2019 Voith Paper Walztechnik and Guarneri Technology will be represented at the joint stand of Elmatex.
Techtextil/Texprocess: sustainability a major topic
“Sustainability at Techtextil” and “Sustainability at Texprocess” are the 2 topics by which these leading international trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens, Techtextil, and for the processing of textile and flexible materials, Texprocess, in Frankfurt/Germany from May 14-17, 2019, will be explicitly turning their focus for the first time onto their exhibitors' approaches to sustainability, also with a broad complementary program on this topic. Among those contributing will be major players in the industry, such as the international luxury group Kering, Paris/France, the producer of cellulosic fibers, Lenzing AG, Lenzing/Austria, and the e-commerce company Zalando, Berlin/Germany. In addition, numerous event formats will be taking up the topic of sustainability at both fairs. Taking Towards sustainability as its motto, the Techtextil Forum on May 14, 2019 will be providing a series of contributions devoted exclusively to sustainable textile innovations.
For the first time the Techtextil Innovation Award will be presented to 2 firms in the category of sustainability. The winners will be announced and the awards presented on the first day of the fair during the opening ceremony.