The Heat Is On
The Heat Is On
22/06/2017

The Heat Is On

With the spring weather we were lucky enough to receive during Techtextil, you could be forgiven for not thinking much about heated textiles as you were munching on your bratwurst and sipping a beer in the fairground’s sunshine-bathed courtyard. But the unseasonal April snow in Frankfurt a few weeks before the fair – a particularly [...] Weiterlesen...

Solidian Reinforcements for the new Bosporus Bridge
Solidian Reinforcements for the new Bosporus Bridge
17/05/2017

Solidian Reinforcements for the new Bosporus Bridge

Enormous 320 m bridge pillars, the world’s highest, are rising towards the sky at the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul. During the construction of the pylons, curtain facades with reinforcements from the solidian GmbH, a specialist in textile concrete from Albstadt in Germany, were realized for the Turkish company Fibrobeton that used the elements to build [...] Weiterlesen...

Individual is the new black
Individual is the new black
15/05/2017

Individual is the new black

Investors use the word ‘unicorn’ to describe start-up companies valued at over a billion US dollars. When applied to the potential for personalised clothing, the metaphor of this fabulous animal scores a bull’s eye – or rather a unicorn’s horn! Actually, Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for the garment manufacturing and textile processing industry, [...] Weiterlesen...

The smart touch
The smart touch
12/05/2017

The smart touch

With ‘smart’ (i.e. electrically conductive) textiles, which can warm us, illuminate our lives with colourful lighting, monitor our vital parameters or communicate with our smartphones via Bluetooth, the textile industry is creating a whole new field of applications in which growth rates of up to 30 percent per annum are forecast.  “Can it say ‘OK’?” [...] Weiterlesen...

A few steps ahead
A few steps ahead
12/05/2017

A few steps ahead

Innovations are essential for a sector to get ahead quickly. As at previous editions of the fair, this year’s ‘Techtextil Innovation Award’ once again put the spotlight on some of the many new textile developments. “Intelligent technologies don’t stop at the entrance to the hospital ward”, said the Award jury honouring an intelligent knee bandage [...] Weiterlesen...

Pullovers from volcanic rock
Pullovers from volcanic rock
11/05/2017

Pullovers from volcanic rock

The fact that basalt is a volcanic rock doesn’t prevent some people in the textile industry from drawing fibres and manufacturing products from it. The results are sturdy and, at the same time, lightweight constructions – or, indeed, pullovers for offshore wind farms. In the student competition ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ this volcanic rock [...] Weiterlesen...

Clothes prove an attraction
Clothes prove an attraction
11/05/2017

Clothes prove an attraction

Professionally severe model looks, smiling designers, hundreds in the enthusiastic audience – after the success of its debut at the Techtextil trade fair in 2015, the second edition of the ‘Innovative Apparel Show’ is once again drawing the crowds. In the context of the fashion show, designers from four fashion schools in France, Italy, Portugal [...] Weiterlesen...

Dude, where's my car?
Dude, where's my car?
11/05/2017

Dude, where's my car?

In the comedy film ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’ Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott, better known as Stifler in ‘American Pie’, search for their car. Should there ever be a sequel, the two would be well advised to begin their search at Techtextil.  “Yarns from Schoeller are not only to be found in BMW and [...] Weiterlesen...

The Teflon Pavilion
The Teflon Pavilion
10/05/2017

The Teflon Pavilion

Even for experts, the term Polytetrafluorethylene is too complicated – but abbreviates to PTFE, which we know in ordinary language as Teflon. And this is the material, also used to make spacesuits for astronauts, in which Dutch star architect, Ben van Berkel has designed a fibre space pavilion. We had a word with him. Mr. [...] Weiterlesen...

Encounter of the textile kind
Encounter of the textile kind
09/05/2017

Encounter of the textile kind

A space exhibition without an astronaut is just a stretch of red sand with examples of high-tech products on it. Hence, astronaut and physicist Dr Reinhold Ewald dropped in. “We do not see ourselves as heroes but simply as hard-working people”, said Ewald to representatives of the media at yesterday’s opening press conference. The professor [...] Weiterlesen...

Techtextil 2017 Litex conductive yarns / Photo: LiTex

The Heat Is On

With the spring weather we were lucky enough to receive during Techtextil, you could be forgiven for not thinking much about heated textiles as you were munching on your bratwurst and sipping a beer in the fairground’s sunshine-bathed courtyard. But the unseasonal April snow in Frankfurt a few weeks before the fair – a particularly ... Read more...

Solidian Reinforcements for the new Bosporus Bridge

Enormous 320 m bridge pillars, the world’s highest, are rising towards the sky at the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul. During the construction of the pylons, curtain facades with reinforcements from the solidian GmbH, a specialist in textile concrete from Albstadt in Germany, were realized for the Turkish company Fibrobeton that used the elements to build ... Read more...

Individual is the new black

Investors use the word ‘unicorn’ to describe start-up companies valued at over a billion US dollars. When applied to the potential for personalised clothing, the metaphor of this fabulous animal scores a bull’s eye – or rather a unicorn’s horn! Read more...

The smart touch

With ‘smart’ (i.e. electrically conductive) textiles, which can warm us, illuminate our lives with colourful lighting, monitor our vital parameters or communicate with our smartphones via Bluetooth, the textile industry is creating a whole new field of applications in which growth rates of up to 30 percent per annum are forecast.  Read more...

A few steps ahead

Innovations are essential for a sector to get ahead quickly. As at previous editions of the fair, this year’s ‘Techtextil Innovation Award’ once again put the spotlight on some of the many new textile developments. Read more...

Pullovers from volcanic rock

The fact that basalt is a volcanic rock doesn’t prevent some people in the textile industry from drawing fibres and manufacturing products from it. The results are sturdy and, at the same time, lightweight constructions – or, indeed, pullovers for offshore wind farms. Read more...