Frankfurt: the epicentre of textile innovations
The epicentre of textile innovations was located at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday morning. Its effects are expected to be felt in numerous branches of industry very soon. Experts call it ‘Techtextil’ and it can already be said that this year’s is the biggest ever.
“A host of textile innovations” can be expected in the coming four days (14 to 17 May) said presenter Ingolf Baur, better known to German television viewers as presenter of the ‘nano’ science magazine on 3sat television, during the opening ceremony of the Techtextil and Texprocess trade fairs in Frankfurt am Main on Tuesday morning. This is the fifth time that the two fairs have turned the city on the River Main into ‘Textile Town’. Subsequently, Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, said, “Both fairs are bigger than ever before – they are the epicentre of textile innovations”. The statistics leave no doubt that this really is the biggest Techtextil ever. With 421 exhibitors from Germany and 1,080 from abroad, it can boast a 72 percent level of internationality. Indeed, there was a harbinger of this success: the number of exhibitor registrations received by January 2019, was already higher than the total for the 2017 edition, which was attended by 1,477 exhibitors from 55 countries and more than 33,600 visitors from 104 nations. Now, we must wait and see whether this year’s fair will also top that number of visitors.
“Once a textile specialist, always a textile specialist”
It is one of those events that representatives of German ministries are always pleased to open. “I am delighted to be here today”, said Thomas Bareiss, Parliamentary Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi). For him, opening the fair is a kind of home game: after completing his degree in business management, he worked for textile companies in Izmir, Turkey, and in the Swabian Alps region of Germany for ten years. “That was my entry into the working world”, he recalls. At that time, his boss said to him: “Once a textile specialist, always a textile specialist”. Today, he knows what his boss meant. Fun fact: Bareiss comes from Albstadt where the first textile-reinforced concrete bridge was built in 2005 and then, five years later, the world’s longest one.
Bareiss praised, “The great innovativeness of the sector”, particularly given the process of structural change that has occurred in recent decades, and spoke of the “Huge importance of textiles for the development of society and young people in the future.” Moreover, said the politician, “Textile innovations are always pushing back the boundaries of the feasible”. Now, trade visitors can see for themselves just how far they are likely to be pushed back over the coming four days. Naturally, those of you who couldn’t make it to Frankfurt can also read about many of them here in this blog.
Cover Image: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH/ Thomas Fedra