Frankfurt, we have lift off!
This morning, Techtextil, International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, and its sister fair, Texprocess, well, took off.
One of the highlights of this year’s fair(s) is the ‘Living in Space’ exhibition organised in cooperation with European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which shows the spectrum of applications for technical textiles on the example of a future mission to Mars. (More about this later in the blog.)
“Textile innovations keep pushing out the boundaries of the achievable”, said Dirk Wiese, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi), at the opening ceremony. The textile industry is a good example of how a sector can keep reinventing itself. “Much of what you can see here at the fair is very likely to become a part of everyday life in the future.” Over the coming four days, almost 1,500 exhibitors from over 50 countries, an increase of six percent compared to 2015, are showing what this future will look like in the form of fibre-based materials, productions, solutions and research results.
Textiles, the jacks of all trades
The largest areas of applications represented at the fair are Indutech, Mobiltech, Buildtech and Protech (Indu…what? Here is an overview of all twelve areas of application) . It soon becomes apparent: technical textiles and nonwovens are genuine jacks of all trades. For example, Deutsche Bank reported in 2016 that, “Technical textiles (including nonwovens) have been and continue to be an important driving force for this positive development. Thanks to a continuous series of innovations and product-specific advantages, such as low weight, the number of areas of application for these products is growing continuously.”
Over the coming days, we will seek out some of these innovative highlights and tell you a little about the people behind them. Incidentally, the previous edition of the fair, two years ago, was opened by the current Minister of Economics, Brigitte Zypries, who, at that time, was the Parliamentary Undersecretary of State. So, it will be interesting to see what becomes of Mr Wiese in two years’ time.
Source header picture: ESA – Stephane Corvaja, 2016