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Number of registrations for Techtextil exceeding expectations

Exhibitors and visitors can look forward to the biggest Techtextil ever from 4 to 7 May 2015. With around four months still to go before the Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens opens its doors, the area booked is already ten percent greater than the total space occupied in 2013. In addition to international market leaders, numerous returnees and new exhibitors have signed up for Techtextil 2015. Additionally, the trade fair also includes an extensive complementary programme of events.

"The large number of registrations is primarily the result of our strategic- development concept. With its focus on functional apparel textiles, the new Hall 6.1 is already very well booked. Many exhibitors, several of them new customers, have welcomed the addition of a fourth day for the fair. After all, the world market for technical textiles and nonwovens is growing continuously", says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt. Renowned companies taking part in Techtextil for the first time and returning exhibitors include British Textile Machinery Association, Carrington Workwear, Lankhorst Pure Composites, Nike IHM, SATI, Sympatex Technologies and Technische Textilien Lörrach.

The following countries will be represented by pavilions at Techtextil 2015: Belgium, China, France, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA. New is a Swiss pavilion while a Russian pavilion is currently being discussed.

Nike a new exhibitor in Hall 6.1
To be occupied by Techtextil for the first time this year, Hall 6.1 is already showing signs of being a magnet for visitors. "It will not only house themed special shows and pavilions, such as the Portuguese pavilion. It is also the setting for manufacturers from all over the world who want to present their latest developments in the fields of functional apparel textiles and smart textiles", says Michael Jänecke, Director Brand Management Technical Textiles & Textile Processing. "We are particularly pleased that Nike IHM will be taking part for the first time." Registrations for Hall 6.1 have also been received from the following companies: Huntsman Advanced Material, Klopman International, Outlast Europe, Schoeller Textil and Toray GmbH.

In Hall 6.1, exhibitors and visitors will also find the 'Innovation made in Germany' area of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi) with numerous young and innovative companies based in Germany. Applications for the BMWi Area are still possible on the Techtextil website.

Modified programme of events with new Innovative Apparel Show
The Techtextil programme of events has been expanded and optimised for 2015. The new heart of Techtextil and the concurrent Texprocess is the 'Innovative Apparel Show' where four universities and fashion schools will present their innovative designs on all four days of the fair. After a 'live walk', they will explain the processes and materials used. This will also illuminate synergies to Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials. The pieces shown and other student creations will also be on show in a special exhibition in Hall 6.1.
The concept of Techtextil Symposium, one of the world's leading events for textile research, has also been adapted this year. Thus, the themes of the Avantex Symposium for functional apparel textiles have been integrated into the four-day congress. Instead of concurrent lectures, Techtextil Symposium is now split into six successive lecture blocks, each with six presentations. Additionally, it moves from the Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt to Hall 4.2 in the middle of the fair. The subjects to be covered at Techtextil Symposium 2015 include thermo-plastic composites, bio-based polymer composites, hybrid yarns, self-cleaning textiles, 3D printing, 3D spacer fabrics for personal protective equipment, multi-axial technologies for customised technical textiles, smart fabrics and a lecture on the 'Spacetex' project.
The Techtextil Innovation Award for outstanding inventions and developments in the fields of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional apparel textiles will be presented for the 13th time at Techtextil 2015. This award is also open to companies not exhibiting at Techtextil. The previous awards, the Techtextil Innovation Award and the Avantex Innovation Award, are being continued under the new name. The deadline for receipt of entries is 20 February 2015.
Additionally, Techtextil and the international TensiNet association are holding the 13th Textile Structures for New Building 2015' student competition, which spotlights innovative and realistic approaches and solutions to building with textiles or textile-reinforced materials. The closing date for receipt of entries for the competition, which is worth a total of € 8,000, is 27 February 2015. Besides an awards ceremony during Techtextil, all award-winning projects will be on show at a special exhibition in Hall 6.1.

Commerzbank report backs up growth prognosis
A report by the Commerzbank published at the end of 2014 provides comprehensive insights into the growth perspectives of the technical-textiles sector. At present, China and India account for around half of world production whereby nonwovens and composites expected to grow at above-average rates over the coming years. Even without nonwovens and composites, the sector is expected to be worth around US $ 160 billion by 2018. While nonwovens are mainly used for hygiene products and wipes, the construction and automobile sectors are the dominant areas of application for composites. "In the long term, technical textiles will profit from global mega-trends, such as population growth, urbanisation and increasing environmental protection. Another driving force is the emergence of new areas of application and new manufacturing processes", says Jürgen Grebe, Corporate Sector Analyst, Commerzbank AG.

For the third time, Techtextil will be held concurrently with Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials (also from 4 to 7 May 2015). A total of 1,652 exhibitors and 40,000 international trade visitors attended Texprocess und Techtextil 2013 – a new record. Over 27,400 of these trade visitors saw the products and services being shown by 1,330 exhibitors at Techtextil. Additionally, more than 5,300 Texprocess visitors also looked in on Techtextil to gather information about the exhibits there. Over 95 percent of the exhibition space occupied by Texprocess 2013 has already been booked.



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