Techtextil 2011: Pure Innovative Energy

echtextil 2011 — the 14th edition of Messe Frankfurt GmbH’s flagship trade fair for the
technical textile and nonwoven industries — will return to the Messe Frankfurt fairground in
Frankfurt May 24-26 to provide a forum for discovering new materials and innovative concepts. The
show’s previous edition had a record 1,195 companies from 45 countries exhibiting their products
and services to 23,902 visitors from 85 countries. Approximately two-thirds of those exhibitors and
50 percent of visitors were from abroad. The International Natural Fibres Congress and the
International Wool Textile Organisation Congress were held alongside Techtextil in 2009.

“Precisely because these are times of economic uncertainty, companies have been setting
themselves new targets with innovative products and areas of application — and have in part already
managed to achieve them at Techtextil,” said Detlef Braun, member of Messe Frankfurt’s Board of
Management, recapping Techtextil 2009. “Some eight percent more exhibitors and two percent more
trade visitors represent a double plus for Techtextil — a fantastic outcome. The interest among
trade and professional visitors was enormous.”


Messe Frankfurt will welcome Techtextil and colocated shows to its fairground in

Messe Frankfurt anticipates comparable numbers at this year’s show. “The technical textiles
sector is one of the fastest growing economic areas worldwide,” said Michael Jaenecke, brand
manager, Techtextil. “No other sector produces so many innovations and new developments in such a
short time. And this is reflected by the rate of growth at Techtextil — our exhibitor and visitor
numbers [have risen] consistently. For 2011 we expect another successful fair.” As of

Textile World
‘s press time, 96 percent of the floor space rented in 2009 has been
committed for the 2011 show, he added.

The motto of this year’s Techtextil is “Pure Innovative Energy.” According to a 2010 report
from Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden Württemberg, technical textiles have been successful in
large part because of woven, knitted and nonwoven fabric innovations — and particularly those
fabrics in combination with one another — as approximately 70 percent of all technical textiles are
based on the material qualities. The diversified research being conducted also is a driving force
for technical textiles innovations, as it promotes their discovery and implementation.

In addition to being one of the most innovative industries in the world, the technical
textiles sector ranks among the five high-tech sectors with the greatest development potential,
according to industry analysts. The global technical textiles market has a current value of
approximately $127 billion, with Asia ranking first in textile consumption, accounting for 8.5
million metric tons, followed by the United States with 5.8 million metric tons and Europe with 4.8
million metric tons. Twenty-two percent of technical textiles are manufactured for Mobiltech
applications; 18 percent for Indutech; 10 percent for Buildtech; and 10 percent for Protech.

According to Messe Frankfurt, the trend in the technical textiles industry is toward cost
and weight reduction, energy conservation and sustainability.


Techtextil exhibits will be set up in Halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.1 at Messe Frankfurt. To aid
attendees in finding providers of the products, services and technologies relevant to their needs
and interests, Techtextil exhibitors will be classified according to 12 application areas:

  • Agrotech, including agriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape
  • Buildtech, including membrane construction, lightweight and solid structures,
    earthworks, hydraulic engineering and road construction;
  • Clothtech, including shoe and clothing manufacturing;
  • Geotech, including road construction, civil engineering, and dam and waste site
  • Hometech, including furniture, upholstery, floor covering and carpet
  • Indutech, including mechanical engineering and the chemical and electrical
  • Medtech, including medical and hygiene products; • Mobiltech, including ship and
    aircraft construction, and automotive, railway and space travel;
  • Oekotech, including environmental protection, waste disposal and recycling;
  • Packtech, including packaging, covering and goods transportation;
  • Protech, including personal and property protection; and
  • Sporttech, including sports and leisure.

Product groups and services offered include: research, development, planning and
consultation; technology, machinery and accessories; fibers and yarns; wovens, scrims, braids and
knitted fabrics; nonwovens; coated textiles; composites; bondtec; Avantex innovative apparel
textiles; associations; and publishers.

The fair also will feature eleven national pavilions from countries and regions including
Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the
United States. In addition, there will be a joint stand, called “Avantex Supported by,” for innovative clothing textiles exhibitors.

Symposium Lineup

The 16th International Techtextil Symposium — to be held May 24-26 — and the 6th
International Avantex Symposium — to be held May 24-25 — together will offer 10 sessions and 60
lectures by speakers who will present recent product, material and technology developments; and
discuss international trends and developments. The symposiums are supported by the Brussels-based
European Apparel and Textile Federation (EURATEX) and will take place in the Congress Center.

“Fully in keeping with the motto of the leading international trade fair for technical
textiles and nonwovens, ‘Pure innovation energy,’ the two symposiums take an in-depth look at
issues of importance to the sector and where the trends are headed,” Jaenecke said. “The symposiums
offer orientation and information in the expanding sector of innovative textiles and their

Organizers have revised the symposium schedules this year, with lectures split into morning
and afternoon blocks and fewer lectures held in parallel in order to give attendees the opportunity
to participate in as many events as possible. The schedule on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May
25, will include two concurrent morning blocks with six lectures per block, followed by a lunch
break and two concurrent afternoon blocks with six lectures per block. On Thursday, May 26, there
will be two concurrent morning blocks with six lectures per block. Each block will be dedicated to
a specific subject and will be headed by a chairperson. All lectures and discussions will be
interpreted simultaneously in German and English.

The Techtextil Symposium will present developments in the technical textiles/nonwovens
sector. One of the most innovative fields of research currently is in textile-reinforced composites
— particularly using carbon and ceramic fibers — which have become an important component in
lightweight structures and coatings because of their rigidity, tensile strength and light weight.
Duroplastic and thermoplastic bonded layers are used to reinforce automobile bodies and airplane
parts; the rotor blades of wind turbines; sports equipment; and sheathing for bridges. The first
lecture block, Fiber-based Composites, will cover these applications, among others.

Subsequent lecture blocks include New Materials; Nanotechnology-based High-performance
Textiles; Smart Materials & Flexible Electronics; Surface Modification for New and Adaptive
Functions; New Fibers & Fibers Formation; and Technology: New Developments/New Processes.

The Avantex Symposium will present developments in the entire textile and clothing industry.
Lecture blocks include Personal Protection and Barrier Textiles; Clothing and Electronics; and
Smart Textiles — from Research to New Products.


The Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Prizes, which recognize outstanding achievements in
research, materials, products, technologies, and applications, will be presented at a special
ceremony on Monday, May 23. The Techtextil Innovation Prize is awarded to developments related to
the manufacturing or use of technical textiles, nonwovens, or textile-reinforced materials. The
Avantex Innovation Prize is awarded to developments related to the value-added chain in the apparel
industry. Innovation awards will be presented to works in various fields and categories.
Prize-winning entries will be exhibited in special shows during the fair.

Also on May 23, the Brussels-based TensiNet Association and Techtextil will present awards
for the 11th student competition, “Textile Structures For New Building 2011,” with an additional
theme of “Suitability for Re-Use and Recycling.” Open to current students studying architecture,
building engineering, product design and other related fields — including students in those fields
who completed their studies after Jan. 1, 2010 — the competition recognizes innovative approaches
and solutions appropriate for textile or textile-reinforced construction applications. Prizes will
be awarded in the macro-architecture, micro-architecture, environment and ecology, and composites
and hybrid structures categories. Award-winning projects will be exhibited in a special show during

Colocated Fairs

Messe Frankfurt has partnered with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Garment and
Leather Technology Association to produce Texprocess, the International Trade Fair for Processing
Textile and Flexible Materials, which will debut alongside Techtextil in Frankfurt from May 24 to
27. The new biennial exhibition will feature the latest machinery, plants, processing technology,
information technology and services for the making-up of textile and other flexible materials.
Organizers are expecting 500 exhibitors to participate in the inaugural show.

The 2011 edition of Material Vision — Materials for Product Development, Design and
Architecture International Trade Fair and Conference — also will colocate with Techtextil from May
24 to 26. Material Vision first aligned with Techtextil in 2009, and covers materials including
polymers, glass and ceramics, renewable raw materials, smart materials with variable properties,
and other materials used by product developers, industrial designers and architects.

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April/May/June 2011