Innovation and Digitalization in Focus at Techtextil and Texprocess 2024

A panel of industry experts discuss how digitalization is driving growth in the industry. Digitalization will be in focus at this year’s Techtextil Texprocess in Frankfurt Am Main in April. Photo courtesy of MesseFrankfurt
A panel of industry experts discuss how digitalization is driving growth in the industry. Digitalization will be in focus at this year’s Techtextil Texprocess in Frankfurt Am Main in April. Photo courtesy of MesseFrankfurt

The international textile industry and its many players will be able to look into the near future at Techtextil and Texprocess in Frankfurt, Germany, April 23-26, 2024. These two leading trade fairs are hotspots for innovations, textile solutions and networking. With over 1,600 exhibitors from around 50 countries, Techtextil and Texprocess reflect the extraordinary degree of innovation prevailing in the sectors.

Innovation, research, an exchange of ideas and information, inspiration and successful business transactions – these are the promises made to the international industry by Techtextil and Texprocess. The large number of current exhibitor registrations from around the world confirms the relevance of the two trade fairs for the textile sector.

Companies can look forward to meeting buyers and top decision makers from 95 (Techtextil 2022) and 86 (Texprocess 2022) countries. In addition to familiar and high-grade formats, such as the Techtextil Innovation Award and the Texprocess Innovation Award, as well as the Techtextil Forum and the Texprocess Forum, the coming editions will be distinguished by several new special areas, e.g., the Nature Performance area and the Future Materials special show at Techtextil, and the Denim Hub and an Emerging Markets area at Texprocess.

Visitors can discover a spectrum of unparalleled textile solutions and an extraordinary range of products in twelve areas of application, which are used in many different industries – from automotive, fashion, medicine, construction and more. The latest developments in fibers and yarns, nonwovens, composites, coated textiles, technologies, etc., will be presented by companies at Techtextil, in many cases, for the first time.

Texprocess is the international platform for exhibitors of the latest machinery, equipment, processes and services for manufacturing garments, as well as textile and flexible materials. The spectrum of products to be seen ranges from sewing technology and materials, embroidery technology, fastening, CAD/CAM and cutting to recycling technologies and much more.

Digitalization is an emerging hot topic, as it affects innovation and efficiency. During a panel discussion of industry experts recently by Techtextil/Texprocess, it was pointed out that digitalization has by no means carved out a place for itself in the work processes of many companies.

A study conducted by the German Economic Institute in 2022 revealed that only 31 percent of companies in Germany are able to use data efficiently. However, it is essential for companies to improve their digital infrastructure because legal regulations, such as the EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles and the associated digital product passport, require a corresponding level of digitalization.

Digitalization also helps to meet the sustainability requirements of customers and partners by improving supply chain transparency or resource calculation. Companies wanting to remain competitive can no longer avoid digital technologies.

“The sectors have an enormous potential for innovation, especially in the field of digitalization. We can only realize this through a joint international exchange of information. The global industry meets at Techtextil and Texprocess. Dialogue, knowledge transfer, unique innovations and multifaceted solutions strengthen companies on their journey into the future”, said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt.

Digitalization helps companies meet the challenges currently facing their industries and remain competitive. Companies can take advantage of digital developments to counter raw material and labor shortages, energy costs or increased sustainability requirements and produce more efficiently, faster, more flexibly, more transparently and more cost-effectively.

“Constantly changing consumer and legislative requirements, as well as labor shortages and more difficult trading conditions due to geopolitical changes, are constantly posing new challenges for garment manufacturers and processors of technical textiles. The manufacturers of machines, systems and processes for processing textile materials offer the necessary solutions. Through digitalization and automation for increased flexibility, sustainability, quality and increased product potential, we help our customers in their production and at the same time ensure a boost in innovation,” explained Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric & Leather Technologies, who participated in the panel discussion.

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