In today’s guest post, the organisers behind the renowned Texprocess event give us a sneak peak into what we can expect this year, including the Digital Textile Micro Factory – an entire product demonstration process, from design through digital printing, to fabrication – and the ‘Living in Space’ experience.
Some two months before the start of Texprocess (running 9th to 12th May 2017), the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials reports the highest number of registrations in its history and thus continues its pattern of growth. Even now, more floor space has been booked than the previous edition had in total. “It is well worth our while continually developing Texprocess further, with regard to the technologies and processes on display, the hall layout and the complementary programme.” says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt.
Texprocess reports growing sign up numbers, particularly in the CAD/CAM and Cutting, Making, Trimming (CMT) product groups. Technologies and material for Sewing, Joining and Fastening are growing steadily, too. The range of products at Texprocess once again covers all stages in the value-creation chain for textile goods, from design, IT, cutting out, sewing, seaming, embroidery and knitting to finishing, textile printing and logistics.
Premiére: Digital Textile Micro Factory
One of the highlights at the upcoming event will be the ‘Digital Textile Micro Factory’ presenting a live demonstration of an integrated production chain for apparel. In collaboration with the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf and a number of well-known companies in the textile sector, Texprocess will, in the micro factory, demonstrate the entire networked production of items of clothing – from the design stage to digital printing, automatic cutting out and fabrication. Visitors at Texprocess will follow a signposted path through the various individual stages of manufacture in the micro factory and will be able to get information from experts at each stage.
“The demand for individualised products necessitates making the entire production process more flexible. Serial production with, at the same time, smaller and smaller batches, right down to batches of just one, is only possible with industrially manufactured individual products. These fully automated and networked processes can now be implemented through the use of digitalisation,” adds Elgar Straub, General Manager of the VDMA’s Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies Division.
Industry partners of the Digital Textile Micro Factory at Texprocess are Assyst, Human Solutions, Coldenhove, Duerkopp Adler, Ergosoft, Eschler Textil, Mimaki, Monti Antonio, Schoeller Textil, Seripress, and Zuend.
Focus on Digital Printing
Digital Printing will be one of the thematic focuses of the Texprocess complimentary programme. The sector’s information service, the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) will, for the first time, be organising the European Digital Textile Conference at Texprocess. The conference will centre round technologies for digital printing on textiles and will be held on Wednesday 10th May.
And digital printing on textiles will also be taken up as a topic in a dedicated series of lectures forming part of the Texprocess Forum. The forum offers expert lectures on current issues in the sector, on all days of the trade fair. For the first time, the programme will have been designed jointly by three partners: the Dialog Textil-Bekleidung (DTB), die International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the World Textile Information Network (WTiN).
Catwalk for innovative processing technologies
Following on from the success of its first edition, the Innovative Apparel Show is to be continued and set on an international footing. For the first time there will be a German university, and three European universities / colleges from outside Germany, showcasing, on the catwalk, their fashion designs from functional textiles and the processing stages that go into making them. The show will take place on each day of the trade fair.
With the Texprocess Innovation Award, Messe Frankfurt seeks, for the fourth time, to honour the best new technological developments in the field. The awards in the various categories will be presented during the joint opening ceremony for Texprocess and Techtextil, on 9th May 2017. Moreover, visitors will once again find many new IT solutions for the apparel industry in the IT@Texprocess section, where exhibitors will be presenting product lifecycle management systems (PLM), ‘Cloud’ applications and 3D CAD systems, which make it possible to create tailor-made clothes in real time and without the need for a fitting.
The technologies of textile processing for space travel
Both exhibitors and visitors at Texprocess will, this year, have the benefit of a rather special experience at the show; under the heading ‘Living in Space’, Techtextil will be showcasing the wide variety of applications for technical textiles in space travel, together with the processing involved. This is a cooperative venture between Techtextil, The European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). A special, interactive area is to be built to display the high-tech textiles and textile processing technologies that have emerged from and for space travel. The highlight of this area is a virtual-reality experience in which visitors to Techtextil and Texprocess get to go on a virtual journey through the universe, where they will learn about the application of technical textiles in space travel and the processing required to make them.
Texprocess will again be taking place in parallel to Techtextil, leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens (also from 9th to 12th May 2017). In all, 1,662 exhibitors from 54 different countries attended Texprocess and Techtextil in 2015, together with a total of 42,000 trade visitors. Over 13,300 of them came to see Texprocess. Added to that, there were around 7,600 additional visitors, who came across from the concurrently held Techtextil.
*All photographs are courtesy of the Messe Frankfurt Exhibition