Key Drivers Coming from User Industries Looking for Innovation, NextGen Apps

Less than a month from now, the world of technical textiles and nonwovens as well as the processing of textile and flexible materials will finally meet again at Techtextil and Texprocess. Michael Jänecke, Director - Brand Management - Technical Textiles and Textile Processing, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition, wraps up the last two years and tells texfash.com which way the industry is headed.

Long Story, Cut Short
  • Techtextil, Texprocess and Heimtextil Summer Special open their doors in Frankfurt am Main from 21 to 24 June. After the COVID-19 break, exhibitors and visitors are looking forward to personal interaction.
  • Techtextil's product groups represent the entire value chain in the technical textiles, nonwovens and apparel textiles sector.
  • The trade fairs taking place in parallel cover textile value chains from textile fibres and processing to the end product.
A shot from Techtextil 2019. This time, with Techtextil, Texprocess and the Heimtextil Summer Special, Messe Frankfurt brings textile value chains together at its exhibition centre. In parallel, the D2C Neonyt Lab of Messe Frankfurt and numerous public events of Frankfurt Fashion Week, organised by the City of Frankfurt, are planned to take place in the city itself.
Unique Synergies A shot from Techtextil 2019. This time, with Techtextil, Texprocess and the Heimtextil Summer Special, Messe Frankfurt brings textile value chains together at its exhibition centre. In parallel, the D2C Neonyt Lab of Messe Frankfurt and numerous public events of Frankfurt Fashion Week, organised by the City of Frankfurt, are planned to take place in the city itself. Jean-Luc Valentin / Messe Frankfurt Exhibition

The COVID-19 pandemic for the last two years had been a dampener for the general textiles/apparel industry. But how has the pandemic affected technical textiles and nonwovens in terms of revenues and growth? Could you share some figures also?
The coronavirus pandemic has for sure also affected the global textiles industry. Social and economic constraints, such as COVID-19 restrictions, supply shortages or rising raw material and energy prices have hit the industry and are still there. But it seems that the technical textiles and nonwovens industry has gone better through the crisis as, for example, the textiles and garment industry. In Germany, for example, the segment of technical textiles shows a plus of 17.3% in turnover compared to 2020 and nonwovens (without apparel) a plus of 5%. And the demand is further growing as technical textiles have a high potential and stand for innovation.

What, according to you, will be the key drivers for technical textiles and nonwovens in the coming days? And in the context, how are you positioning Techtextil Frankfurt?
The industry is characterised by a high level of innovation, flexibility and R&D together with their customers: from cutting-edge materials or coatings to progressive production and processing methods. Techtextil and Texprocess together present the entire value chain starting with yarn & fibres, any kind of textile materials, functional apparel textiles, coated textiles as well as composites and the related production and processing technologies. This unique combination provides ideas and solutions to any industry which is already using or might use technical textile products.

The key drivers of the growing potential of technical textiles are coming from the user industries looking for innovation and the next generation of applications and products: lightweight, recyclability, replacing other materials like textile concrete, protection, health, among others.

Very important question: how are supply chain bottlenecks, logistics issues and trade wars (apart from the one ongoing real war) affecting the industry? Could you please explain, in what ways? This is from the point of view of both raw material supplies as well as buyers.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, supply bottlenecks have preoccupied the global industry. Long waiting times and high delivery costs are affecting production worldwide. Manufacturers are increasingly looking for new suppliers to reduce dependencies. These challenges will remain in the coming months and years. So, one important question is about bringing a certain part of the raw material production back to Europe.

From June 21 to 24, 2022, exhibitors will present their innovations in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens as well as the processing of textile and flexible materials at the leading international trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess. More than 1,100 exhibitors from 45 countries, numerous joint stand participants and 13 international pavilions are looking forward to presenting their products to an international trade audience.
First Hand From June 21 to 24, 2022, exhibitors will present their innovations in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens as well as the processing of textile and flexible materials at the leading international trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess. More than 1,100 exhibitors from 45 countries, numerous joint stand participants and 13 international pavilions are looking forward to presenting their products to an international trade audience. Jean-Luc Valentin / Messe Frankfurt Exhibition

Are we also going to see re-shoring in technical textiles and nonwovens?
That is the point. Re-shoring requires a big investment and the question is who is willing to take the risk, who is willing to finance such an investment, and are the customers willing to pay the higher prices.

But overall, what can we expect to see at Techtextil Frankfurt? Are you going to see a range of product launches? How much innovation could we expect to see?
Techtextil and Texprocess finally bring the world of technical textiles, nonwovens, functional apparel textiles and the related production and  processing technologies together again after a break of three years.

New developments and innovations, some of those selected for the Techtextil and Texprocess Innovation Award, will be presented. Visitors can therefore expect a wide range of innovations in all areas. The topic of sustainability has developed particularly strongly recently. Exhibitors will show sustainable fibres and yarns, resource-saving processing technologies with minimal waste or water consumption, and modern recycling processes.

All exhibitors were invited to apply for [email protected] and [email protected] meeting certain criteria. A panel of international experts checks all these entries. Those companies who are accepted will be specially marked. Sustainability will also be a topic in the complimentary Techtextil Forum and Texprocess Forum.

So there is a lot to see, explore, discuss and learn at the shows.

A trade event is about both exhibitors (i.e sellers) and visitors (i.e. buyers). So, what kind of deals/agreements do you expect to be signed? Could you share any relevant figures from the earlier event?
Techtextil and Texprocess are B2B-platforms where business relationships are started, responses intensified, where R&D is initiated and where purchasing decisions are prepared. So you can say where supply and demand, sellers and buyers meet. About 90% of exhibitors were very satisfied or satisfied with Techtextil 2019. For 42% of Techtextil 2019 visitors, the focus was on establishing new business relationships.

The Innovation Award ceremony last time. This year, Sustainability@Techtextil and Sustainability@Texprocess will once again focus on the topic of sustainability. Innovative and sustainable materials and their ecological processing with minimal waste and water consumption as well as digital solutions will be presented and awarded at the trade shows.
Good Work The Innovation Award ceremony last time. This year, [email protected] and [email protected] will once again focus on the topic of sustainability. Innovative and sustainable materials and their ecological processing with minimal waste and water consumption as well as digital solutions will be presented and awarded at the trade shows. Thomas Fedra / Messe Frankfurt Exhibition

Mobiltech, according to many market reports, is expected to be the fastest growth segment within this industry. Do you think there is a ring of truth to it? Or, will it be agrotech, given the general interest in climate/agriculture/land? Could you elaborate? In which particular sectors/applications are we likely to see the most dominance?
There is definitively a high demand for textiles for the mobility industry. But there are other growing sectors like building & construction (Agrotech, Buildtech, Geotech), medical & healthcare (Medtech), sports & leisure (Clothtech, Sporttech) and protection (Protech). And these trends are global.

A recent market report states: "The non-woven segment will continue to lead the technical textile market growth during the forecast period. Non-woven process is preferred over composite and other processes as it is cheaper than other processes and improves the properties of individual properties of natural fibre or synthetic fibre, which ultimately enhances the performance of textile material." Do you agree?
The nonwoven segment is a (fast) growing segment. An important driver is the pandemic with regard to hygiene and medical products. Generally speaking, the buying decision is normally based on aspects like which material best meets the specification or requirement, provides the better properties, handling, sustainable aspects and recycability. At the end the price becomes important if there are alternatives on the material side.

The pandemic also triggered both an interest as well as need for medical textiles. What developments on this front can we expect to see at Techtextil? Personally, where do you see this segment heading in the near future? What kind of developments and innovations are we likely to see?
The demand for medical textiles remains high. During the pandemic, the demand for textile masks and protective clothing increased rapidly. Even though demand has fallen again in recent months, a need remains. Textiles are also in demand and evolving in other areas of medicine. These range from surgical clothing to textile implants.

Specifically, what do you expect to see in the Germany/EU market? Could you share any details about the spread of the industry (in terms of companies, etc) as well as in terms of overall revenues?
After a downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the German textiles industry is growing steadily again. This is also due to rising demand abroad. Growth is particularly evident in the field of technical textiles. We are pleased to be able to support this trend with Techtextil and Texprocess from 21 to 24 June in Frankfurt, and offer a platform for a wide range of innovations.

The key drivers of the growing potential of technical textiles are coming from the user industries looking for innovation and the next generation of applications and products: lightweight, recycability, replacing other materials like textile concrete, protection, health, among others.

Michael Jänecke
Michael Jänecke / Director - Brand Management - Technical Textiles and Textile Processing / Messe Frankfurt Exhibition
 
 
  • Dated posted: May 26, 2022
  • Last modified: May 26, 2022