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VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies: High expectations of Texcare International 2020

From 20 to 24 June 2020, the leading international trade fair Texcare International will once again be the worldwide meeting place for laundry and dry-cleaning technology in Frankfurt am Main. The top theme of sustainability will be reflected at the leading trade fair.

Top Topic Sustainability

The topic of sustainability continues to gain in importance and will play a role across all exhibitors. On the consumer side, awareness of sustainability is increasing and with it the demands on industry for more sustainable and resource-efficient production. The EU Commission is also prioritising the issue. The EU Commission's Green New Deal will also occupy and shape the textile care industry in the coming years. In this context, the topic of circular laundry is also rapidly gaining in importance.

Elgar Straub, Managing Director of the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies Association  (c) 2020 VDMA
Elgar Straub, Managing Director of the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies Association (c) 2020 VDMA

Potentials through digitisation

The advancing digitisation in particular offers enormous potential to further advance these issues. Automation and artificial intelligence, among other things, are groundbreaking in this respect. Companies are thinking ahead on the topic of laundry to improve connectivity and digitisation and to drive the digitisation of the entire value chain. Resource conservation, efficiency and hygiene are the most important goals.

Due to worldwide changes, such as rising hygiene and living standards, the industry has extremely positive expectations for the future. "The growing global hygiene standards offer many new opportunities for the entire textile care sector. Therefore, our industry as a whole is looking positively into the future", says Elgar Straub, Managing Director VDMA TFL. Companies have high expectations of this year's edition of Texcare International because it will set the course of the sector for the coming years.

Industry Economy

Last year's tense political and economic situation also affected the laundry and dry-cleaning industry. The trade conflict between the USA and China and the unresolved brexite situation were just two of the geopolitical crises that have unsettled the markets. As these are all important target markets for the industry, these conflicts unsettle customers and reduce investment. It is precisely for this reason that Texcare is expected to generate positive investment impetus.

After many very successful years, the entire German VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies industry can look back on a growing year 2019 and a slowdown in the economy has become clearly noticeable. Order intake for the entire TFL industry (including garment and leather technology) deteriorated by 7 percent in real terms in 2019, but is still above the average for the mechanical engineering industry in general. In the same period, sales declined by 6 percent in real terms compared to the previous year.

In the laundry and dry-cleaning technology sub-segment, German exports fell by 11.4 percent in the first eleven months of 2019.

VDMA TFL is the conceptual sponsor of Texcare International

Texcare International is the leading international trade fair for the laundry and dry-cleaning sector. From 20 to 24 June 2020, international exhibitors will present trade visitors at Texcare with the latest machinery, plant, processes and services for laundry and dry-cleaning technology.

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