Techtextil 2017: more registrations than expected
- Growth in terms of exhibition space likely
- Technical textiles the driving forces of growth in the textile sector
To date, 750 companies from 39 countries have booked exhibition space at Techtextil 2017. They include market leaders such as Forster Rohner, Freudenberg, Groz-Beckert, IBENA Textilwerke, Lenzing, Mehler Texnologies, Outlast Europe, PHP Fibers, Sandler, Sattler PRO-TEX, Schoeller Textil, SIOEN Fabrics and Trützschler. Around 15 percent of them will be exhibiting for the first time or are returning to Techtextil after a period of absence. As in the past, numerous countries will be represented by national pavilions. Belgium and Italy have increased the size of their pavilions and firm bookings have already been received from China, France, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Turkey and the USA. From conductive yarns, via smart textiles, to composites and lightweight constructions, Techtextil 2017 will present the complete spectrum of textile solutions for the automobile industry, construction and architecture, industry, medicine and clothing.
Texprocess, Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials (9 to 12 May 2017), will be held concurrently with Techtextil and offer insights into all aspects of textile processing, including textile finishing and digital printing.
Technical textiles the driving forces of growth in the textile sector
According to the German Textile and Fashion Association, the turnover of the German textile and fashion industry rose by around two percent in 2015 compared to the previous year. Particularly successful were textiles and technical textiles with a growth rate in excess of three percent.
The economic climate in the sector is also good on the European plane. According to the Euratex association, the production of nonwovens rose by three percent and that of technical and industrial textiles by six percent in the period from January to May 2016 compared to the same period the year before. Exports from European countries rose by a total of five percent between 2014 and 2015.
The economic climate in the leading non-European textile nations is also good. For example, the USA anticipates further growth in 2016. At present, technical textiles account for 37 percent of US textile production. China is forecasting export growth of four percent in the technical-textiles sector and aims to increase its production to 22 million tonnes by 2020. India expects production to grow from the current level of approx. US $ 18 billion to 26 billion by 2017.
According to Germany’s Commerzbank, the world market for conventional textiles will expand and be worth approx. US $160 billion by 2018. In the case of nonwovens, the world market is expected to grow in terms of sales to over US $ 42 billion in 2017.