FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — Big and growing bigger describes Texcare 2016. Not only in the number of people sojourning to this event, but also in the actual physical size of the exhibit space. You might say it’s bursting its seams.
More visitors than the 2012 show (16,000) are expected to step through the entrance to view hundreds of exhibitors. Growth does come with interesting learning experiences.
This year’s Texcare International event is packed full of exciting new areas of interest such as tech innovations and sustainability, show managers say. Because of so many more exhibitors and attendees, the show will expand to take over another entire exhibit hall to accommodate everyone journeying to Frankfurt for the June 11-15 spectacle.
Topics brought together during this five-day festival of all things textiles cover everything from fiber to machine.
For the first time, the international industry will be showcasing its innovations and new developments across the whole range of modern textile care, reports Messe Frankfurt, the managing host of the big show.
Wolfgang Marzin, president and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, says, “We are very glad to see the strong demand for Texcare 2016. In this way, the trade fair will be offering its visitors an even wider and more international range. Through this growth, Texcare is underlining its importance as a leading international trade fair for the industry.”
Going digital is also a hot topic this year, as well as buzz about the expected upturn in business prospects, particularly in Europe.
The megatrend at Texcare International is the digitalization of processes, Messe Frankfurt indicates in a recent show update. This development is also reflected in a growing range of information-technology products at the trade fair.
Thanks to modern identification technologies such as RFID, clothes and textiles today can be allocated to the customer problem-free in the laundry, notes Messe Frankfurt. In this way, goods flow automatically, and even the intelligent wardrobe on the customer’s premises can trigger an order.
That all processes, machinery and data are linked and optimally visualized is a prerequisite for the smart fabric of the future, the show organizer further notes.
Digital control is also one of the main topics at Texcare, which include sustainability, innovative textiles and their treatment, and changes to job profile.
The textile care industry is constantly reinventing itself, with ongoing development in mechanical engineering, washing and enviro-tech, reports Messe Frankfurt.
A textile’s sustainability is determined above all by its usage. The industry is committed to improving the general ecological and ethical conditions under which they operate.
Efficiency of resources and sustainability will be central topics at Texcare. The latest developments in mechanical engineering and detergent chemistry will further encourage the proper use of resources.
“A successful concept of sustainability includes the optimum interplay of sustainability principles and collaboration by players who are pursuing the same goal,” explains Robert Long, secretary general of the Textile Services Association (ETSA), based in Brussels.
“Products and processes should have a minimum impact on the environment and still be efficient,” notes Long. “At the same time, they must enjoy a high level of functionality, which guarantees a business’ success. This, in turn, ensures jobs under good social conditions.”
The textile care sector and its supplier industry are pursuing a philosophy of sustainability and protection of resources, notes Messe Frankfurt.
A major step in implementing comprehensive sustainability is an effective network, the company reports. It bundles the industry’s requirements, encourages the exchange of ideas between all partners involved, and multiplies pioneering results, to the benefit of all.
The top themes at Texcare Forum 2016, which will be held each afternoon except on the show’s final day, include Industry 4.0, sustainability and resource efficiency, the future of textiles and functions, as well as careers and training. The program for the conference is prepared by the most important national and international textile care associations in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt, show managers say.
Texcare Forum sessions will be, as follows: Training and career – building up the next generation of professionals, Saturday, June 11; The future of textiles and functions – opportunities for the textile care industry, Sunday, June 12; Sustainability and resource efficiency – key issues for stakeholders, Monday, June 13; and Industry 4.0 – leading textile care into an innovative future, Tuesday, June 14.
The growth of Texcare is reflected in the strong and growing textile care market in Europe.
“For a number of years, we have been observing the trend that more and more companies are expanding their product range and developing it further,” says Günter Veit, chairman of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology. “Major drivers of growth here are the continued digitalization in textile care and rising requirements expected, for example, of hygiene.”
Texcare 2016 will grow into a new additional exhibit hall for the first time—occupying the traditional Hall 8 and taking over Hall 9 as well.
“By adding Hall 9, Texcare International will be able to respond even better to this growing product range,” Veit adds. “As CEO of a company, I can only recommend that visitors ensure they have enough time for the bigger range of products and services on show. A day is definitely not enough.”
At Texcare International, the industry shows everything: modern, professional textile care plants and machinery; cleaning processes and materials; rental textiles; job and protective clothing; and information technologies and services, reports Messe Frankfurt.
Among companies exhibiting in Hall 8.0 will be Ecolab, Girbau, Jensen, Lavatec, Multimatic Ilsa and Pellerin Milnor, and in Hall 9.0 you will find, for instance, Alliance Laundry Systems, Kannegiesser, Kreussler, Miele and Veit. (To see the complete exhibitors list, click here.)
To learn more about Texcare International, visit the show’s website at www.texcare.com.