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Textile Care Gets ‘Smart’ at Texcare International 2020

June 20-24 show will feature four major ‘smart’ themes

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — Texcare International will open its doors here June 20-24, and show organizer Messe Frankfurt says market leaders from all over the world, with products for all areas of textile care, have already signed up. 

“Registrations for Texcare International are excellent,” says Kerstin Horaczek, group show director technology at Messe Frankfurt. “Because we are again using Halls 8 and 9, Texcare International will be able to grow in terms of exhibition space and strengthen some of the more dynamic product groups, including, for instance, IT, which has gained greater weight recently, not least as a result of digitalization.” 

The driving force in textile care is the development of digital solutions into smart ones, according to organizers. This provides the umbrella for all four major themes at Texcare International: “Smart Factory,” “New Business Models,” “Sustainability” and “New Work–New Learning.”

The “Smart Factory” theme covers the intelligent interlinking of production and data flows, so as to enable a high degree of automation in modern textile care. 

Digitalization opens up new ways for textile cleaning services to get in touch with their customers, and “New Business Models” are now emerging that make it possible for consumers to make contact via online shops or apps, offering innovative collect and delivery services in collaboration with logistics companies.

Another important driver of innovation, says Messe Frankfurt, is “Sustainability.” For laundries, there are many new technologies and processes relating to energy efficiency, the sparing use of washing agents, wastewater treatment and water recovery. 

Of course, these technologies bring changes to the world of work and, against the background of a shortage of trained staff, offer attractive possibilities for further training, professional development and staff retention. These aspects are covered by the “New Work–New Learning” theme.

All of these issues will also be covered in the complementary program at Texcare International. The Texcare Forum, to be held from June 20-23, makes a crucial contribution to the international transfer of knowledge and to discussions between experts and business partners.

New for 2020, the last day of the trade fair, June 24, will be devoted to the younger generation in the sector under the heading Young Texcare. Trainees from all over Europe will be divided into mixed teams and will measure themselves against one another in various disciplines. 

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