Texcare International 2016 will start with new record number of exhibitors
Texcare International 2016 will open its doors on a new record number of exhibitors. 319 companies from 28 countries – over 20 percent more than at the previous event in 2012 – have registered to present their latest products and innovations at the world’s leading trade fair for textile care in Frankfurt am Main from 11 to 15 June 11-15, 2016 (2012: 262 exhibitors from 26 countries)
For the first time, Hall 9 is being used in addition to Hall 8, which means the fair occupies 30 percent more exhibition space than four years ago. Wolfgang Marzin, Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt, explains: “I am delighted about the increase in the size of Texcare, an outstanding result that underscores its significance as the world’s leading trade fair for modern textile care. All market leaders are here in Frankfurt to launch their innovations onto the world market.” From laundry, dry-cleaning and ironing technology, via detergents and disinfectants, as well as bed and table linen, to workwear, logistics and IT, Texcare shows the complete spectrum for modern professional textile care.
The buoyant economic situation in the machine and plant manufacturing sector, as well as the textile-service and dry-cleaning businesses, represents the basis for the great success of Texcare International 2016. On behalf of the exhibitors, Elgar Straub, Director General of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology, says: “Growth in the field of laundry and dry-cleaning technology continues unabated. Accordingly, the companies are extremely confident and looking forward to valuable business impulses from their most important fair. A decisive driving force is the increasing level of digitalisation combined with the paradigm shift in the direction of Industry 4.0, which will be completed in the coming years.” Altogether, revenues from the sale of machinery and plant for textile care rose by 5.5 % in 2015.
Visitors to Texcare come from the dry-cleaning trade, industrial laundries and the textile-service sector. About the economic situation of his member companies, Andreas Schumacher, Managing Director of the German Dry Cleaning Association (Deutscher Textilreinigungsverband – DTV), says, “The rate of growth is stable in both the dry cleaning and laundry segments while the fastest rate of growth is to be seen in the textile-service field. The companies have profited from the good economic situation of both private and commercial customers, such as hotels and the health-care sector. For our members, Texcare is the platform not only for discovering innovative technological and process solutions but also for technology for networking with their customers.
Driving forces of growth: digitalisation, textile hire and workwear
On the exhibitor side, Texcare has experienced particularly high rates of growth in the textile hire, logistics and IT segments. And this growth mirrors the latest trends in the sector. For example, a study commissioned by the European Textile Service association (ETSA) sees the textile-hire segment in Germany as having a potential four times the present level. Experts also consider there to be good opportunities for growth in the workwear and protective-clothing segments. At present, only 6.1 million of the 43 million gainfully employed people in Germany have their workwear supplied by textile-service companies (Source: ETSA 2014).
As a result of the swelling process of digitalisation in logistics, production and merchandise management, IT solutions are becoming more and more important. In addition to contactless laundry identification, the intelligent wardrobe, which shows what is needed, and the app that sends an order to a remote location, experts also expect further process optimisation with, for example, robots being used to sort out laundry.
In the case of dry cleaners, the need to clean modern functional and protective clothing opens up new fields of business. Complex textile systems with a membrane as a moisture barrier, as in rain-proof jackets, require a process with optimised washing mechanism, chemicals and temperature.
Besides Industry 4.0 and the processing of textiles with innovative functions, the top themes at Texcare include sustainability and the creation of a positive occupational profile. Sustainability in the textile-care sector is extremely complex and covers the spectrum from the fibre to recycling. The sector also offers a variety of career opportunities, a summary of which can be found at http://www.textilreiniger-werden.de. The top themes at Texcare will also be discussed at a conference to be held during the afternoons of the fair from 11 to 14 June. Other events at Texcare include a workwear and protective clothing fashion show and an ironing competition.
Texcare more international than ever before
The number of international exhibitors has risen again so that more than two thirds of companies (68 %) come from outside Germany (2012: 63 %). Particular growth in international exhibitor numbers comes from Italy, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Turkey, India and China. Nations represented for the first time are Iran, Lithuania, Pakistan, Thailand and the Ukraine. The number of German exhibitors has also risen from 95 (2012) to 103 (2016).