Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies positive for Texprocess 2017
German and European manufacturers of Sewing and Garment technology and machines for processing Technical Textiles have positive expectations for the leading trade fair Texprocess opening its doors in Frankfurt for the fourth time already, from May 9 to 12, 2017
“2016 was another successful year for the sector. Sales of German manufacturers of Sewing and Garment technology increased by 15.9 per cent in real terms from January to October, compared to last year.
Likewise, incoming orders increased by 2.8 %“, said Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies on the occasion of the international Texprocess press conference in Frankfurt.
VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies will present itself at this year’s Texprocess for the first time with their new name reflecting the sector’s strong international orientation. In addition, all sectors represented in the association find themselves represented in this name: manufacturers of Sewing and Garment technology, Shoe and Leather technology, Laundry and Textile cleaning technology as well as machines for processing Technical Textiles.
Major trends: Individualization and Industrie 4.0 at Texprocess
With an increasing demand for individual products in the Garment and Shoe or Technical Textiles sector, the requirement for automation and digitization of the entire value chain is increasing also in production.
Flexible garment production for customer-specific garments of highest quality is essential. Therefore, flexibility is an obligation particularly for manufacturers of Sewing and Garment technology. The first micro- factories have already been established. „A common data base and data security are indispensable for creating a digital network of design, processing and logistics for Garment and Technical Textiles”, continued Straub. “With Cloud solutions, the data have to remain available for the entire value chain.” Traditional production lines will continue to exist in parallel.
Sector trends: digital printing, functional textiles/smart textiles, sustainability
An important growth market in the Garment and Technical Textiles sector is digital printing, i.e. direct printing on garments, shoes and technical textiles. A further possibility for future production could be a combination of the production steps digital printing and cutting.
The enhancement of functional textiles and smart textiles, e.g. integration of electronic and sensorial functions in textiles (garment, technical textiles, home textiles, medical textiles) is another trend in the sector.
With these technologies implemented, future garment and technical textiles can warm and heat, illuminate, protect, produce energy, communicate and identify. Due to worldwide rising standards for resource protection, efficiency increase and corporate social responsibility, sustainability remains an important issue for Garment production and for processing Technical Textiles. In addition, consumers increasingly ask for recyclable designs and products made of recycled materials. These applications also involve solutions of German and European manufacturers of Sewing and Garment technology requiring permanent adaptation of production technologies.
VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies is sponsoring Texprocess
Texprocess is the leading international trade fair for processing textile and flexible materials. For the fourth time, from May 9 to 12, 2017, international exhibitors will present to the trade visitors at Texprocess their latest machines, equipment, procedures and services for confecting textile and flexible materials. Texprocess will take place simultaneously with Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for Technical Textiles and non-woven fabrics.
The German Engineering Association Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA) represents over 3100 companies of the engineering industry, many of which are small and medium sized enterprises. With currently over one million employees in Germany and a turnover of approx. EUR 220 billion (estimate 2016), the sector is the largest industrial employer and one of the leading German industry sectors in total.