A sort of a guide to Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany

A sort of a guide to Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany

Today’s Newsletter will serve as a sort of a guide to Techtextil / Texprocess in Frankfurt, Germany, taking place from May 9 – 12, 2017 at Messe Frankfurt. We provide you with a selection of exhibitors with important innovations and in alphabetical order. Today’s Newsletter will serve as a sort of a guide to Techtextil / Techprocess in Frankfurt, Germany, taking place from May 9 – 12, 2017 at Messe Frankfurt. We provide you with a selection of exhibitors with important innovations and in alphabetical order. Accidently – and we apologise for the omittance – we are technically not able to publish the pictures, please understand, but on the other hand you have pertinent information on the selected exhibitors

The Basics

Experience space at first hand: be it high-tech fashion, textile space architecture or a journey through space to Mars through virtual reality glasses! In the “Living in Space” section, Techtextil and Texprocess, working closely with the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aeronautics Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR) and numerous other partners, are offering an elaborately staged special exhibition. The section presents the range and variety of technical textiles and the processing that goes into them, using the example of space travel; the exhibition is both practically based and, at the same time, entertaining.

Texprocess, too, will be launching a new feature: for the first time, a ‘Digital Textile Micro Factory’ will demonstrate, live, the workings of an integrated textiles production line, from design, cutting and digital printing through to finishing.

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The exhibitions motto and attractions

Nutrition, mobility, fashion and living: technical textiles make settlements in space possible

Beam me up, Scotty: a large amount of material has to be transported for a journey into space – and technical textiles account for a large proportion of them. Examples of the parts and products in which they are to be found will be on show at the ‘Living in Space’ exhibition during this year’s Techtextil und Texprocess (9 to 12 May 2017), which has been organised by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Among the exhibits to be seen are materials and technologies from Techtextil and Texprocess exhibitors in a ‘Material Gallery’, architecture for space by Ben van Berkel, space-inspired fashions and an original Mars Rover. And – even without having completed a dizzying astronaut training programme – visitors can take a journey through space to Mars via virtual-reality glasses.

“At the ‘Living in Space’ exhibition, Techtextil and Texprocess visitors can see examples of textile materials and processing technologies in an application-oriented setting. In cooperation with our partners and exhibitors, we have created an informative and entertaining area, the like of which has never been seen before at Techtextil and Texprocess”, explains Michael Jänecke, Brand Manager, Technical Textiles and Textile Processing, Messe Frankfurt. Given that technical textiles are to be found in almost every sphere of human life, the materials and processing technologies shown are oriented towards the ‘Architecture’, ‘Civilization’, ‘Clothing’ and ‘Mobility’ areas of application.

Ideal homes in space

Visitors can get an idea of how building in space could function at the ‘Architecture’ area curated by Stylepark architecture magazine. Lightweight construction and canopy specialist MDT-tex joined forces with star architect Ben van Berkel of the international UNStudio firm of architects to create a ‘Space Habitat’ especially for Techtextil. Comprising 60 individual modules, each of which is double twisted and under tension, the lightweight pavilion has an area of 40 square metres and consists of specially designed aluminium profiles covered with PTFE sheets. MDT-tex designed the fabric especially for the pavilion in an extremely light grammage without sacrificing its high-temperature resistance and technical properties.

Ultra-lightweight materials play a leading role in space travel because the lighter the space capsule’s load, the cheaper the transport. Reclining in comfortable seats, visitors to the Space Habitat can also travel to Mars using virtual-realist glasses and, at the same time, find out more about technical textiles and their processing in space.

High-tech fashion in orbit

No one likes to be too hot or too cold. Space-wear should not only protect the wearer from extreme temperatures but also regulate their body temperature, drain off moisture and be durable and easy to clean. All the better, then, if it also looks good, as shown by the designs in the ‘Clothing’ segment of the exhibition. The ESMOD Fashion School from Berlin presents outfits made by students within the framework of the ‘Couture in Orbit’ project (2015/2016), which was organised by ESA and the London Science Museum. Additionally, the POLI.design centre of the Politecnico di Milano (Milan University) presents outfits from the follow-up project, ‘Fashion in Orbit’ under the scientific supervision of Annalisa Dominoni and the technical supervision of Benedetto Quaquaro in cooperation with ESA and garment manufacturer Colmar. 

The Hohenstein Textile Institutes present two models from the Spacetex research project, within the framework of which astronaut Alexander Gerst tested the interaction of body, apparel and climate under conditions of weightlessness during the ‘Blue Dot’ mission. In this connection, the model, ‘Nostalgia’ by Linda Pfanzler (Lower Rhine University) reminds the wearer of the earth with an integrated library of fragrances. The suits of the ‘Dynamic Space’ collection by Rachel Kowalski (Pforzheim University) contain electrodes that stimulate important muscle groups under conditions of weightlessness. The outfits by Leyla Yalcin and Sena Isikal (AMD Düsseldorf) come from the ‘Lift off’ collection created in cooperation with Bremen-based silver-yarn manufacturer Statex. They include a sleeping bag for astronauts made from silver-coated textiles, which can also be used as an overall and protects the wearer from electro-magnetic radiation. Thanks to the silver threads, another garment, a raincoat reflects light and stores the wearer’s body heat.

Material Gallery: fibres for space

In addition to the exhibits at the special exhibition, around 40 Techtextil and Texprocess exhibitors offer ideas for fibre-based materials and processing technology suitable for use in space in a ‘Material Gallery’. For the ‘Civilization’ segment, they include spacer fabrics for growing vegetables, for ‘Mobility’ a carbon yarn, which was used to make a fairing for the solid-fuel booster rocket of the Ariane 6. The Material Gallery also shows fibre-composite structures made of carbon fibres, such as a robot arm, a whole-body suit that transmits the wearer’s movements to a 3D model in real-time, functional apparel textiles with flame-retardant, anti-bacterial and temperature-regulating properties, and membrane systems for ventilating aircraft.

Exhibits from ESA, DLR and Speyer Museum of Technology, including an original Mars Rover and space suits, make the exhibition an extraordinary experience. The exhibits are supplemented by impulse lectures by ESA experts for technology transfer throughout the fair. And, because satellites are assembled in clean rooms, Cleanzone, International Trade Fair and Congress for Clean Room Technology will be held on the exhibition area (in Frankfurt am Main from 17 to 18 October 17-18, 2017).

Techtextil presents hightech textiles for medical applications

Ever since the invention of sticking plaster, plaster casts and operating- theatre apparel, if not before, the textile industry has made an important contribution to the healthcare business. From the dialogue that has gone on between the two sectors, we can, in future, expect high-tech ‘replacement parts’, rehabilitation technology suitably adapted to the needs of patients, and functional textiles with built-in, self-activating emergency alarms for the elderly

Expectations are high for new fibre-based products that can be used in medical treatments and therapeutic care, on the one hand, and for revenue potential, on the other. Trade and professional visitors involved in the medical and health-care business can look forward to a range of new fibre-based research findings, together with the solutions that derive from them, in the Medtech section at Techtextil. Areas of application include hospitals, rehabilitation and care institutions and / or the care of the elderly in their homes.

Potential for high-tech fibres in 2020

Fibres form the basic building blocks of life. In terms of the medical and healthcare business, they are becoming an increasingly important focus for German textile research in a number of collaborations with small to medium-sized manufacturers of medical technology. Current development projects are showing that models to be found in the world of plants and animals are not only being replicated in the laboratory, but, in joint work with other research disciplines, clinics and industry, they are laying the groundwork for new operative possibilities. What, then, can we expect of high-tech fibres in 2020?

“First and foremost, that the human body will tolerate them and that they will have adaptable properties in terms of rigidity and resorbability. Some of them will be new types of product, covering implants and therapeutic aids that can be individually adjusted to suit the individual patient,” says Dr. Klaus Jansen from ‘Forschungskuratorium Textil’, the umbrella brand for German textile research. Products now on the horizon are, for instance, hollow fibres as components of wound dressings that can administer doses of active medicines directly into the wound. But there are also stents, for use in the heart and lungs that can be populated with the body’s own cells, so as to resist rejection for longer.

Highly specialized medical textiles not only open up new possibilities, with regard to transplantation medicine. Things that have, for the most part, not yet progressed beyond the laboratory stage at textile research establishments in Dresden, Aachen and around Stuttgart, will, in just a few years, undoubtedly find their way into clinical practice. Examples here might be textile dressings with built-in sensors, new kinds of bronchial stent and portable artificial lungs with core elements made from textiles. Fiber-based innovations are of huge importance for an ageing generation – above all, in situations where clothing with smart- textile components can measure vital parameters and environmental influences and channel the data in the right direction. The ‘smart jacket’ from Zella is part of this trend as, indeed, are the gym mats with built-in sensors or the moisture-sensitive incontinence inserts for the bedlinen, from an Austrian start-up company, which aims to help improve the processes of care.


Permanent healing signals from the wound

To name but one product idea with potential based on some complex science: three research institutes – the Institute of Textile Machinery and High-Performance Materials Technology (ITM) and the Institute of Solid State Electronics (IFE) at the Technical University of Dresden, as well as the Textile Research Institute for Thuringia-Vogtland (TITV) in Greiz – have already developed miniaturized, textile-based sensors for the continuous monitoring of chronic wounds and demonstrated their efficacy. It is hoped that they will make it possible to record complex physiologically and chemically relevant factors.

As part of an initial research project, supported by sponsorship from the Federal German Ministry of Economic Affairs, embroidery techniques were used to create modular networks of sensors applied to textile and non-textile substrates. The modular networks were then connected up to create functional monitoring systems. Textile-based sensoric networks like this can be incorporated in dressings around wounds, so as to record real-time physiological parameters, providing objective data that might indicate any disruption to the healing process. Such continuous monitoring, say the researchers, also makes it possible to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the relevant parameters surrounding the wound. In a similar way, it should also be possible to record people’s vital parameters in leisure activities and sports, or to monitor the functioning of implants.

Bionic principles reflected in textiles

The history of medical textiles reaches far back to the time of the Pharaohs. Woven bandages for wounds were as common as the use of linen for sutures. The industrial production of surgical cotton in Germany began in 1871; in 1882, Beiersdorf acquired a patent for sticking plaster. In the 50s of the last century, science began to make use of the fact that the human blueprint was not short of fibres: muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, skin and organs – all tissue.

In the early seventies, the student of textile technology, Heinrich Planck, was completing his examination thesis at the Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV) in Denkendorf near Stuttgart. In it, he reflected on the possibility of creating prosthetic blood vessels in polyester on a flat-bed knitting machine that were close to what nature had created. With his revolutionary idea of replicating bionic principles and the discoveries of physiology by traditional textile technologies Planck launched the entire research field that we now know as medical textiles.

Meanwhile, textile skin replacement “made in Denkendorf”, based on regenerative medicine, has provided relief for thousands of burn victims worldwide and are now set to revolutionize the treatment of chronic wounds as well.

Useful services and information for visitors to Techtextil and Texprocess

Planning the journey to and from Frankfurt, buying tickets, finding the right exhibitors – intensive preparations are vital for business success at the fair. Mindful of this, Messe Frankfurt offers Techtextil and Texprocess visitors a variety of useful services to help them make the most efficient use of their time there.

Online tickets – save money and avoid waiting times

Online tickets are advantageous in many respects. For example, admission tickets purchased in the Online Ticket Shop are sold at the lower advance-booking price. Thus, a day ticket costs € 25 instead of EUR 35 and a season ticket EUR 44 instead of EUR 64. Online, voucher holders can exchange their vouchers for admission tickets and print them out without leaving their desks, which also saves having to queue at the box office on arrival. And all admission tickets entitle the holder to visit both fairs. Practical: tickets purchased or redeemed online include free travel to and from the fair using local public-transport services operated by the RMV public-transport authority in Frankfurt and the region.

Always up to date with the Techtextil and Texprocess apps

The free ‘Techtextil Navigator’ and ‘Texprocess Navigator’ apps are not only orientation aids at the fair but also a great help when it comes to preparing for the visit. They have an exhibitor search engine, hall plans with integrated wish list and a calendar of events. In addition to these functions, the apps conjoin news from the Techtextil and Texprocess social-media channels, new reports from the trade-fair blogs and recent press releases. The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. During Techtextil and Texprocess, visitors can also take advantage of the free WiFi, which is available throughout the Exhibition Centre.

Getting to the fair

Whether by local public transport, long-distance trains, car or plane, Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre is easy to reach thanks to its central location. Once there, a free shuttle-bus service takes visitors to the halls of their choice. During Techtextil and Texprocess, the Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage, Hall 3, Torhaus and Portalhaus entrances will be open. Please note that the City entrance (Festhalle) will be closed throughout the two fairs. Visitors who come by the U4 underground line should use the Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage entrance at the Congress Centre.

By train

Travel the inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to Techtextil and Texprocess – by train. In cooperation with German Rail (DB), Techtextil and Texprocess offer special conditions for your journey to Frankfurt. No matter whether you choose the complete package with railway ticket, fair admission ticket and catalogue or the reduced-price DB Event Ticket – your journey on the DB long-distance trains will be powered by 100 % green electricity.

By car

For visitors who travel by car, the ‘Rebstock’ multi-storey car park is the best option. From the car park, free shuttle buses run straight to Portalhaus entrance and back. Additionally, the car park has charging points for electric vehicles fitted with a Type 2 connector. Because the number of spaces is limited, visitors wanting to use one should register in advance by sending an email to emobil@messefrankfurt.com  

By plane

The Lufthansa Group offers special fares to Frankfurt for Techtextil and Texprocess visitors and exhibitors with reductions of up to ten percent on the standard air fare and other special conditions. In cooperation with the airport operator, Fraport AG, Messe Frankfurt also offers a ‘Gate to Door’ service: a chauffeur-driven limousine from the airport to the fair. Naturally, you can also use the ‘Door to Gate’ service for the way back to the airport.

Stress-free travel – baggage service during Techtextil and Texprocess

Messe Frankfurt offers a baggage service for exhibitors and visitors who can thus concentrate on the essential aspects of their time in Frankfurt, e.g., get on with business appointments or take a sight-seeing tour of the city after the fair closes for the day. Messe Frankfurt takes care of their baggage and arranges for it to be taken to their hotel or any other address. There is a fee for this service, which can be booked online or at Techtextil and Texprocess.

Other services for visitors

The official catalogue provides an overview of all companies exhibiting at Techtextil and Texprocess and thus helps visitors not only to prepare for their time at the fair but also to follow-up on their visit afterwards. The printed and PDF versions of the catalogue can be purchased online at http://m-es.se/k4GH  or, in the case of the printed version, purchased at the fair. Hall plans are also available to help visitors plan their time at Techtextil and Texprocess for maximum efficiency. They can be downloaded from the internet at http://m-es.se/s7QM





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Selected Exhibitors

Archroma to host daily Innovation Sessions at Techtextil 2017

Why? Because it’s our nature! Archroma’s Innovation Sessions will take place every day in Hall 3.0, Booth B33 at 11:00

Archroma, a global leader in colour and specialty chemicals, announces that its daily “Innovation Sessions” will be hosted at Techtextil 2017.

The “Innovation Sessions” will take place every day at Hall 3.0, Booth B33 at 11:00 to allow visitors to take an in-depth look at solutions to combine performance, cost optimization and responsible textile production:
Date & time: May 9 (Tuesday) at 11am
Topic: High-performance coloration with Archroma’s Printofix® TF pigment preparations
Speaker: Joaquin Femat, Head Global Business Development Printing, Archroma’s Brand & Performance Textile Specialties business

Date & time: May 10 (Wednesday) at 11am
Topic: Fire protection with Archroma’s non-halogenated Pekoflam® range
Speaker: Michael Schuhmann, Business Development Manager Finishing, Archroma’s Brand & Performance Textile Specialties business

Date & time: May 11 (Thursday) at 11am
Topic: Repellency & release, from PFOA-free* C6 chemistry Nuva® N to its Smartrepel® Hydro range that is not based on fluorine
Speaker: Jochen Schmidt, Global Product Manager Finishing Chemicals, Archroma’s Brand & Performance Textile Specialties business

Date & time: May 12 (Friday) at 11am
Topic: Coating solutions, combining Appretan®, Lurapret® and Texapret® polymers together with Archroma’s colour and finishing specialties
Speakers: Olivier Charrier, Technical Service EMEA, and Thomas Seeger, Business Development Manager Finishing, Archroma’s Brand & Performance Textile Specialties business.



Baldwin will bring “Sprayvolution” to Techtextil

The company’s Spray Applicator offers a paradigm shift in sustainable textile finishing

Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will be showcasing its state-of-the-art Spray Applicator at the Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, May 9-12, 2017 (Hall 3.0, Booth G82). This revolutionary product enables a sustainable textile and nonwoven finishing process, with less energy consumption, a reduction in water waste and chemicals, and a substantial savings of time and money. These benefits reflect the “Sprayvolution” concept of this product.

Launched in 2015, the Spray Applicator currently is installed at major textile finishing facilities worldwide, with proven positive and “Sprayvolutionary” results, such as:

– Reduced water and chemistry usage, up to 50 percent

– Reduced total changeover time, up to 85 percent

– Reduced chemistry waste, up to 99 percent

The Spray Applicator’s individual nozzle control and automatic volume adjustment ensure precise and uniform finishing in various process conditions and production capacities. Because the exact amount of chemistry is applied in relation to cloth width, g/m2 and textile characteristics, no unnecessary energy or chemistry is wasted. Plus, changeover times are significantly reduced, thanks to fully automatic flushing. Compared to traditional application methods, with changeovers of 15-30 minutes, Baldwin’s Spray Applicator executes the same chemistry change in less than 5 minutes.

Furthermore, the Spray Applicator can manage a wide range of low-viscosity chemistries, single- and dual-sided applications and various textile characteristics, as well as wet-on-wet applications, which are performed without any contamination from other chemistry sources. The Spray Applicator’s mist containment cover encapsulates and prevents aerosols from escaping, ensuring a healthy working environment.

“With the ‘Sprayvolution’ concept, we are well prepared to meet the textile industry’s increasingly high environmental demands,” said Per Stenflo, Vice President, Spray, at Baldwin. “The Spray Applicator is a revolutionary product, and a small investment that will pay off in a short period of time for our customers. We are very proud to showcase it at Techtextil.”


Baldwin Technology Company will be showcasing its state-of-the-art Spray Applicator  


Technical textiles finished on Brückner machines stand for a sustainable improvement of the production

Technical textiles finished on Brückner machines stand for a sustainable improvement of the production and a particularly efficient use of the resources

Connecting the future – this is the motto of this year- Brückner (Hall 3.0 Booth F29), the German systems supplier and technology market leader shows a wide range of application examples for Technical Textiles which can be finished on the tailor-made and resource-saving Brückner machines. A great number of special machines for very specific purposes show the competence of the creative Brückner team.

The Southwest of Germany is a centre for Technical Textiles which amount to about 50 % of the textile production. The family-owned company Brückner, managed in the second generation by the owner Regina Brückner together with her husband Axel Pieper, is just in the right place in Leonberg in Swabia and Tittmoning in Bavaria. The proximity to textile research institutes such as e.g. the ITV in Denkendorf allows many joint projects and developments which are used in the special machines made by Brückner.

Manifold product examples on the booth invite to discussions with the Brückner experts. Models of a SUPRA-FLOW BX double belt oven for nonwovens and of the innovative ETRO bow-shaped dryer which is particularly suitable for the coating with PVC or adhesives show only two of the machines offered by Brückner for the finishing of nonwovens and foils.

In addition Brückner offers very different application systems for the coating of technical textiles and one of them is the ECO-COAT minimum application unit. In the Technology Center in Leonberg the customers can develop their own innovations on different machines.

Also padders, drying, heat-setting and curing ovens with maximum production capacity and lowest possible energy consumptions and the highest precision in the temperature distribution and air circulation are part of Brückner’s product range. Various cutting and winding machines to give a shape to Technical Textiles of any kind round the product portfolio.

Here are only some examples for the final applications processed the Brückner finishing lines: Woven glass fabric for circuit boards, carbon textile for textile-reinforced concrete, linings for walls and roofs in the field of automotive and aerospace, airbags, high-tech filters for the medical industry, hygiene articles, geo nonwovens for bank reinforcement. Brückner has for any purpose a solution and a competent team who will attend with great pleasure to the special requirements of the customer.

Armed for the future, solid and oriented towards the future – the textile machinery company and market leader Brückner looks with great confidence into the future.



Coats consolidates booth presence at Techtextil

Coats (Hall 4.1, Booth B43), the world’s leading industrial thread and yarn manufacturer, is showcasing some of its pioneering products on a single, consolidated stand at Techtextil; the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens for use in textile technologies.  

For the first time at Techtextil, Coats is bringing together its Performance Materials and Apparel and Footwear products on one stand.  The stand is segmented into three core focus areas: ‘We are Experts’, ‘We are Innovators’, and ‘We are Pioneers’.  It also highlights the industry imperatives to which Coats responds: speed, innovation, responsibility and quality. 

In addition, Coats is one of the sponsors of the Fashion in Orbit Project.  Part of the ‘living in space’ exhibition it explores new visions of fashion using innovative materials and technologies.  The apparel on display includes Coats threads and Coats Signal reflective tapes which have been incorporated as decorative features.

Shantanu Banerjee, President, Performance Materials, Coats, said: ‘A key focus for Coats is harnessing talent and technology in textiles and Techtextil is one of the premier industry forums for us to showcase and demonstrate our latest innovative and pioneering product developments.’

Innovation podiums on the stand will demonstrate some of the end uses of products. Two of them will display an exhaust cap, surf board fin and also ‘paint’ applications featuring Synergex.  Coats Synergex is a range of revolutionary composite fibres with high levels of hybrid fibre integrity and performance that can be processed into fabric form and used to mould strong, but lightweight, parts for industries including automotive and aerospace. 

Another innovation podium will feature Coats Magellan being used in resistive heating: by passing a current through the yarn and conductive material it can heat a surface area.  Coats Magellan is a range of futuristic ‘smart’ yarns that can be used in cutting edge textile technology including RFID; by integration in a tag it can send signals to a phone.

Other products include Coats Aptan XTRU and Gral XTRU, engineered yarns designed to be braided into a protective cover over wiring harness systems used in heavy vehicles and machinery.  They can withstand contact with chemicals and fuels as well as extreme mechanical stresses.

One of the flagship products that will be showcased is Coats Epic.  The variety of applications, quality, reliability and colour range are just some of the reasons it is used in the production of more than one billion garments.  There will be a range of anti-wick sewing threads for apparel end use that are free of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).  The PFC-free anti-wick finish prevents the capillary action of water transportation through thread in seams.

For the first time the stand will feature products from Gotex, a Spanish based company which designs and manufactures high performance fibres, yarns and tapes used in the telecommunications, energy and oil and gas sectors, which was acquired by Coats nearly one year ago. 

The team of Coats representatives attending Techtextil reflects its international expertise and are from its sites across Europe including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the UK as we

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