Selected Important News of the past weeks (Part 4)


Intex South Asia – The Most Successful International Textile Sourcing Show of South Asia – Now in Virtual Format for Bangladesh’s textiles & apparel industry

Honourable Minister for Textiles & Jute, Mr. Golam Dastagir Gazi and Mr. Mohammad Hatem, 1st Vice-President of BKMEA to inaugurate 2021 Intex South Asia Bangladesh

•            Intex South Asia – Bangladesh edition to be launched in a virtual business-matching format on from 22-25 March, 2021

•            FICCI Indian Textiles Pavilion with 51 companies launching new products

•            Intex South Asia Bangladesh Virtual Edition will feature 70+ leading suppliers from India, China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Kingdom and more

India & Bangladesh are estimated to be the fastest growing economies in 2021 at 8% and 6.8% in 2021 respectively according to the Asian Development Bank. Worldex India’s Intex South Asia Bangladesh looks to support and encourage this momentum by organising the Intex South Asia Bangladesh – Virtual Business Matching Week on its Bee2Bee platform.

Taking place from March 22-25, 2021, this international matchmaking platform will see 70+ leading manufacturers and suppliers from India, China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, United Kingdom and more. The textile buyers from Bangladesh will be able to connect to quality suppliers of fibers, yarns, fabrics, trims & clothing accessories, heat transfer prints machinery and fabric dyeing and finishing testing equipment.

The Bee2Bee Business Matching Platform, developed by Worldex India, is a unique tool that offers suppliers and buyers to interact virtually via personal video meetings, product showcase, request-for-quote, share business card and accesses all the benefits of a physical trade fair from the comfort of their own locations.

India is the Partner Country of Intex South Asia Bangladesh. FICCI jointly with Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India is organising the Indian Textiles Pavilion with 51 participating companies showcasing a wide variety of textiles for the textiles and apparel export and domestic markets.

Intex South Asia Bangladesh is endorsed and supported by Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA), Chittagong Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, Bangladesh Chemical Importers & Merchants Association, India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Our international supporting partners are FICCI, Malaysia Knitting Manufacturers Association (MKMA), Thailand Textile Institute (THTI), Korea Textile Center (KTC) and China’s Zhejiang Province – Department of Commerce.

Mr. Rajesh Bhagat, Managing Director, Worldex India and Organiser of Intex South Asia stated that, “We are happy to organise this virtual business matching week on our Bee2Bee platform for Bangladesh market. In these challenging times, virtual platforms will assist businesses to connect Face2Face with potential buyers, strengthen engagements with existing customers, launch new products and explore business opportunities in target markets. Similarly, buyers get to source quality products, meet new suppliers, send enquiry and schedule meetings with interested suppliers at their convenience. We hope Bangladesh companies will be benefit from our virtual business matching platform.”

Mr. Manish Singhal, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI said, “We are pleased to be associated with Worldex India to organise the biggest pavilion with 51 Indian companies at the Intex South Asia Bangladesh – Virtual Business Matching Week. We are hopeful that Intex South Asia will offer good opportunities for Indian exhibiting companies to promote their innovative products and explore business cooperation in Bangladesh during these challenging times. I am glad to learn that BKMEA and other leading industry bodies and Chambers in Bangladesh have endorsed the show. With pre-fixed business matching meetings, it would be good opportunity for Bangladesh buyers of textiles industry to source quality made in India products through this platform.”

This international sourcing event will enable industry buyers to source raw materials and textiles to grow the export and domestic market thus creating new opportunities to supply to global markets, increase market share and strengthen the brand image of Bangladesh as a sourcing destination for high-fashion and value-added garments.

The virtual opening ceremony of Intex South Asia Bangladesh will be held on March 22, 2021 and will be streamed LIVE on Facebook and We are pleased to invite all industry players to Register for FREE and take this opportunity to connect and interact with global textile suppliers at Intex South Asia Bangladesh-Virtual Business Matching Week from March 22-25, 2021 from 10am to 6pm BDT.

Complimentary Registration for Virtual Platform & Business Matching

Bee2Bee Platform

Ultrason® P for bottles: tailor-made for all relevant processing methods

  • With the BASF polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) portfolio, bottles can be manufactured by injection stretch blow molding, extrusion blow molding and injection molding
  • For safe and robust bottles in numerous designs, shapes and colors
  • Bottles showcased on BASF booth at CHINAPLAS 2021

BASF has now expanded its Ultrason® P portfolio so that it can be used to manufacture high-quality bottles by all three processing methods that are standard in the industry. The two polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) grades Ultrason® P 2010 and P 3010 can be used in injection stretch blow molding, extrusion blow molding and injection molding to manufacture bottles for adults and babies that are safe to use, robust and chemically resistant as well as available in numerous designs, shapes and colors. All three processing methods benefit from the customized properties of the high-temperature thermoplastic: It contains no harmful substances, is approved for food contact and has outstanding strength, chemical resistance and long-term high-temperature stability up to 180°C. Bottles made from the transparent, slightly honey-colored BASF polyphenylsulphone can easily withstand sterilization in a microwave or in very hot water – regardless of the method used to manufacture them.

“The production of high-quality, safe and stylish bottles for adults and babies presents a challenge that cannot be compared to that of conventional PET, PP or co-polyester bottles,” says Georg Grässel from BASF’s global business development Ultrason®. “The globally widespread processing methods all have their own specific requirements of the material used – and this is where Ultrason® P has proven its value to customers in many different countries. They can choose the most suitable material from our portfolio and can also benefit from our on-site technical application support and the global availability of the different grades.”

During extrusion blow molding, the plastic melt is extruded from top to bottom through a circular die to form a tube-shaped parison. Internal pressure is then used to inflate the parison within a mold thus giving the part its shape. The medium-viscosity Ultrason® P 3010 is particularly suitable for this process due to its inherent high melt strength in contrast to other PPSU materials on the market. This allows the hot, elongated parison to remain stable even near the die, ensuring uniform blow molding. For complex geometries with different wall thicknesses and designs, a programmed parison control can be used. This prevents elongation of the parison caused by the parison’s weight and results in uniform wall thicknesses over the complete length of the bottle.

When injection molding is used, the bottle body can be injection molded with or without a cap thread and base, which provides great flexibility when it comes to the bottle design or the method used to vent baby bottles. Today, the manufacturing with single and multi-cavity molds in combination with an upstream hot runner system is state of the art. The high-flow, low-viscosity Ultrason® P 2010 is particularly well suited for this, as it makes thin walls possible even when there are long flow paths – without compromising the impact or chemical resistance.

The most widespread manufacturing process of all, especially for baby bottles in Asia, is injection stretch blow molding. First a parison looking like a test tube with cap thread is produced in an injection mold, then re-heated and finally stretched and inflated in a blow mold that models the bottle design as a negative. The advantages of Ultrason® P 3010 can be primarily found in the rapid cycle times and exact molding of the bottle cap thread.

Both Ultrason® P grades are suitable for injection moulding and injection stretch blow moulding because they are particularly easy to process using suitably configured hot runner systems without scrap losses. This makes it possible to produce bottles with Ultrason®P that can be used for a long time and in many different application areas without compromising the quality of the mechanical and optical properties.

Ultrason® is the trade name for BASF’s product range of polyethersulfone (Ultrason® E), polysulfone (Ultrason® S) and polyphenylsulfone (Ultrason® P). The high-performance material is used to manufacture lightweight components in the electronics, automotive and aerospace industries as well as in water filtration membranes and in parts that come into contact with hot water and food. Because of their extraordinary property profile the Ultrason® brands can substitute thermosets, metals and ceramics in many applications.

BASF’s Performance Materials division encompasses the entire materials’ know-how of BASF regarding innovative, customized plastics under one roof. Globally active in four major industry sectors – transportation, construction, industrial applications and consumer goods – the division has a strong portfolio of products and services combined with deep understanding of application-oriented system solutions. Key drivers of profitability and growth are our close collaboration with customers and a clear focus on solutions. Strong capabilities in R&D provide the basis to develop innovative products and applications. In 2020, the Performance Materials division achieved global sales of EUR 5.63 billion.

About BASF At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of EUER 59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S.

The Future of Fashion Making: Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv’s International Showcase For Sustainable Fashion

Over 30 leading fashion designers present their collections from March 28th – April 1st, 2021 

Motty Reif, Founder of Fashion Week Tel Aviv along with Kornit Digital (Nasdaq: KRNT), worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, is pleased to announce Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2021, viewable online via Fashion Week Tel Aviv ( from March 28 – April 1, 2021. 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year’s event focuses on the collaboration between technology and fashion in order to drive sustainability practices across the entire fashion industry. When bold creativity and designer talent converges with Kornit Digital’s disruptive and innovative fashion printing technology, designers globally are enabled to create sustainable collections without any production barriers. Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv highlights collections from over 30 fashion designers including Alon LivneVictor BellaishShahar AvnetDorin FrankfurtLara Rosnovsky and Sasson Kedem, to name a few, who will be showing pieces from their collections which use Kornit Digital’s innovative technology both in their prototypes and in their production practices. 

Kornit Digital printers and services are available worldwide enabling the entire fashion ecosystem to be driven by demand rather than supply, meaning brands produce only what is sold. This ‘on-demand’ approach is the future of fashion production, eliminating material, water, and transport waste, reducing energy and pollution of natural resources, presenting a fully sustainable production solution all the way through.

A selection of eight up-and-coming designers all of whom are part of the Upcoming Designers Greenhouse by Mifal Ha’Pais, the Israeli lottery. As part of the prestigious Greenhouse grant, now in its sixth year, each designer receives a grant of 120,000 NIS which goes towards designing and producing a runway collection, as well as mentorship from a senior designer and a business mentor. This year, the promising collections are to be launched at Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv. This year’s winners include: Nofar Duchovny (TUTU.B), Shadi Magleton (SFM), Dennis and Artium Ryabko (HAVIE mnfct), Anat Friedman, Amit Luzon and Eyal Eliyahu (ADISH), Yifat Finkelstein, Ariel Toledano (Maison Ariel Toledano) and Or Eidelman (E218 Studio).

Another component to Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2021 is a show from Israel’s Shenkar College fashion department whereby 45 looks will be presented. Each piece has been designed by second, third- and fourth-year students from multiple courses such as: tailoring, denim, evening wear, menswear, knits, genderless and sustainability. Selected looks are divided into 3 groups: colorful casual streetwear, earthy pastels presented by dancers, and tailored, avant-garde black and whites.

The opening gala will be hosted by supermodel Bar Rafaeli and Tel Aviv Fashion Week founder Motty Reif, kicking off the week airing March 28. 

View the Kornit Fashion Week Tel Aviv schedule at   

Fashion Week Tel Aviv was conceived by Motty Reif, who in 2011 decided to revive fashion in Israel, bring back its spirit and glory from the 1980s, and change the global perception of the country. The event’s 10th anniversary marks a collaboration with Kornit Digital and offers a celebration of Israeli design talent, tech and innovation. 

“A decade ago, I started Tel Aviv Fashion Week in order to promote our local talent internationally. For the past five years, we’ve been a driving force behind inclusivity in fashion, and now we are tackling the industry’s most pressing issue of our time and joining forces with Kornit in order to make production more sustainable—startup nation technology meets fashion, to change the world together.”- Motty Reif, Founder, Fashion Week Tel Aviv.

Kornit’s single-step patent technology empowers designers to create high-quality collections without worrying about the overstock that traditional fashion cycles produce. With its cutting-edge solutions that are at the forefront of the direct-to-garment and direct-to-fabric world, Kornit Digital is well-positioned to further drive the full digitization of the fashion industry. 

“For more than a decade, Kornit has led the charge for on-demand production, and our innovations ensure fashion designers can deliver brilliant designs, limitless colour combinations, the finest hand-feel, and unparalleled durability, all while changing the game with production practices that are simultaneously more profitable, more responsive to spontaneous and shifting demand, and more eco-responsible. I couldn’t be prouder to present an event that is widely recognized as a beacon for global movements and agendas and demonstrate how diversity and individual expression can be enriched and celebrated hand-in-hand with our shared vision of a more sustainable world.”- Ronen Samuel, CEO, Kornit Digital. 

Kornit Digital (NASDAQ:KRNT) develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Kornit delivers complete solutions, including digital printing systems, inks, consumables, software and after-sales support. Leading the digital direct-to-garment printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment printing process, Kornit caters directly to the changing needs of the textile printing value chain. Kornit’s technology enables innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand and mass customization concepts. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit also offers a revolutionary approach to the roll-to-roll textile printing industry: Digitally printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric with no additional finishing processes. Founded in 2003, Kornit Digital is a global company, headquartered in Israel with offices in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Printful Executes Major Global Expansion of On-Demand Apparel and Fashion Production with Kornit Digital

“Printful’s booming activity of digital-native micro-brands, creative apparel designers, and social media influencers requires expansion in global fulfilment capacity

Kornit Digital (Nasdaq: KRNT), a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced global on-demand printing and warehousing provider Printful will be adding more than 50 Kornit Atlas systems during 2021 for direct-to-garment (DTG) production on demand, representing a considerable expansion of their current production capabilities. This coincides with the print-on-demand leader’s addition of new production facilities in Los Angeles, Dallas, Charlotte, Mexico, Spain, and Canada, as well as expansion of existing facilities globally.

Named among Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500™ with three-year revenue growth of 441%, more than $722 million in goods sold by customers through the company’s online platform to date, and almost 30 million items delivered, Printful has provided a consistent model of success for on-demand fulfillment to B2B and B2C customers in the e-commerce age.

“Consumers today want customization and personalization, social media engagement, responsible and eco-friendly business practices, and instant gratification—whether they’re buying, designing, or building their own personal brand,” said Davis Siksnans, Printful Co-Founder and CEO. “Kornit’s agile, versatile, efficient technologies power our success by answering those demands with ease, and their quality, reliability, and scalability are a key reason we’re now shipping more than a million finished pieces every month. By bringing our proven production capabilities to more corners of the globe, Printful will be positioned to meet and exceed the demands of today’s creative digital natives for years to come.”

“Printful offers a complete platform to give creators and entrepreneurs worldwide an end-to-end fulfillment experience, from design to production to delivery of a finished product,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital CEO. “As an early adopter of Kornit technology, they’ve grown from a small print operation to become a global leader in taking digital creative concepts and making them real. They demonstrate the overwhelming potential of digital transformation, creating a mega-marketplace that empowers enterprising digital natives to conceive and scale their brands—and thanks to Kornit, they’re also demonstrating how on-demand digital production can make apparel a cleaner, more sustainable, more responsible enterprise.”

Kornit Digital (NASDAQ:KRNT) develops, manufactures and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel and textile industries. Kornit delivers complete solutions, including digital printing systems, inks, consumables, software and after-sales support. Leading the digital direct-to-garment and direct-to-fabric printing market with its exclusive eco-friendly NeoPigment printing process, Kornit caters directly to the changing needs of the textile printing value chain. Kornit’s technology enables innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand and mass customization concepts. With its immense experience in the direct-to-garment market, Kornit also offers a revolutionary approach to the roll-to-roll textile printing industry: Digitally printing with a single ink set onto multiple types of fabric with no additional finishing processes. Founded in 2002, Kornit Digital is a global company, headquartered in Israel with offices in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, and serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Printful is an on-demand printing and warehousing company that helps people turn their ideas into brands and products. The company fulfills and ships custom clothing, accessories, and home & living items for online businesses. Since its founding in 2013, Printful has been trusted to deliver 29M+ items, and in 2019 the company hit a revenue milestone of USD 116 million. Printful has scaled to a team of 1600+ people across nine fulfilment centres around the world.

High-tech solutions for the textile industry in Asia

KARL MAYER will be presenting innovations, focusing on digitalisation at ITMA ASIA + CITME, in Hall 4, Stand A 32 at the NECC, June 12-16, 2021

KARL MAYER will once again be presenting itself as a pioneer of digitalisation at ITMA ASIA + CITME, located in Hall 4, Stand A 32. The innovative market leader offers innovative digital solutions for all its machine segments, enabling customers to benefit from unprecedented flexibility, efficiency and, above all, independence.

These digital trendsetting offers will be the focus for each of the three powerful brands in the expanding Group: KARL MAYER, KM.ON and – most recently – STOLL. For the first time in Asia, KARL MAYER will be exhibiting machines with the highest market relevance for both warp knitting and flat knitting. “The upcoming ITMA ASIA+CITME is a very special trade show for us in two respects. After a long pause in face to face communicaton, we are looking forward to exchanging ideas with our customers in person again in China, our most important market. In addition, this is our first trade fair appearance together with STOLL. Visitors from both the warp knitting and flat knitting sectors, as well as from the warp preparation and technical textiles sectors, will be able to find out all about the opportunities for new business, stronger market positions and optimized production processes,” said Arno Gärtner, CEO of the KARL MAYER Group.

On show at the exhibition stand will be an HKS, two machines from the ADF family and a new flat knitting machine for the volume market. All models offer unique possibilities thanks to digital features that keep the customer one step ahead when it comes to modern production processes. For visitors from the field of weaving, KARL MAYER will be exhibiting the ISODIRECT beam warping machine with an excellent price-performance ratio.

KARL MAYER founded KM.ON to develop pioneering digital products. The company’s own software start-up made its first major market appearance at ITMA ASIA + CTME in 2018, and this time round, it will showcase new and enhanced digital solutions that are highly effective in helping customers do business.

The possibilities afforded by digitalisation are also a pillar of Care Solutions, KARL MAYER’s new concept for an even more comprehensive, focused and solution-oriented after-sales service. The SPARE PARTS WEBSHOP is part of this. The procurement tool is already well established on the market and can now also be used to procure electronic lapping data. The SwapKnit 36 and SwapKnit 36 Flat have been developed for this purpose and will be presented at ITMA ASIA + CITME.

In addition, an exclusive textile and application demonstration on the KARL MAYER stand will open up new market opportunities for visitors. Highlights include high-performance geotextiles and construction textiles for manufacturers of technical textiles, on-trend warp knitted fabrics for brands and fabric producers from the sportswear, underwear and fashion sectors, and denim fabrics through which KARL MAYER demonstrates its strength in indigo dyeing.

 Karl Mayer ITMA Asia

Join us online May 17-21, 2021 for the IWTO Congress

The annual IWTO Congress is a highlight of the global wool textile industry calendar. For 2021 we offer you a fully digital series of presentations and discussion, over the course of five days and spanning global time zones.

From what’s driving wool sustainability to the latest market statistics, there’s plenty of wool talk to go around. We’ll hear from some of the world’s leading wool professionals and experts.

The detailed programme can be had here

Online registration for IWTO members is available here

Printing Expo Announces the Opening of Zone 2 plus enhanced UX and new exhibitors in Zone 1

Following a surge in interest from both visitors and exhibitors, Printing Expo has announced the opening of Zone 2 of their online exhibition which includes the Xeikon Wall Decoration Showroom and the Trade Association Hub. They have also announced new exhibitors for Zone 1. With over 21,000 visitors to date from over 150 countries, the innovative virtual show is proving to be of great interest to a diversity of printers and suppliers worldwide. The feedback received so far states that Printing Expo’s 3D visual browsing experience is successfully bridging the gap between the physical and the virtual for many in the global printing community.

Director, Wayne Beckett says, “We are listening to the feedback. It is very important to us that we continue to improve the user experience. We believe that anything virtual has to be interactive and most of all needs to be fun to visit as well as useful. With new exhibitors coming on board, we are working on populating the surrounding space and have recently added people avatars – also a show audio sound track to give a real life feel to the visitor experience. As we see the number of visitors increasing daily, there is more and more interest from exhibitors. The opening of Zone 2 is a natural progression as Printing Expo becomes more established.” 

The Printing Expo team can design and create bespoke 3D virtual stands to any specification – imagination is the only limitation. However, an advantage for exhibitors is the option to use their own stand designs.  Right now this is proving very useful as many companies already had their stands prepared for physical exhibitions that they are no longer participating at. Printing Expo’s designers can render any stand design into a bespoke 3D virtual space. Each stand can be a part of the exhibition giving visitors the opportunity to explore and engage. Additionally, the stands can be utilised by the exhibitor as a digital marketing tool and used in different geographies as an online demo centre to drive sales leads.  

Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s Corporate Communications Manager states, “We chose to work with Printing Expo because of the quality of their work and their dedication. They understand the specific need for these tools today which respond to the current online orientation of printers searching for information and creative ideas. Our new virtual showroom experience follows a set navigation path through Xeikon’s machine hall where visitors will find all they need to book a demo, access and download product brochures, watch a selection of videos as well as request print samples. Users will have easy access to connect with Xeikon’s product experts and see Xeikon’s digital production portfolio in action. Content will be regularly updated and there will be facilities to download our latest information on the power of dry toner technology, technical specifications and the latest product updates.”

Beckett concludes, “It’s been fantastic working with the Xeikon team, who had a very clear objective from the outset in the creation of their Wall Decoration showroom. The opportunities are limitless. We see companies adapting and revising their strategies to meet the different constraints in our changing world.  We are delighted to say that alongside the opening of Zone 2, we have new stands up and ready in Zone 1. Additionally, we are receiving reservations for stands in Zones 3 & 4, so come and join us, and don’t let reality hold you back!”

Creators and event organisers Wayne Beckett and Chris Watson partnered with V-Ex Virtual Exhibitions to launch in the second half of 2019. This immersive and interactive online exhibition is designed on a ‘real world’ scale to be accessed anytime, anywhere. Bringing true reality to each physical aspect, the 3D visual browsing experience works the same way as a live exhibition. The technology is cloud based and provides a unique showcase for any company’s product and services. The halls and stands are rendered out to real physical dimensions. Stands are built using a combination of 3D rendering, photography and HD video. The online exhibition has its own fully interactive auditorium that has been designed to host live and pre-recorded panel sessions, seminars and conferences.

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition opened

Taking place from March 17 – 19, the 2021 Spring Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles featured 219 exhibitors in hall 5.2 of the National Exhibition and Convention Center. The concurrent fairs Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics – Spring Edition, Yarn Expo Spring, CHIC and PH17 – 19  Value will also be held on the same dates.

With a focus on finished products to match local sourcing needs, the Spring Edition will feature a wide range of bedding & towelling, rugs, table & kitchen linen, home textile technologies, textile design and more. Featured exhibitors include Lenzing, Cotton Council International, Yantai Zhonglian, Zhangjiagang Coolist Life Technology and Wujiang City Yunjie Textiles.

Chinese regional pavillions will also feature from Nantong, Pujiang, Huzhou and Zhenze, in addition to the Zhejiang Feather & Down Association pavilion. A new Feather & Down Product Zone will also house a number of domestic exhibitors.

Debut Home Textile Products for Campus & School Zone to feature

Responding to domestic market trends, the fair will feature a Home Textile Products for Campus & School Zone for the first time. Ms Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, explained: “In recent years, the range of interior textile products produced specifically for schools, ranging from kindergartens to universities, has increased steadily. However, with this growth the product quality has become uneven, so the creation of this zone is our attempt to promote standardisation in this sector to ensure the health of users and increase the knowledge for our visitors around product choice.” In addition to a range of exhibitors displaying their latest products in the zone, a market information forum will also be held.

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd; the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT; and the China Home Textile Association (CHTA). The next edition of the fair, the Autumn Edition, will take place from 25 – 27 August in the same venue, and also concurrent with Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, Yarn Expo, CHIC and PH Value.

To find out more about this fair, please visit:

HIGHTEX postponed, New Dates:  June 14-18, 2022

HIGHTEX International Technical Textiles and Nonwoven Trade Fair, which is planned to be held on June 22-26, 2021 was decided to postpone to June 14-18, 2022, considering the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the world. This postponement decision was taken as a result of intense discussions and evaluations with our participants and sector representatives.

The HIGHTEX Organisation Team made the following statements: “We as HIGHTEX Organisation Team, our priority is to protect your valuable exhibitors and visitors’ investments and all rights, not our commercial earnings. In this regard, we believe that all of our participants will find this compulsory postponement decision taken for the HIGTEX Exhibition justified and will understand.”

HIGHTEX 2022, which will be held in Istanbul Tuyap Fair and Congress Center between June 14 – 18, 2022, simultaneously with the ITM 2022 Exhibition.  

Oerlikon Barmag at the Polyurethanex fair in Moscow

Demanding material requires customised pumps

Polyurethane (PUR) is conquering ever more areas of modern life – automobiles, furniture, shoes, medical technology and packaging. However, processing it is extremely complex and demands tailored solutions for the respective applications. Here, the Oerlikon Barmag precision metering pumps fulfill the very highest demands of the chemical industry – from highlyaccurate metering all the way through to greater durability and superior efficiency. Visitors to the Polyurethanex trade fair (Pavilion 1, Stand 1A03), being held in Moscow between March 30 and April 01, 2021, will now also be able to convince themselves.

As soft foams, PUR in car seats, furniture upholstery and footwear and, as rigid foams, in insulation materials for buildings and cooling units. Vehicle manufacturers use it to produce composite components, while virtually every industry deploys cast PUR elastomers to create cushioning elements, rollers and many other items. This flexible material harbors huge potential and industrial competition is correspondingly dynamic: in demand are tailored PUR processing solutions for highly-efficient, rapid-response and, above all, environmentally-friendly mass production.

GM and GA pumps series for challenging applications

Oerlikon Barmag has been catering to the growing requirements with its gear metering pumps for many decades now. At the Moscow trade fair, the Remscheid-based company will be presenting its GM and GA ranges, along with the corresponding components for the most diverse applications. These pumps also reliably master the most demanding processes in the chemicals, plastics and paints and lacquers industries. They are characterized by low-pulsation feeding of the conveying medium, which promotes more accurate metering.

High-speed pumping despite poor lubrication

Industrial filter technology, the company from East Westphalia can fall back on its extensive know-how and many years of experience.

One of the greatest challenges here is the highly-accurate metering of poorly-lubricating and abrasive media. The high-speed metering pump was developed especially for this: “It is beneficial above all in cases of chemical manufacturing processes that focus on aggressive acids”, emphasizes Thorsten Wagener, the sales expert responsible for industrial and chemical application pumps.

The main advantage of this high-speed pump is its sealed product space. The space that comes into contact with the media is therefore limited to the area around the gears. This extends the lifespan of the pump considerably. With the beginning of the corona pandemic and the shortage of protective masks that ensued, Wolf PVG GmbH & Co. KG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Melitta Group, switched part of its production capacities to nonwoven mask fabric production. As a highly specialised system supplier for everything to do with vacuum cleaners and industrial filter technology, the company from East Westphalia can fall back on its extensive know-how and many years of experience.

With its Oerlikon Barmag, Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Nonwoven brands, the Oerlikon Manmade Fibres division is one of the leading providers of manmade fibre filament spinning systems, texturing machines, BCF systems, staple fibre systems and solutions for the production of nonwovens and – as a service provider – offers engineering solutions for the entire textile value added chain.

As a future-oriented company, the research and development at this division of the Oerlikon Group is driven by energy-efficiency and sustainable technologies (e-save). With its range of polycondensation and extrusion systems and their key components, the company caters to the entire manufacturing process – from the monomer all the way through to the textured yarn. The product portfolio is rounded off with automation and Industrie 4.0 solutions.

The primary markets for the product portfolio of Oerlikon Barmag are in Asia, especially in China, India and Turkey, and – for those of Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Nonwoven – in the USA, Asia, Turkey and Europe. Worldwide, the division – with more than 3,000 employees – has a presence in 120 countries with production, sales and distribution and service organizations. At the R&D centers in Remscheid, Neumünster (Germany) and Suzhou (China), highly-qualified engineers, technologists and technicians develop innovative and technologically-leading products for tomorrow’s world.

Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a global innovation powerhouse for surface engineering, polymer processing and additive manufacturing. The Group’s solutions and comprehensive services, together with its advanced materials, improve and maximize performance, function, design and sustainability of its customer’s products and manufacturing processes in key industries. Pioneering technology for decades, everything Oerlikon invents and does is guided by its passion to support customer’s goals and foster a sustainable world. Headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, the Group operates its business in two Divisions – Surface Solutions and Manmade Fibres. It has a global footprint of more than 10 600 employees at 179 locations in 37 countries and generated sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2020. 

IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living set for a highly anticipated return in October 2021

The dates are set: IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is welcoming exhibitor registration for its 2021 edition, to be held from 18 – 20 October 2021 in the South Halls of Tokyo Big Sight. The dedicated fair for interior design is once again set to attract not only retail buyers but also visitors from design and architecture offices, commercial facilities, and other contract businesses. The 2019 edition welcomed 352 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions as well as 16,016 visitors from 34 countries and regions, receiving much positive feedback for its increased focus on contract business.

Returning after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living will once again create opportunities for exhibitors to meet new clients and expand their businesses. Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd is working to put all of the appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place to protect participants during the fair period, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

New ETHICAL zone added to satisfy consumer demand

A newly introduced ETHICAL zone will help industry players explore the themes of sustainability and ecology, which are continuing to gain traction in the interior design market. The zone focuses on environmental protection, up-cycling, fair trade, products that support people with disabilities, organic products, local production for local consumption, and more. Furniture production from recycled forest materials will also be a focus of the zone, which will be promoted in the run up to the fair through sector-specific media channels. This will include dedicated promotional activities targeting ethically driven retailers and restaurants.

A variety of booth sizes to accommodate exhibitors’ needs

In response to requests from exhibitors who showcase smaller items, a new booth size has been added for 2021. Measuring 6.3 sqm (width 3m x depth 2.1m), the new booth option is one size smaller than the existing 9 sqm booth, adding more choice for exhibitors

Dedicated lifestyle themed zones

Proving popular amongst trade buyers during previous editions, ‘CREATIVE RESOURCE’ is a zone devoted to innovative interior materials, as well as parts and services for interior design and home remodelling. Products featured at the zone include wallpaper, floor coverings, paints and related materials. First introduced in 2012, the zone has grown in stature as the destination for the likes of manufacturers, architects, designers and developers to find inspiration.

The fair’s zoning encompasses a variety of different product categories and themes. This not only simplifies the sourcing process for trade buyers, but it also maximises business exposure for exhibitors. Day-to-day lifestyle products – both stylish and functional – will be displayed in the ‘HOME’, ‘ACCENT’ and ‘EVERYDAY’ zones with a focus on living spaces, accessories and household items respectively.

Moreover, catering to the world of convenience and home cuisine, an array of pragmatically-designed packaged food will be presented at ‘FOODIST’, while innovative dining items will be gathered at the ‘KITCHEN LIFE’ zone.

Highlighting high quality local craftsmanship, designs from Japanese artisanal artists with a modern touch will be located in the ‘JAPAN STYLE’ zone. The latest designs from highly acclaimed international brands will be displayed too, in the ‘MOVEMENT’ area, while work from up-and-coming young designers will appear at the ‘TALENTS’ and ‘NEXT’ zones. IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is held annually in fall and is the sister fair of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo held in spring, which is based on Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt’s largest and most important international consumer goods fair, and Heimtextil, the biggest international home and contract textiles fair. With the synergetic effects of these leading global trade fairs in the high-end interior market, and with Messe Frankfurt’s global network, IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living is a key platform for professionals, buyers, architects and those engaged in domestic and international contract business.

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Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Messe Frankfurt Group employs around 2500* people in a total of 30 subsidiaries. The company generated annual sales of approximately EUR 250* million in 2020 after having recorded sales of EUR 738 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60%) and the State of Hesse (40 %).

* preliminary figures 2020


JEC Group, the world’s leading company, dedicated to promoting composite materials, introduces all-new digital event series for the composites community: JEC Composites CONNECT. On June 1-2, 2021, this first round-the-clock event will be the industry’s most significant event, hosting major industry players, enabling participants to discover the latest trends thanks to business conferences and get networking opportunities. This live-streamed event will also be the place to highlight innovation through competitions, awards ceremonies and keynote speeches.

JEC Composites CONNECT: a breakthrough digital event to bring the composites community together

On June 1-2, JEC Composites CONNECT will be the meeting place for all things composites. Participants can access the free non-stop digital floor from 8:30 am on June 1 to 6 pm CEST on June 2.  This first   JEC Composites CONNECT will work as an online trade show, with digital stands for companies showcasing their latest products, from raw materials to composites parts manufacturers, with various networking rooms, a meeting requests platform, and with a conference area to access live streaming content.

Flying Man Frank Zapata

JEC Group is the world’s leading company dedicated entirely to developing information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the composite materials industry’s growth and promotion. Publisher of the JEC Composites Magazine – the industry’s reference magazine, JEC Group drives global innovation programs and organizes several events globally, including JEC World (the top and world-leading international exhibition dedicated to composite materials and their applications).

Women in Textiles Summit engages and inspires virtually

Inspiring, engaging, empowering, collaborative, synergy and fun are just some of the words participants are using to describe this year’s Women in Textiles Summit. This IFAI event for established and emerging leaders took place March 4–5, 2021, on a virtual platform with the enthusiastic participation of more than 100 attendees.

Event emcees, Apurba Banerjee of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation and Rachal McCarthy of NTI Global, guided the event to encourage audience interaction throughout a variety of education and networking sessions.

The education sessions included “Leading the Change” presented by Kim Glas, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) who spoke about how to advocate for yourself and career, along with a panel on navigating barriers within global business and communications. University of Minnesota professor, Lucy Dunne, discussed the exciting changes in textiles and sewn products and Paige Mullis, brand director at Glen Raven Inc., spoke about building a culture of innovation within businesses.

Round table discussions, wellness breaks and even a game of trivia accomplished what can be difficult in a virtual setting—bringing people together. Attendee Andrea Brouwers of Sonoma Sails says, “Right away when I sat in the room, the energy was different. Women are less fearful and just jumped in.” Brouwers also notes the significance of the wellness breaks with a live yoga instructor, “There would never be another conference with calming moments, a great addition.”

in Textiles Summit event manager Jill Newman acknowledges the challenges of transitioning an event to a virtual setting. “This event is close to my heart, and I think those who have attended feel the same way, so we put a lot of thought and creativity into making this event as meaningful as possible on a virtual platform. That said, we can’t wait to be together again in-person in 2022.”