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More than just the numbers—Techtextil revealed the industry's current vigour more than ever before

Busy corridors (above) and busy stands (below) only tell part of the story—Techtextil highlighted the robust health of the industry.

A record-breaking 1477 exhibitors were present at Techtextil from 9–12 May, an increase of 6% compared with the previous show in Frankfurt two years ago (1389). These exhibitors came from 55 countries (2015: 52), with Germany (423 exhibitors) the largest nation represented. Compared with 2015, the biggest increases in exhibitor numbers also came largely from Europe—Spain, Poland, Italy, The Netherlands and Turkey. However, numbers from China and India increased significantly too. Moreover, the three countries represented for the first time (Lebanon, Mexico and Vietnam), as well as the presence of several national pavilions from outside of Europe (Canada, the USA, China, South Korea and Taiwan) together underline the truly international nature of this event.

Once again, Techtextil shared the exhibition halls with Texprocess, which also recorded its biggest ever number of exhibitors: 312 from 36 countries (2015: 273 from 33). In combination, the shows attracted 47 500 visitors from 114 countries, an increase of more than 13% compared with 2015 (41 826).

However, numbers from the organizer Messe Frankfurt are not the whole story. Those attending the show will have left with an extremely favourable impression of the industry. Even in the worst depths of the Financial Crisis, Techtextil (2007, 2009 and 2011) remained an upbeat and vibrant event, continuing to grow and project optimism in the intervening years, but the event in 2017 was the most buoyant in my memory, and I’ve attended regularly since 1993 when the show and many parts of the industry were still in their infancy. From all along the supply chain, attendees spoke optimistically about the economic climate and there was evidence of innovation everywhere.

Fresh from the exertions of attending the shows, our editorial team is now busy reporting the most important of these development, see, for instance:

In addition, read our show preview, which describes the wealth of innovations we learned about before the exhibition doors opened, and keep coming back to the site as much more will follow as we continue to report on individual developments, and analyse and comment on what this all means for the industry.

Techtextil 2017 preview

TTNet is pleased to make available our previews of the Techtextil exhibition. Please click here to access a complimentary PDF of these articles as they appear in our sister publication Technical Textiles International.


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The ingenuity of the leading manufacturers of fibres, filaments and yarns continues to create a wealth of opportunities for technical textiles. Editor Nick Butler selects some of the highlights to look for during Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, on 9–12 May 2017.