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Techtextil looms—how prepared are you?

Don't get lost in the crowds: our editorial team has begun posting information about the plans of the exhibitors at the next Techtextil. Keep checking our News Section to help plan your way around the busy Halls in Frankfurt next May.

Techtextil, which will next take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 14–17 May 2019, is the single most important event for our industry. In order to help our members prepare for it, and to find new products, services, suppliers and customers among its crowded halls, we have begun posting in the news section information about the individual plans of exhibitors (these postings are prefixed "Techtextil preview:"). In addition, Technical-Textiles.Net will be exhibiting and you can visit our team at the event (Hall 4.1, Stand number FOY06).

Two UK-based partners have developed a binder-free method for adding highly functional particles to nonwoven fabrics. During the Nonwovens for High-performance Applications symposium, held in Cannes, France, on 10–11 October 2018, Nick Butler learned how they do this.

Already a significant market, the latest products for bedding will be this year’s focus at a major annual exhibition dedicated to textiles for the home. Adrian Wilson previews what exhibits visitors to Heimtextil (to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 8–11 January 2019) can find to enhance their sleep.

In an age where industrial, even cross-sector, collaboration is creating significant opportunities for businesses, Darren Mitchell, a specialist patent attorney for the law firm Potter Clarkson, offers advice to would-be participants on how to protect their assets and avoid subsequent court battles while negotiating partnership deals.

Gaining significant clues to the kinds of developments textile manufacturers can expect to see at next year’s ITMA, Adrian Wilson visited this year’s precursor event, ITMA Asia + CITME, and discovered enthusiasm among machine builders for a future based on automation and data exchange.