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Many machinery builders presented their most important developments at ITMA (which was held in Milan, Italy, on 8–14 June 2023), but Techtextil, and its sister show, Texprocess, still provide them with a vital opportunity to showcase their technologies to the technical-textiles market. Editor James Bakewell picks-out some highlights.

The development of high-performance fibres, yarns, filaments and threads continues to create numerous opportunities for manufacturers of technical textiles. James Bakewell uncovers some highlights to look-out for during Techtextil.

There will be myriad examples of innovation from manufacturers of knitted, woven and laminated fabrics at Techtextil. James Bakewell provides a guide to companies to look for on the show floor.

Techtextil offers nonwovens manufacturers the chance to show a range of technical applications for their products. James Bakewell picks his highlights.

Finishing, coating and laminating technologies are used to impart a wide range of functionalities to textiles.  Editor James Bakewell picks-out some of the highlights from the busy show floor at Techtextil.

Testing, and quality assurance and control are vital elements for manufacturers of technical textiles. Fortunately, Techtextil will offer attendees plenty of opportunities to find the latest equipment and instruments to help them maintain and prove the standards of their products. James Bakewell provides a few tips as to where to look among the crowded halls.

Held in Frankfurt, Germany, in January each year, Heimtextil marks the start of the events calendar for many in the textiles industry. High on the agenda at this year’s event were the impact of artificial intelligence on the home textiles industry, the need for natural and biodegradable fibres for the manufacture of home and contract textiles, and a preview of what to expect at Techtextil and Texprocess. Editor James Bakewell reports.  

After the flagship event for the composite industry, JEC World, Editor James Bakewell reviews recent developments in the use of flax fibres for the reinforcement of composites. 

Despite some very well-established and streamlined supply chains, the recovery and recycling of technical textiles is still far from easy, according to Nonwovens Editor Adrian Wilson, reporting from the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress  (GFC).

After its postponement in 2022, the eighth edition of ITMA Asia + CITME is due to take place in Shanghai, China, on 19–23 November 2023. Ahead of the combined shows, Editor James Bakewell picks-out a few likely highlights.