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The development of plasma processing technology to protect electronics from water damage could lead to the first truly wearable electronics, according to P2i’s Communications Executive, Natasha Verniquet.

Discussion at the Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Textile Chemists and Colourists (8–10 May 2013) focused on adding functionality to textiles and reducing the industry’s impact on the environment. Ian Holme reports for Technical Textiles International from Budapest, Hungary.

In her preview of Texprocess1, Niki Tait found plenty of innovation to recommend to those attending the show in June 2013, but while she was in Frankfurt, Germany, for Technical Textiles International, she found even more.

More than 1250 exhibitors will be present in Frankfurt, Germany, for the latest, and biggest, Techtextil (11–13 June 2013). Editor Nick Butler has surveyed them all to give our readers exclusive advance notice of the most important innovations that will be on display, as well as to gauge the mood of the industry. In this first article, he looks at developments among fibre, filament and yarn manufacturers.

Fabric manufacturers will reveal their latest innovations in Frankfurt. Nick Butler picks his highlights.

During the 21 years of Technical Textiles International, Editor Nick Butler has witnessed Techtextil grow relentlessly as a focal point of the industry.  Another constant during this period, he says, has been the growing importance of high-performance nonwovens.

Coating and lamination remain crucial techniques for creating a range of functionalities for technical textiles.  According to Nick Butler, the halls at Techtextil will contain many examples of the latest developments in this field.

Manufacturers of additives, finishing chemicals, coatings and adhesives for laminating will attend Techtextil with the message that they are a vital part of the supply chain’s efforts to create additional value in technical textiles, reports Nick Butler.

Machinery builders come to Techtextil to learn about the latest trends in technical textiles so that they can develop equipment suited to this growing sector and, in the last decade, their presence in Frankfurt has become significant, writes Nick Butler.

Rounding off our previews of the innovations that will be displayed at Techtextil (and Texprocess) in Frankfurt, Germany, in June 2013, Editor Nick Butler looks at those that do not fit into our other categories.