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Themes & events at Techtextil

With its extensive supporting programme of lectures, showcases and competitions, Techtextil offers exhibitors and visitors an insight into the latest developments in the industry, as well as additional technical inspiration.

The event highlights of 2019

Special-Event „Urban Living – City of the Future“

Urban Linving - City of Future Keyvisual

According to the United Nations, nearly 70 percent of all people are expected to be living in metropolises and megacities by 2050. This poses new challenges for living and mobility concepts, as well as food supplies and health services provision. Functional apparel, with smart functions for example, could also play an even more important role in people’s everyday lives in the future.

In collaboration with “Creative #olland“, the Dutch creative industries, Techtextil and Texprocess were dedicating an exhibition space to life in the city of the future with the 'Urban Living – City of the Future' special event.

On an area of more than 500 m2 in the foyer of Hall 4.2 selected examples showed how textile innovations can already improve the way people live together in urban surroundings today. Selected innovations from the fields of architecture & construction, mobility, medicine and clothing were shown in a disruptive architectonic landscape. The inspiring exhibition area was accompanied by a Material Gallery showing best-practice solutions from exhibitors, the presentation area of the Techtextil student competition, Textile Structures for New Building as well as an accompanying complementary programme. Curated by the Stijlinstituut Amsterdam and structurally implemented by Dutch architect firm Refunc.

NEW: Techtextil Forum

A speaker during the Techtextil Symposium at the last Techtextil

New: Techtextil Symposium turns into Techtextil Forum

For the first time in 2019, the Techtextil Forum provided an opportunity for an interactive exchange of ideas and information between exhibitors and trade visitors, as well as researchers and developers and users. Besides numerous expert lectures the Forum programme included discussion events from widely differing areas of application. The Forum area was located right into the exhibition hall. It was accessible to all participants of the fair free of charge.

Techtextil Innovation Award 2019

Techtextil Innovation Award area during the last Techtextil

2019 for the 15th time, Techtextil was giving the Techtextil Innovation Award for outstanding new and further developments in the field of technical textiles, nonwovens and functional apparel fabrics. Both exhibitors and non-exhibitors at Techtextil can take part in the competition. The winners were selected by a jury made up of experts from around the world. A special exhibition of their work was presented to visitors and media representatives during the trade fair. The awards were presented at the inauguration ceremony on the trade fair’s first day.

Young innovative companies

Young innovative companies area during the last Techtextil

Dynamic, exciting, full of ideas: Young companies and start-ups from Germany present their textile innovations in the promotional area hosted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). A must-attend for all those who want to make a contact with young researchers and entrepreneurs.

Student competition for textile architecture

Student competition for textile architecture during the last Techtextil

On the theme of 'Textile Structures for New Building', the Techtextil trade fair was once again giving awards for young ideas on building with textile-based materials. Competition participants could submit entries in the following categories: macro-architecture, micro-architecture, material innovation, environment and ecology, as well as composites and hybrid structures. In addition, participants were able to submit their entries in the context of 'Urban Living – City of the Future'.

The official award ceremony for the winners took place at Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main. The prize-winning ideas were also presented in a special show at the fair.

Winners 2019 (PDF)

Campus & Job exchange

The campus area during the last Techtextil

International universities, institutes and fashion colleges present their study and teaching programmes at the joint special area of Techtextil and Texprocess. The Campus Zone also provides insights into current projects and is a contact point for highly qualified and motivated young talent.

NEW in 2019: The digital job exchange of the Messe Frankfurt Texpertise Network provides information about internships, thesis projects and vacant positions at exhibitor companies. It also offers the chance to create candidate profiles and attract potential future employers.
To the job exchange

Sustainability a major topic at Techtextil


„Sustainability at Techtextil“: In the field of technical textiles, more and more firms are adopting approaches to greater sustainability. In 2019, Techtextil explicitly turned its focus onto its exhibitors' approaches to sustainability.

Fibres made of recycled polyester, bio-based high-tech textiles, functional and work clothing, using little or no solvents and adhesives: Overall, 47 firms were selected, including 44 exhibitors at Techtextil. Visitors who were interested found the selected firms in an own Fair Guide, via filter function under "Sustainability" in the online visitor search facility, and on both fairs' apps.

The Techtextil Forum also provided a series of contributions devoted exclusively to sustainable textile innovations. For the first time the Techtextil Innovation Award was presented to two firms in the category of sustainability.

To the Fair Guide (PDF)

To the online exhibitor search

Texprocess event highlights 2019

Trade visitors and exhibitors at Techtextil also benefit from the supporting programme at Texprocess, which takes place at the same time.

To Texprocess event highlights

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