Bangladeshi visitors are being encouraged to take part in the Techtextil and Texprocess exhibition to be held May 14-17, 2019 in Frankfurt of Germany. Omer Salahuddin, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Bangladesh and Gunter Veit, Chairman of VDMA (Textile Machinery Association) Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies made the particular call for Bangladeshi visitors while speaking about Texprocess and Techtextil at Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka in the capital.

The leading international trade fair is going to cover all aspects of technical textiles, non-wovens and functional apparel textiles as well as their manufacture and processing. They said that a number of leading businesses from Bangladesh attended the event in Germany’s business and financial hub last year to learn new techniques and innovations. Some of the leading Giant Group, Metro Group, Nassa Group, Evince Group, Dekko Group, Islam Garments and others.

Gunter Veit said that Bangladesh is their most important market in world. “Bangladesh is doing great in garments industry. Technical support is further needed here. Messe Frankfurt is the world’s leading textile trade fair organiser and has over 150 events, of which some fifty are textiles-only events held across four continents.

However, VDMA, (a textile machinery-makers’ association) represents more than 3,200-member companies in the mechanical engineering industry in Germany and Europe. Last year, Messe Frankfurt textile department saw some 22,000 exhibitors and 520,000 trade visitors around the world. In the past two years, they have consistently expanded their Texpertise Network by acquiring new shows. Techtextil covers “technical textile” and their applications such as geotextiles, medical textile, safety and security wear, protective garments and sports clothes, according to organizers.

In 2017 – 139 Bangladeshi visitors and in 2015 -113 Bangladeshi visitors attended both shows. One Exhibitor from Bangladesh was also present in 2017– Bang Jin who is now also exhibiting in Techtextil Russia. Messe Frankfurt officials said the technical textiles account for 27 per cent of global textile production. By 2020, the market is expected to grow to $175 bn. This is double the 93 bn recorded in the year 2000. The sector has experienced continuous growth in Europe during recent years and the significance of technical textiles is increasing further, they added. Citing data from Eurostat they said Germany is the global market leader for technical textiles with annual sales of 13 bn euro. They said Special focus this year will be on Urban Living – According to the United Nations, by 2050, almost 70 per cent of all people will live in metropolises and megacities. This poses new challenges – housing, mobility concepts, food supply and healthcare provisions. This area will focus on how technical textile can make our daily life easier, better and safer.

Gunter Veit said Texprocess will be showing the whole range of textile-garment machinery from design, layout, cutting, making, trimming, digital textile printing, conditioning, finishing, textile logistics and textile recycling. Furthermore, micro-factories are the way forward for the future of clothing production and will be the main theme of Texprocess. He said the industry is changing rapidly with both pressures from brands and consumers. Consumers will want in future to be able to order their own individual clothe and design via their phones direct from the factory.

The brands and industry are also interested in closely monitoring their own production and cutting down on lead times as well as cost. More and more factories will need to be updated with the latest techniques if they want to remain competitive in the global industry. Production will shift not just based on cost but also on quality, lead times and innovations, he added. Both shows have more than 1750 exhibitors and 40,000 trade visitors who can see various machineries and new innovative techniques set to overhaul manufacturing processes.