Cities are the living space of the future. By 2050 nearly 70 per cent of the global population will be living in metropolitan centres and megacities, which means new ways of life and with this, new demands on textiles. The special show “Urban-Living – City of the Future” at both Techtextil and Texprocess is therefore certain to attract a wide audience. The mission to bring technology and textile together in order to safeguard quality of life in the cities is the greatest challenge facing advanced materials in architecture, clothing and mobility. The trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess (14 to 17 May 2019) focus on this theme. Under the motto “Space for Innovation” Techtextil, the Leading International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, will present the complete spectrum of technical textiles, functional apparel textiles and textile technologies and their applications. “Space for Progress” is the motto of the concurrent Texprocess, the Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials, which will show the latest machines, plant, processes and services for making up textile and flexible materials.

The strategic aim of the trade fairs is to bring together textile manufacturers, users and processors who are in advance of their time and transcend sector boundaries. Techtextil will focus on functional and smart textiles, and a comprehensive complementary programme of lectures, discussions, awards and other events will offer supplementary insights for industry insiders. By contrast, Texprocess will focus on digitalisation as a driver of innovation in the textile industry. Following the positive response to last year’s event, a digital textile micro-factory will once again show a fully networked textile production chain in live operation. In addition to a production chain for garments, the complete process for textiles for other areas of application will also be shown for the first time.

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