The textile industry is an immensely global value chain that has a great impact on every country in the world either directly or indirectly. For example, solid waste problem generated mainly in the west from the ‘Fast Fashion’ trend has created a demand of establishing ‘Circular Fashion’ and the whole textile world is likely to feel the corresponding changes. The advent of ‘Industry 4.0’ and its impact also will not only be confined in its developers mainly the European country.
So whether it is a problem or an innovation, everything has to be shared globally in the age of globalization. So, the global platforms are very important which are setting the trends and changing businesses of the future. In addition, whether it is sustainability or anything else, all the stakeholders in the textile industry are looking forward to ITMA 2019 to be held in Barcelona, Spain.
ITMA has been called, as the Olympic of textile machinery is the world’s most important textile and garment machinery exhibition since 1951. It has been a catalyst for changing and competitiveness for the industry over the years. This time the exhibition will be held from 20 to 26 June 2019 at Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via venue where over 1,600 exhibitors will exhibit their latest technologies and sustainable solutions.
Why sustainability is the center focus
In recent time, sustainability issues are getting priority in all aspects of the textile and apparel industry. The drive towards sustainability in the entire textile and garment value chain is increasingly integrated with enlightened business practices, and innovative technology holds the key to environmental sustainability.
Sustainability to-do is not only about reducing economic, environmental and social risks it also means to integrate things in a single objective for living a better life. Thanks to the latest developments in science and engineering and more in data processing, communication and digital integration of concepts and processes which are giving industries a complete change. In addition, the next generation textile industry is going to be completely different because of below-mentioned technologies. Everything, which not even we can imagine, is to be showcased in ITMA 2019.
ITMA to set new trends
Innovation is vital for the textile and apparel industry’s success as Industry 4.0 gains momentum in the manufacturing world. The use of artificial intelligence, processing of big data and connecting the dots together in quick and fast decision-making would be the key changes in the industry.
Companies will shift towards open innovation and so will result in the increased exchange of knowledge and new types of cooperation among educational institutions, research organizations, and business.
And so technology providers are ready to showcase their latest developments in integrating the concept of Industry 4.0 and presenting the outlook of next-generation machinery. All are likely to break the earth in ITMA 2019.
Maria Ludovica Murazzani, Commercial Consul of Italy in Shanghai recently has told that the Italian government has set up a clear vision for Industry 4.0 and Italian companies are making significant progress in this by the legal and others support from the Italian government. Alessandro Zucchi President, ACIMIT further confirmed it and declared that many of those amazing developments will be showcased for the first time in upcoming ITMA 2019 to be held in Barcelona. Companies from Germany, Switzerland, and the UK will not fall short as well.
Digitalization & Automation
Every company’s solution need to complete in a digital way, which aims to maximize profits while achieving zero inventory loss, zero leftover stock, and zero, lost sales opportunity and most importantly zero waste through smart, speedy and sustainable production. Without automation and integral decision making it won’t be possible.
Machinery companies are continuously working on bringing new featured machinery making things digitalized connected through smart devices. They will be showcasing the latest technology for better productivity to cope up with fast fashion trends as automation can offer cost reduction and value-addition in garments products.
Automation, especially in an integrated textile and garment manufacturing chain, will help address the fashion and clothing industry’s current concerns of short production cycles and sustainable business practices, according to CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers.
What is new in ITMA 2019?
ITMA innovation lab is the main attraction of the people aims at driving industry focus on technological research and development. Innovation Lab will provide an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with a truly international gathering of expert researchers and academics who are involved in a vast range of textile-related projects.
Christine Karin Schmidt, Chair of the CEMATEX working group of the ITMA Innovation Lab, and Technical Director of VDMA Textile Machinery Association explained, “There is much more to be discovered at the ITMA Innovation Lab. The Innovation Video Showcase will spotlight the most groundbreaking exhibits at ITMA 2019.
“By presenting these latest innovations in a video format at the Speakers Platform, CEMATEX aims to further promote excellence in R&D and make the Innovation Lab a hotspot that will inspire visitors from all sectors of the textile and apparel making industry.”
Automation and Industry 4.0 are one of the key focus areas in Europe, and Germany’s Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF), for example, has recently been involved in the multi-company co-ordination of digital textile micro-factories. These have involved fully automated and interlinked textile production lines for ‘make on demand’ products – from design through to the finished and printed garment.
Many major textile institutions from across Europe, organizations will also be present at the show from North and South America, Asia and Australia. Adding to the vibrancy of the area will be a number of first-time participants, such as Fundació Eurecat, Leitat Technological Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University, Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil Vernetzt, Thomas Jefferson University, and Universidad De Buenos Aires’ Fadu, Cátedra Nirino Diseño Textil.
Within Europe, some key research trends in individual countries are notable, even as the European Union’s comprehensive research programs strive towards encouraging co-operative projects across borders.
In both France and Germany, for example, there is a strong emphasis on the further development of textile technologies for the composites industry, backed by major end-user organizations such as Airbus, as well as car brands such as BMW, Daimler, Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and Volkswagen.
Reinforcements for composites involve a wide range of technologies, which will be displayed at ITMA 2019, including weaving and knitting, as well as nonwovens manufacturing, embroidery and braiding.
One nerve center for developments in this area is RWTH Aachen University, where more than 20 university institutes focus on state-of-the-art production techniques and are cooperating with machinery makers, robotics companies and software developers to make manufacturing processes efficient enough to allow high-wage countries such as France and Germany to compete on a global level.
Another intriguing development from a German research institute is the Fibre Dynamics Simulation Tool (FIDYST), which makes it possible to simulate the movement of fibers in turbulent air currents for the first time. This was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics, another R&I Pavilion participant, and will have a very positive effect on the process planning of nonwoven manufacturers.