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Techtextil 2011 extends lead as innovation powerhouse

Techtextil is the world’s foremost marketing and sourcing podium for users and manufacturers of technical textiles and nonwovens with an infinite range of potential technological applications.

The trade fair was rounded off by an extensive conference programme showing the innovative strengths of the sectors taking part.

This leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, starteded on 24th May in Frankfurt and closed 26th May. About  24,500 visitors (2009: 23,902) visited the fair. Over half of the visitors to the show and its Material Vision cutting edge materials exposition are said to have come from outside of Germany, the world’s leader in technical textiles.On 25th May, Techtextil Brand Manager Michael Jänecke confirmed in words that visitor were more than the first day.

The ten leading exhibitor nations at Techtextil were Germany with 432 exhibitors, Italy with 110, France with 107, China with 67, Belgium with 52, United Kingdom with 46, Spain with 44, Switzerland with 38, Taiwan with 34 and the USA with 32 exhibitors.

The Techtextil exhibitors presented their products and services in eleven product groups spread over Halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.1 of the Messe Frankfurt Festhalle exhibition centre. Additionally, twelve areas of application from Agrotech to Sporttech described potential uses for the individual products. According to Messe Frankfurt, the leading areas of application were Indutech, Mobiltech, Buildtech, Hometech and Protech, followed by Clothtech and Medtech.

1Speakers presented the most up-to-date creation, material and hi-tech developments at this Techtextil and Avantex Symposiums and at two promotional areas, young and innovative German companies showed their products to an international audience of trade guests.

The ten Techtextil and Avantex Innovation Awards given this year accentuate the creativity and potential for innovation in the sector. Techtextil also promotes young people with a total of twelve student projects being honoured at the 11th ‘Textile Structures for New Building’ Student Competition, which is organised by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the TensiNet association.

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