Creativity meets high-tech – this summed up the atmosphere at this year’s Texprocess, the show for processing technologies for apparel, leather, upholstery and the automobile industry, which took place from 9 to 12 May. Major themes in the sector were digitalisation, micro-factories and sustainability.

For the first time, Texprocess demonstrated integrated garment production live with the Digital Textile Micro Factory. Organised by Texprocess in co-operation with the German Institutes for Textile und Fibre Research, Denkendorf, and renowned companies from the textile sector, the micro factory presented the complete production of garments, from design, via digital printing, to automatic cutting and making up.

A total of 312 exhibitors from 35 countries (compared with 273 from 33 countries in 2015) presented their latest developments for processing textile and flexible materials to 13,718 visitors from 109 nations (2015: 13,335 from 94 countries). With 14% more exhibitors, this was the biggest ever Texprocess.

The next Techtextil and Texprocess will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 14 to 17 May 2019.

“The innovative power of the textile-processing industry is impressive, said Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt. “At Texprocess, trade visitors can find high-performance machines and technologies for all stages of textile production, from computer-aided design to recycling. Here, trade visitors can discover how the increasing digitalisation level has boosted the degree of interaction between people and machines, and the level on which machines are linked to each other.”