Message tags in textiles
11/03/2020

Message tags in textiles

Just about everybody has received them: many of us have positively hundreds of them in the wardrobe: tiny message tags, fixed inside items of clothing, carrying information on how to protect the textiles concerned. But how do they get there? And who decides on what they say? The connoisseur takes a look at them in [...] Read more...

Disruption with digital printing
06/02/2020

Disruption with digital printing

Experts are in agreement: digitalisation will turn the analogue industry upside down. The textile and fashion industry also needs to confront the digital transformation, as digital printing expert Joachim Rees warns. Mr Rees, in general terms: is Germany ignoring digitalisation at the moment? When new products are introduced on the German market, there’s an unwritten [...] Read more...

Things that melt in Switzerland
03/02/2020

Things that melt in Switzerland

There is something of a tradition of melting things in Switzerland: snow on the Alps turns to water, chocolate becomes chocolate fondue, cheese melts for raclette. The Swiss engineering firm Maschinenbau-AG Leister Technologies has continued the tradition – and is now getting industrial fabrics to melt with their Seamtek welding machines. As one year gives [...] Read more...

Sustainably wise
11/10/2019

Sustainably wise

There is the well-known saying: “It is easy to be wise after the event.” But one can also be wise in advance – sustainable, that is. This applies to several of the fashion labels, that can be found regularly at the Neonyt sustainability hub. They were wise enough to become sustainable, even before the introduction [...] Read more...

Green products Italian style
14/05/2019

Green products Italian style

From the use of renewable energy and production-process optimisation to new products and machines: tape specialists Framis Italia are taking extensive measures to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Making their third presentation at Texprocess, the Italian company is this year spotlighting their ecological approach along the entire process chain within the framework of [...] Read more...

“Our industry offers interesting apprenticeships in all fields”
02/05/2019

“Our industry offers interesting apprenticeships in all fields”

With the Jobwall of the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, Techtextil and Texprocess bring together qualified young people with companies from the textile sector. We spoke with Ingeborg Neumann, President of Germany’s textil+mode trade association, about how attractive the sector is for young people and about new career opportunities. What are the current issues with [...] Read more...

Blocking the escape of microfibres
10/04/2019

Blocking the escape of microfibres

Microplastics have become a huge social problem. Particles that are invisible to the human eye are now present in abundance in the world’s oceans. Textiles and clothing made from synthetic fibre are among the major causes of environmental pollution. They release microfibres during wet processing at the manufacturing stage, in use and when washed. The [...] Read more...

Architects of the Digital Textile Micro Factory
12/05/2017

Architects of the Digital Textile Micro Factory

“Here, we now have flexible processing technology with well-wired multifarious partner landscapes”, says Christian Kaiser describing the smart factory. However, pre-defined interfaces and a good plan are necessary until something like this can work. Kaiser is a research assistant at the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf and has fully interlinked the Micro [...] Read more...

Inspired by nature
01/11/2016

Inspired by nature

Water and dirt repellent garments are often criticised on the grounds of sustainability. Outdoor clothing especially often still derives its functionality from per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). An interdisciplinary research product undertaken by German textile research institutes addresses this specific issue and takes its inspiration from fungi. Whether you are hiking, cycling or on the [...] Read more...

Personalisation as a business model

There are, says Holger Max Lang from Lectra, in his lecture for the Texprocess Forum, several trends that will determine our future. The more than two billion millennials on Earth will make their impact felt. The use of social media has been with them from the cradle onwards, so to speak, and has turned them ... Read more...

Smart pillows and luxury car seats

What have smart pillows and car seats for luxury limousines got in common? At first sight, not a lot! At Texprocess there were demonstrations of how they can be manufactured not only as prototypes, but also as mass-produced items that are nevertheless individually customised, on a fully operational production line – or rather in a ... Read more...

Strickschuhe

Knitted in 12 minutes

Fast sports shoes! Designed on computer in five and a half minutes, knitted in twelve minutes. How this works is demonstrated by machine-manufacturer Stoll (Reutlingen) and the German Institutes of Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF) in the Digital Textile Micro Factory at Techtextil and Texprocess. Kirsten Rein Read more...

The four elements

Students at the Lower Rhine Polytechnic (Hochschule Niederrhein) needed to come up with some ideas. Epson’s commission ran: “To develop new production models – From digital print to assembly”. The ideas which these young people produced can be seen on the exhibition stand. Following print, cut and welding, a mini-collection has been produced, but a ... Read more...

Urban Living

When uniforms become motorcycles

It won’t be long before almost 70 percent of humanity lives in the world’s metropolises and mega-cities. At least, that is what the United Nations predict. And, as a result, expectations for homes, travel, transport and health will all change. Whilst thoughts of flying taxis appear exciting and futuristic, many changes are taking place, it ... Read more...

Assyst

Frankfurt und Hong Kong at one table

Hong Kong and Frankfurt as direct neighbours? With 3D as key digitalisation technology from the start, it’s possible! That will not only speed up the development process in the fashion industry, but also bring a completely new shopping experience for the customers. And in this sense Hong Kong is going to move very closely to ... Read more...