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Form and functionality

Textiles are proven multitalented performers with new functions constantly being developed and existing ones perfected. Today's highly functional textiles offer us a touch more quality of life. They allow our transportation to become lighter, they add strength to concrete walls, they regulate our body temperature and they protect our plants from weeds. The textile fairs of Messe Frankfurt offer innovative platforms for these and other material technologies and trends. Progress can be experienced here at first hand.

The functionality of textiles plays an important role not just in the area of technical textiles, but also for contract textiles and apparel. Our trade fairs therefore focus on all aspects of this exciting area.


Presentation of new functional products

"Innotex Space" – Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics offers a dedicated area for innovations from Chinese textile research and industry.

"Avantex" – This new platform in Paris is dedicated to innovative textiles and high-tech for the fashion industry.

"Function and sportswear" – functional sports textiles will be presented in the "Casual View" product group at Texworld in Paris.

"Fibres and yarns" – well-known exhibitors showcase their intelligent fibres, yarns and threads in the home textile segment.

"IT@Texprocess" – highly functional textiles require ever better IT systems for production, sales and distribution. The special "IT@Texprocess" area at Texprocess shows the best IT solutions for the clothing industry.

"Functional Lab" – functional fabrics for outdoor wear, sportswear and intimate wear will be presented at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.

Awards for advanced ideas

Techtextil Innovation Award – at Techtextil new textile ideas and products that drive the technical textile sector forward are celebrated by the Techtextil Innovation Award.

Initiatives for resource-efficient production

Blue Competence – this sustainability initiative in the mechanical engineering sector was developed by the VDMA (Federation of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers). Companies present their energy-efficient and cost-efficient innovations at Techtextil and Texprocess.