Staff Correspondent
The global market of technical textiles is expected to grow to USD 175 billion in 2020, doubling from USD 93 billion in 2000, and the sector has experienced continuous growth in Europe during recent years.
Germany is the global market leader for technical textiles with annual sales of EUR 13 billion and the significance of technical textiles is increasing further.
This was revealed at a press conference at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka organised to announce the Techtextil &Texprocess Frankfurt in Germany during May 14 – 17, 2019.
Omer Salahuddin, CEO, Messe Frankfurt Bangladesh; Gunter Veit, Chairman, VDMA (Textile Machinery Association) Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies spoke about Texprocess and Techtextil at the press conference on Sunday.
Rummana Afroze, head of operation, Messe Frankfurt and Md Arifur Rahman, senior sales manager, Veit were present.
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s leading textile trade fair organiser and has over 150 events of which some fifty textiles only events are held across four continents. Last year, Messe Frankfurt in their textile department saw some 22,000 exhibitors and 520,000 trade visitors around the world. In the past two years, they have consistently expanded their Texpertise Network by acquiring new shows.
Techtextil covers “technical textile” and their applications such as geotextiles, medicial textile, safety and security wear, protective garments and sports clothes. A number of key visitors from Bangladesh have gone to this show to learn new techniques and innovations such as Giant Group, Metro Group, Nassa Group, Evince Group, Dekko Group, Islam Garments and others.
Faruque Hassan, vice president BGMEA was a visitor to the last show in 2017 and was impressed with the new technologies on display.In 2017 – 139 Bangladeshi visitors and in 2015 -113 Bangladeshi visitors attended both shows.
01 Exhibitor from Bangladesh was also present in 2017– Bang Jin who is now also exhibiting in Techtextil Russia
Special focus this year will be on Urban Living – According to the United Nations, by 2050, almost 70 per cent of all people will live in metropolises and megacities. This poses new challenges – housing, mobility concepts, food supply and healthcare provisions. This area will focus on how Technical textile can make our daily life easier, better and safer. Texprocess will be showing the whole range of textile-garment machinery from design, layout, cutting, making, trimming, digital textile printing, conditioning, finishing, textile logistics and textile recycling. Furthermore, micro-factories are the way forward for the future of clothing production and will be the main theme of Texprocess.
The industry is changing rapidly with both pressure from brands and consumers. Consumers will want in future to be able to order their own individual clothes and design via their phones direct from the factory. The brands and industry are also interested in closely monitoring their own production and cutting down on lead times as well as cost. More and more factories will need to be updated with the latest techniques if they want to remain competitive in the global industry. Production will shift not just based on cost but also on quality, lead times and innovations.

Both shows have more than 1750 exhibitors and 40,000 trade visitors which can see various machineries and new innovative techniques especially in cooperation with technical textile.

VDMA: VDMA which represents more than 3,200-member companies in the mechanical engineering industry in Germany and Europe. Within the VDMA, the Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies Trade Association supports manufacturers of sewing and garment technology, shoe and leather technology, laundry and dry-cleaning technology as well as manufacturers of machines for processing technical textiles. VDMA acts as a conceptual partner for Texprocess, the leading international trade fair for the processing of textile and flexible materials.

Mr. Gunter Veitis a frequent traveler to Bangladesh and is the Managing Director of Veit GmbH as well as Chairman of the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies.Veit has over 18 offices worldwide and have their own sales office in Bangladesh and make machines for ironing, fusing and pressing of garments and fabrics.