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Performance Days 2024 Spring Fair sets new records

Performance Days 2024 Spring


The recently concluded Performance Days Spring Fair 2024 was a resounding success, exceeding expectations and solidifying its position as a leading industry event. Held on March 20th and 21st at the Munich Trade Fair Center, the fair attracted a record-breaking number of participants, with over 3,000 trade visitors and nearly 440 exhibitors from across the globe.

This year's fair served as a platform for the sports and fashion industry to explore upcoming trends for the S/S 2026 season. Visitors gained insights into innovative materials and fiber developments, fostered new collaborations, and exchanged ideas that will shape the future of textile design.

A wealth of information platforms

Performance Days offered a diverse range of information platforms catering to the industry's needs. The Trend Forum, featuring the highly anticipated "Beyond Bottles - the Future of Polyester" Focus Topic, attracted significant interest. Additionally, the newly integrated Footwear Area, complete with a dedicated forum, provided a space for footwear-specific discussions.

Other highlights included the Innovation Area showcasing cutting-edge developments, the program of insightful Expert Talks, and the Sustainability Lounge. The Media Lounge and the new Reality Zone offered additional opportunities for learning and networking. The Reality Zone, in collaboration with Accelerating Circularity, focused on solutions for a circular textile supply chain. The Italian Bar served as a central meeting point, fostering connections and industry get-togethers.

Record attendance and industry recognition

Marco Weichert, CEO of Performance Days, expressed his delight at the fair's success. The record attendance is a testament to the event's significance for the textile industry. Weichert emphasized Performance Day’s role in driving innovation and shaping the future of textile design.

The diversity of participants, including designers, buyers, manufacturers, and experts, contributed to a vibrant exchange of ideas and expertise. This collaborative environment is crucial for advancing the industry.

New Platforms: Reality zone and technology hub

Performance Days continues to evolve beyond a traditional material fair, establishing itself as a comprehensive information platform. Two new platforms debuted at the Spring Fair and are slated to continue at the upcoming autumn event.

The Reality Zone introduced a workshop format, collaborating with Accelerating Circularity to explore solutions for a circular textile supply chain. The workshops connected polyester recyclers with fabric producers, fostering collaboration and promoting the use of recycled materials.

The Technology Hub, another exciting addition, addressed the growing trend of digitalization. Companies showcased solutions for digitalization processes within the textile industry. This platform provided a space for discussing and exploring innovative technologies that support sustainable practices.

Expert talks, sustainability lounge spark engagement

The Expert Talks program, featuring presentations, panel discussions, and Pecha Kuchas, remained a popular attraction. Kim Scholze, CSO at Sympatex, stepped in as moderator, leading insightful discussions on various topics. These included current trends in the Trend Forum, the future of color palettes, and achieving sustainability within the footwear industry.

The Sustainability Lounge, focusing on learning, participation, exchange, and networking, was equally well-received. Organizer Anna Rodewald highlighted the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing for achieving sustainability goals within the industry.

Looking ahead

The next Performance Days fair is scheduled for October 23rd and 24th, 2024, at the Munich Trade Fair Center. The Performance Days platform, including the Marketplace and inspiring Material Stories themes, will continue to be a valuable resource for the industry throughout the year.



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