One of the most important conventions for the European technical textile industry took place recently in Stuttgart. The Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf-International Textile Conference brought together 600 professionals from 28 countries across four continents from the textile, textile machinery and various user-industries. Economics and research experts reported on research results and marketable textile innovations in areas including high performance fibres, fibre composites and medical textiles.
Baden-Wurttemberg's Minister of Economic Affairs explained, "Our textile companies are no longer seen merely as consumer product manufacturers, but as suppliers of high-tech materials and products. In the automotive, engineering and medical technology industries, as well as in the construction industry, technical textiles are often the key to new concepts and products. That is why the innovative power of the textile industry is of extraordinary importance to our local economy."
This conference is held annually at one of the three locations. Together with this year's partner country USA, this year’s conference was showcased trend-setting developments and innovations in textile technology. The focus was on, among other things, additive manufacturing methods such as 3D textile printing and smart textiles which are currently being brought to the mainstream by IT companies from the USA as ‘intelligent problem solvers’.
Entrepreneurs from the textile and textile-machinery industries explained current developments, products and processes, notably the future fields of mobility and health. Various German textile research institutes showcased their know-how on these and several other ‘trend-fields’ under the For schungskuratorium Textile.V. (registered association) with the motto ‘From Idea to Practice", a transfer session presented ‘successful, publicly-funded collaborative programs, where products and processes were jointly developed by scientists and industry representatives and successfully implemented in the industry.