They keep everything together that we show at Heimtextil. And they do much more. Fibres and yarns are developing dynamically – showing a significant increase in the number exhibitors at Heimtextil 2013. The range of products runs the gamut from traditional materials to high-tech fibres for highly specialised applications. More than 30 fibre and yarn producers from 15 different countries have registered for the trade fair, including renowned providers from Germany – such as Advansa, Dralon, Gütermann, Outlast Europe and Trevira – as well as numerous international fibre producers, such as Austria’s Lenzingor and Reliance Industries from India.
“Heimtextil offers companies in this segment a sales and trade platform that is unrivalled around the globe,” explains Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. “Here fibre, yarn and thread manufacturers meet directly with users in the home textile sector.” Robust fibres for sun protection textiles and awnings are every bit as in demand as raw materials for manufacturing curtains, upholstery and decorative fabrics, carpeting and bath, bed and table textiles. New smart fibre functionalities that promise greater durability, UV resistance, fire protection or anti-allergy properties are of particular interest.
Gütermann believes in trade fair concept
For the first time, German company Gütermann will be joining Heimtextil to present a selection of yarns and threads for the “sun” product group in Hall 5.1. “With our production sites located in Germany, our yarns and fibres reach POS faster than goods from China or other countries overseas. In addition to our tremendous material expertise, that is a major advantage that we want to communicate to our customers,” states Petra Grathwohl, Global Marketing Director Industry at Gütermann. “When I went to Heimtextil in January 2012 and saw the number of visitors, the decision was obvious: Gütermann will be able to effectively showcase its expertise at this trade fair. The potential in terms of high-quality visitors and other exhibitors is definitely there and the trade fair concept was something we could stand behind.” The company based in the Black Forest has been manufacturing sewing threads for every imaginable application since 1864, including menswear and boys’ apparel, women’s outerwear, shoes, leather, furniture and home textiles, such as sun protection systems and awnings. The fibres can also be used in the technical textile segment – whether in aviation and aerospace technology or the automotive industry, where they hold together airbags or upholstery in car interiors.
Trevira: market leader for flame-resistant fabrics
For Trevira, one the world’s most renowned specialist fibre manufacturers, home textile fibres are its most important business segment, ranging from curtains and decorative fabrics to upholstery and carpeting fibres. This division accounts for roughly one quarter of Trevira’s sales. The flame-resistant Trevira CS fabric collections for home textiles make Trevira a market leader in this segment. Flame-retardant fibres and yarns offer a wealth of different choices, from fine and smooth monofilaments for taffeta to heavy textured yarns for upholstery or antimicrobial staple fibres. With Trevira Fill for bedware or Trevira CS Bioactive for contract textiles, the company headquartered in Bobingen offers other innovative brand-name products for textile interiors. At Heimtextil, Trevira will be presenting its current range of product innovations in the foyer of Hall 3.C.
Outlast: temperature regulation with smart fibres
Outlast Technologies, the market leader in temperature-regulating phase change materials (PCM), is presenting its new PCM filling material for bedware. Its PCM polyester fibre is the first of its kind in the world. “We are proud of this new development, which provides for optimum thermal comfort and exceptional performance,” explains Martin Bentz, Managing Director of Outlast Europe. “Our PCM polyester fibre can now be used as a fill for duvets, pillows or sleeping bags to help actively balance temperature and significantly reduce moisture during sleep.” An important part of this is that the new PCM fills proactively optimise the bed climate, quite unlike other technologies that are solely designed to wick away moisture. The Outlast technology was originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts from temperature fluctuations. Outlast is the market leader in temperature-regulating phase change materials (PCM) and works with more than 300 brands in the bedware, apparel and shoe segments. At Heimtextil, Outlast Europe will present its innovations in Hall 8.0, next to bedding and bedware.
Lenzing: core expertise in cellulose fibres
The Lenzing Group is a leading provider in many B2B markets. Its product range spans fibre pulp, cellulose standard and special fibres, high-quality synthetic polymer products and engineering services. With more than 6,500 employees worldwide, the Lenzing Group provided the global textile and non-wovens industry with more than 700,000 tonnes of industrially manufactured man-made cellulose fibres last year. These fibres are industrially manufactured from wood, a natural raw material containing roughly 40 percent cellulose. The natural origin of this fibre is also the source of its absorbing capacity and exceptional ability to manage moisture. At the same time, the industrial production method ensures purity and consistent qualities. The company has a 70-year track record in fibre production and is the only manufacturer worldwide that can offer all three generations of man-made cellulose fibres – from traditional viscose to modal and Lyocell fibres – under one roof and on a large industrial scale. In January, Lenzing will showcase its new range of fibres in Hall 8.0 at Heimtextil.