Heimtextil is continuing to grow. Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt: “With 2,658 exhibitors from 62 countries, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles is marking its third consecutive year of growth (2011: 2,572; 2012: 2,601) . We are delighted with this outstanding line-up – Heimtextil features not only the top players from the industry worldwide, but also an incomparable range of products.” From 9 to 12 January 2013, this global flagship fair in Frankfurt am Main will be welcoming the world’s leading brand manufacturers from Germany and abroad.
In spite of widely varying sales trends across the EU last year, Europe’s leading providers are united in their increasing reliance on Heimtextil for launching their new products. Heimtextil has registered significant increases from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Turkey in particular. At 338, the number of exhibitors from Germany has held steady (2012: 3321). Along with Germany, the top exhibitor nations are China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Spain, the UK, France and Portugal. 87 percent of exhibitors are coming from outside Germany, as was already the case at last year’s event.
Incredible range of products and extravagant designs
New and returning exhibitors from the UK, Belgium and Italy in particular can be found in the curtains, furniture fabrics and decorative fabrics segments in Halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.1, where bookings have been particularly strong. Hall 3.1 will feature an array of exciting designs from the wallpaper segment, which is continuing to boom, while Hall 4.2 has drawn a tremendous response from international studios under its new name, “Design live”. Some 200 exhibitors will be presenting their creative designs here, making “Design live” the world’s largest platform for textile design. Hall 5.1 boasts the event’s most extensive presentation of privacy and sun protection in recent years, with leading manufacturers showcasing their latest developments.
Hall 8 also features an outstanding line-up. Here, a range of prominent exhibitors will be showing off their mattresses, bed linens, bedware and bathroom textiles. In the “Sleep Factory”, which is also located in Hall 8, a series of international bedware and mattress manufacturers will be presenting their innovative products. New ideas and inspirations from the household textile field will be on display at “New&Next”, where ten outstanding young companies are unveiling their collections and newest products in Halls 8, 9 and 11. In the premium segment, prestigious companies will be showing the trade fair public just what high-quality products in the area of bath, bed and table design will be in demand in the new season. Numerous well-known fashion labels will also be presenting their trendsetting home collections.
Smart fibres and yarns are booming
More than 30 producers of fibres and yarns from 15 countries will be exhibiting at Heimtextil. This is a significant increase for this sector, and they will be featuring a host of new innovations. Of particular interest – especially for applications in contract furnishing – are the new fibre characteristics, including improved longevity, UV resistance, fire protection, climate control and non-allergenic properties.