Cutting-edge technologies for laundries, dry cleaners and textile-service providers
Focus on sustainability – from energy to resource efficiency
Energy and recourse efficiency are key factors in the professional textile-care sector. According to the Hohenstein Institute, energy consumption in Germany has fallen by 50 percent over the last 20 years. In the case of water consumption, the drop is even greater – from 25 to 3 litres. Sustainable and efficient technology, plant and processes for dry cleaners, laundries and textile-service providers will be on show at Texcare International in Frankfurt am Main from 5 to 9 May 2012. A total of 264 manufacturers from 26 countries (2008: 261 from 23 countries), 65 percent from outside Germany, will be making presentations at the World Market for Textile Care. The top exhibitor nations after Germany are Italy, the USA, Belgium, The Netherlands and Great Britain. Texcare International will be held in Hall 8 and the adjoining ‘Galleria’.
Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt, says, “The mood in the sector is very good. Hall 8 is fully booked up. All international market leaders have registered and will present their cutting-edge technologies in Frankfurt. They expect the world’s leading trade fair for their sector to generate powerful business impulses.”
The main theme of Texcare International 2012 is sustainability and the machinery and plant construction industry will present resource and energy-efficient solutions designed to make companies more ecologically and economically competitive in the future. This is underscored by the BLUECOMPETENCE initiative of the Federation of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau – VDMA), which is supported by several renowned machinery manufacturers. The initiative spotlights sustainable machines and systems that are in line with economic, ecological and social demands. Elgar Straub, Director of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology, says, “With our new BLUECOMPETENCE initiative, we aim to show that sustainability is not just a buzzword. On the contrary, technology is the key to resource conservation. For our sector, Texcare International is the ideal platform for future-oriented presentations.”
Detergent producers focus on highly-concentrated products, most of which do without fillers and contain ecologically neutral substances. The presentations of textile and workwear manufacturers also spotlight the subject of sustainability whereby the use of eco-textiles and traceability play key roles.
Other important subjects at Texcare International include increasing automation, process optimisation and integration and improved machine utilisation. RFID technology is gaining ground rapidly in the laundry segment and will be one of the main trend themes at Texcare International. For manufacturers of multi-functional and protective clothing, the emphasis is on new materials, especially with regard to the hygiene requirements of hospitals and care facilities. The latest colour, form and function trends in the workwear sector is the subject of a fashion show in the Galleria. Entitled ‘The future world of workwear today’, it will be held at 13.15 and 16.15 hrs on Sunday, 6 May, and Monday, 7 May. The show is being organised by the German Dry Cleaning Association (Deutscher Textil¬reinigungsverband – DTV) and Association of the Textile Service Industry (Industrieverband Textil Service – intex) in cooperation with Messe Frankfurt.
In addition to the exhibitor presentations, Texcare International will also be distinguished by high-grade lectures on subjects of topical interest to the sector at the Texcare Forum. This international conference will be held in Rooms ‘Symmetrie’ 2 and 3 from 14.00 to 16.00 hrs from 5 to 8 May. Admission is free of charge for exhibitors and visitors of Texcare International. Intex and DTV have compiled the programme in agreement with Messe Frankfurt.
For the first time, Texcare Forum is split into themed days. To be chaired by Peter Wennekes von CINET (International Committee of Textile Care), the Future Day on 5 May will illuminate aspects such as efficient marketing and innovative business concepts and inquire into how textile service providers can best face up to tomorrow’s challenges. The Innovation Day, on 6 May, will be chaired by Elgar Straub of VDMA Garment and Leather Technology and focus on technology and practice, antimicrobial textiles and control mechanism. How energy efficiency and sustainability in the textile care sector can be increased is the subject of the Sustainable Day on 7 May, which will be chaired by Dr Volker Schmid of the DTV and Klaus Jahn of intex. The Market Day on 8 May will be chaired by Robert Long of the European Textile Services Association (ETSA). The current programme of Texcare Forum can be found on the internet at www.texcare.com.
The complementary programme of Texcare International will be rounded off by the Russian Day with interesting information on the Russian market from 16.00 to 18.00 hrs on 6 May and the presentation of the Golden Clothes Hanger by 'Wäscherei- und Reinigungspraxis' magazine at 17.00 hrs on 6 May.
Further information about Texcare International can be found at www.texcare.com.
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