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Techtextil Congress programme bigger than even before

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- Congresses spotlighting the growing number of applications for technical textiles and natural fibres
- International special shows with innovations, individual ideas and topical concepts

Techtextil, which opens its doors at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre from 16 to 18 June 2009, will be distinguished not only by growth in the number of exhibitors but also by an even more multi-faceted complementary programme. "With only a few days to go before the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens opens its doors, we are proud to announce that at least seven percent more exhibitors than ever before will be taking part in this year's fair", said Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt GmbH. He added, "Additionally, we are pleased to offer our exhibitors and visitors an even more extensive complementary programme which will focus on international subjects, new impulses and ideas for the sector and an increase in the spectrum of technical applications using natural fibres".

Thus, to mark the UN International Year of Natural Fibres, Messe Frankfurt has organised the Natural Fibres Congress, which will be held on 17 and 18 June parallel to Techtextil. Moreover, the Inter-national Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) will hold a congress entitled 'Wool - Smart, Natural, Technical!' from 15 to 18 June.

Natural Fibres Congress opens up new horizons

At the end of 2006, the UN General Assembly declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Natural Fibres Year will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by helping to increase the efficiency and sus-tainability agricultural segments that employ millions of people in the poorest regions of the world. The International Year of Natural Fibres will increase awareness and, therefore, the demand for natural-fibre products.

The aim of the Congress is to associate natural fibres more closely in the minds of trade visitors with technical applications and to demon-strate their suitability for technical applications. Accordingly, the focus of the congress will be on the functionality of natural fibres and new insights into their innovative use in, for example, the mobility and construction fields.

Thus, the Innovative Functions block on the afternoon of 17 June, which will be chaired by John Mowbray of Ecotextile News, Great Britain, will review and define areas of application for natural fibres. During the morning of 18 June, Professor Thomas Gries of the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University, will head a discussion on Mobility: Natural Fibres in Automobiles, especially the important role already being played by technical textiles in the automotive sector in terms of lightweight construction, safety, insula-tion and comfort. Although natural fibres are employed in a number of fields, their potential is by no means exhausted. The lecture block will open up new horizons and generate impulses for new developments. The last block of the Natural Fibres Congress on the afternoon of 18 June will spotlight Construction: Natural Fibres in Architecture and Building. To be chaired by Professor Carl A. Lawrence of the University of Leeds, Great Britain, this lecture block will discuss the use of natural fibres in the construction sector. Increasing attention is being paid to natural fibres in this age of growing ecological awareness with its emphasis on sustainability, resource conservation and building energy balances.

The Congress is supported by important associations, such as the Bremen Cotton Exchange (Bremer Baumwollbörse), the German Linen Federation (Gesamtverband Leinen e.V.), the Association of the Yarns, Woven Fabrics and Technical Textiles Industry (Industrieverband Garne - Gewebe - Technische Textilien e.V. - IVGT), the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Switzerland, and the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO), Belgium.

78th IWTO Congress at the Congress Centre Messe Frankfurt

From 15 to 18 June 2009, i.e., beginning a day before Techtextil, this year's IWTO Congress will focus primarily on the use of wool for technical applications in the mobility, architecture and function fields.

On Monday, 15 June, the spotlight will be on trading instruments. In the afternoon, the Commercial Technology Forum will present technical innovations followed by an event for wool producers, dealers, spinners and weavers to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, as well as a forum for environmental and animal protection. On Tuesday, 16 June, and Wednesday, 17 June, the forums will revolve around the subject of 'Marketing and Markets' and include, for example, discussions of an analysis of existing and emerging markets and of methods of marketing home textiles, technical textiles and garments. On the occasion of the International Year of Natural Fibres, the last day of the Congress is integrated into the International Natural Fibres Congress.

International special shows to round off the programme

The Techtextil complementary programme also includes a variety of international special shows, such as SmartTextiles, on a special area in Hall 3.1 (Stand B10). SmartTextiles presents innovative technologies for textiles and garments from the Clothtech, Medtech, Protech and Sporttech segments. The SmartTextile Community is an association of companies in the textile chain that want to speed up the introduction of new textile functions onto the market.

Portugal will present den 'Nautik' showcase in Hall 4.1 (Stand B71). Here, representatives of the Portuguese technical textiles industry will show nautical applications, such as ropes, sails, garments and emergency and diving systems.

Also in Hall 4.1 (Stand C12), congress participants will find a special communication platform, the Natural Fibres Lounge.
The Formfinder special show in Hall 3.1 (Stand J71) is being organised by the 'Leichtbaukunst' planning company. The concept of the stand conveys information and expertise in the form of a lecture and discussion forum, and is aimed at architects, designers, engineers and companies involved with the interdisciplinary application, materiality and planning of textile constructions. The expert lectures will focus on specific aspects and features of building with textiles.

The 'Leichtbaukunst' company is also organising the 'Pulsar' cloth installation in Hall 3.1 (Stand J88). The aim of the installation is to give visitors an appealing and artistically designed area where they can sort out and review the impressions gained at the fair. The 'Pulsar' installation is supplemented by two innovative seating groups and lighting objects created by Lars Meess-Olsohn and Jens J. Meyer. Thanks to the white textiles used, the installation has a brilliant impact on the entire exhibition hall.

Further information, including the detailed programme of congresses and symposiums to be held at Techtextil can be found on the internet at:

Techtextil 2009:

Techtextil will open its doors from 09.00 to 18.00 hrs from 16 to 17 June 2009 and from 09.00 to 17.00 hrs on 18 June 2009.

Admission prices

Day ticket (Online ticket / in advance) € 20
Day ticket (Box office) € 30
Day ticket, reduced (Box office only) € 17

Season ticket (Online ticket / in advance) € 35
Season ticket (Box office) € 55

Techtextil admission tickets also entitle the holder to visit Material Vision. All admission tickets purchased in advance include free travel to and from the fair using local public-transport services operated by the RMV public-transport authority. Tickets purchased at the box office are only valid for the return journey from the fair.

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

With annual revenues of € 436 million (November 2008) and over 1,400 employees around the world, Messe Frankfurt is Germany's biggest fair and exhibition company. The corporate group has a global network of 29 subsidiaries, five branch offices and 48 international sales partners, which represent Messe Frankfurt in over 150 countries of the world. Events 'made by Messe Frankfurt' are held at over 30 venues worldwide. In 2008, the Messe Frankfurt group organised over 100 fairs, more than half of them outside Germany.

At present, the Exhibition Centre can boast 322,000 square metres of exhibition space with nine exhibition halls and a congress centre. The company is publicly owned with 60 percent being held by the City of Frankfurt and 40 by the State of Hesse.

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