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Heimtextil Summer Special Edition Exceeds Expectations

Heimtextil reports successful one-time summer show; announces annual winter event will take place from January 10 to 13, 2023.

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Heimtextil’s lectures and tours under the label, Interior.Architecture.Hospitality, were popular high-grade events for the contract business. Photo credit: Messe Frankfurt
FRANKFURT, Germany – In place of the regular Heimtextil in January, which was cancelled for 2022 due to the pandemic, the international trade fair was held this year from June 21-24 as a one-time Summer Special alongsideTechtextil & Texprocess at the request of the industry.

Despite ongoing travel restrictions, all three trade shows maintained their pre-pandemic level of internationality in terms of both exhibitors and visitors. With a total of 117 participating nations, around 63,000 visitors and 2300 exhibitors, a successful re-launch of the international textile fairs at the Frankfurt exhibition center was achieved.

Across all three events - Techtextil, Texprocess and the one-time Heimtextil Summer Special - Italy, France, Turkey, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Pakistan and the USA formed the top visitor nations. On all three business platforms, in addition to brisk order activity and high visitor quality and satisfaction, the concentrated positive energy of personal global encounters was particularly noticeable.

Wholesalers from Europe and overseas found first-class contactsat Heimtetil, where it became clear the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles has already succeeded in returning to the international stage, although with a smaller summer range.

Show officials noted that visitors were delighted to finally experience and order home and household textiles in person again - from contract, decorative and upholstery fabrics to functional textiles and end products for textile furnishings, textile design and bedding.

"This was our first Heimtextil and we are very satisfied. In 2023, we would like to double our stand area. We had many new contacts, especially international, from France and Arab countries, but also from Germany. Only the German specialized trade was missing. Actually, I was an opponent of the one-time June date, but I am pleasantly surprised. We even had many business deals during the fair," says Rüdiger Speicher, sales manager at TeppicheLaleeoHG.

Turkish exhibitor BarineTekstil was also satisfied and is already planning for the next Heimtextil, which will then fall on the original January date again. "Even though it was not crowded, we had many new contacts in the first three days. We are satisfied and will be back in January 2023," said Gamze Karakaya, sales manager at BarineTekstil.
Sustainability as a clear focus of Heimtextil
The Heimtextil Summer Special was trendsetting with its clear focus on sustainability. A wide range of products - from fibers made from PET bottles and fair-trade natural materials to textile products with QR codes for tracking the entire production process - enabled visitors to experience the megatrend of sustainability in its entirety. Linen in combination with other natural fibers such as hemp and wool as well as bed linen made of cotton coated with cork were also part of the green global product portfolio. In this context, the daily Green Tours with insights into recyclable textiles were also well received.

Fresh impulses were provided by the Heimtextil Trends for the industry. The Trend Space put the spotlight on unusual approaches to avoiding waste and economic imbalances. Other crowd-pleasers were the Green Village with reliable certificates as well as the Heimtextil Conference "Sleep & More" on the mega-topic of sleep and the sustainable hotel industry, and as well the range of lectures and guided tours as part of Interior.Architecture.Hospitality.

The next Heimtextil will take place from January 10 to 13, 2023. The next Techtextil and Texprocess will be held from April 23 to 26, 2024.
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