The Rupp Report: Underestimated Laundering
Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor
We live in a world of textiles, fibers, spinning, weaving, knitting and finishing, sometimes even
garment manufacturing. But who cares about laundering these garments? Every piece of apparel must
be washed or possibly dry-cleaned. That’s why the finishing industry pays great attention to all
kinds of fastness issues. However, textile care is in most cases not an issue of the traditional
textile industry, though it should be — even more so in the globalized world. Corporate apparel is
one area. Staff from big international companies, retailers and garage industries, for example, are
dressed in corporate apparel. In many cases, these garments are leased in a full-service package,
and industrial laundering and drying is a tough business. The fabrics undergo heavy-duty
Texcare International 2008, the “World Market for Modern Textile Care” will be held in Frankfurt May 31-June 4, 2008. The event is the biggest international meeting place for the laundry and dry-cleaning sector. The organizers expect more than 200 exhibitors, including all international market leaders, and some 13,000 international trade visitors. Under the motto “ Challenges in the Global Textile Care and Service Market,” the Texcare Forum at Texcare International will focus on future-oriented topics, such as modern management, successful marketing, international market developments, sustainable environmental protection, new technologies and detergents.
Under the auspices of CINET, International Committee for Textile Care, Messe Frankfurt is organizing the Texcare Forum in cooperation with related German associations. The conference languages are English and German. On May 31, the emphasis will be on marketing, management and service. The second day, experts from the sector will discuss cleaning technologies, such as wet cleaning and carbon dioxide cleaning, as well as provide an overview of the latest developments in the field of dry-cleaning machinery and look at new finishing technology. Another issue will be dry-cleaning methods for modern functional textiles.
On June 2, the focus of the forum will shift to environmental protection and modern technology in laundries and textile-leasing companies, with particular weight being given to the need for international regulations, sustainable solutions, modern machines, new care labels, energy efficiency and hygiene. On June 3, the forum will focus on textile service markets, with lectures by experts on market developments and perspectives for the future. In this arena, particular attention will be paid to the demands on textile-service companies working in the hotel and hospital sectors.
The Texcare Forum also will show the differences existing in terms of textile care in various countries and what impact the globalization will have over the coming years. Experts predict that much will change in the coming years. Many growth markets — such as China, Eastern Europe and South America — are catching up rapidly.
More information is available at www.texcare.com.
May 27, 2008