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The Rupp Report

The Rupp Report: More Good News From Techtextil

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

Three weeks ago, the Rupp Report asked -- with a big question mark -- if there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This was mentioned because the statistics of the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) said that shipping has grown, mainly imports and exports from China. Last week, it was reported that the International Textile Machinery (ITM) Exhibition in Istanbul showed some true signs of recovery (See "Signs Of Recovery," www.TextileWorld.com, June 16, 2009). It was also mentioned that the forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt could extend this positive trend. And it did so.

Record Figures
Techtextil, the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens, confirmed its position as the leading global event and information source for this sector of the textile industry, and the unlimited possibilities for these products. The 13th edition of the show took place in Frankfurt, Germany from June 16-18, 2009. It closed its doors with new record figures for exhibitors and visitors with 1,201 exhibitors from 43 countries and 23,300 visitors from 85 countries. In 2007, the show welcomed 22, 876 visitors, and in today's world of financial turmoil, even a slight increase is remarkable. The degree of international visitors was on at a 52-percent level. Most visitors came from Western Europe, Turkey and the USA, but also a lot of visitors came from Southeast Asia. And China was mainly in the focus.

China Is Back On Track
China's comeback was confirmed in an exclusive survey by Textile World at the end of the show with some 12 to 15 exhibitors. China was mentioned by all companies to be the top country, showing an upswing in its textile industry in general and for industrial applications in particular. This is mainly the case for domestic products; however, according to the people interviewed, the export situation is also showing positive evidence.

All the companies interviewed in the survey were satisfied with the show. The attendance and the quality of the visitors -- said to be mostly decision makers -- were considered to be good.

Too Much Traffic Alongside The Show
However, many people questioned the fact that there were too many official presentations and events during the show from different organizations. It was argued that either the lecturers or the show suffered from the other activities. And, this is in contradiction to the trend around the world of too many exhibitions. Some people even asked for one more day for the show.

R&D Is Very Important
The fact is Techtextil is the number one show for industrial applications, and in spite of the financial problems, six innovations were selected for the Techtextil and Avantex Innovation awards. These awards highlight the outstanding importance of research and development (R&D) and innovations for the technical textiles sector. According to the organizers, the goal of the awards is "to promote unconventional thinking and to intensify the dialogue between research, manufacturers and users." One of the four Techtextil Innovation Awards was given for a new material, one for a new product and two for new processes. The two Avantex awards distinguished a new product and innovative apparel.

You're Saying
The publication of the Rupp Report mentioning the BDI for the first time, (see "A Light At The End Of The Tunnel?" www. TextileWorld.com, May 26, 2009), activated lively feedback from readers with more questions about the Baltic Dry Index and the positive signs in the markets. China is another proof of the pudding for the BDI's crystal ball potential. For any further question or remark, please write to jrupp@textileworld.com. We'll be glad to answer your questions.

June 23, 2009