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The Rupp Report: The Right Information From The Right Source

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

The global textile industry is more linked together than ever before. Decades ago, each sector of the industry - such as spinning, weaving finishing, and, of course, garment manufacturing - comprised single production sites.

This way of manufacturing is past. Trial and error are gone, forever. Zero defect is the key issue. Consequently, all stages upstream and downstream must know what's going with the yarns, fabrics and the rest of the supply chain. More information than ever is needed.

For decades, it's been common sense that knitters are 100-percent verticalized. They do the whole production process, from spinning to garment manufacturing. But today, the other textile production sectors are doing the same. The trend is more and more to total verticalization. Everybody wants to keep the added value in-house. This is especially the case for technical textiles.

Value-Added Production
As mentioned in a previous Rupp Report, IMB 2009 took place in Cologne, Germany, April 21-24. Up to now, IMB has been the world's number-one show and the most important trade fair for processing all kinds of fabrics, including technical textiles. And this year, one-third of all exhibitors were emphasizing their machinery and equipment for technical textiles. And just like the knitters, the manufacturers of products made of industrial fabrics are keeping their production secrets and are totally verticalized.

The Right Information Tools Are Needed
Some IMB exhibitors mentioned that they need much more information than simply what is in fashion. They need to know the technology and the production processes of the previous stages. To be successful in competitive markets, it is of utmost importance to get the right information about all processed materials from one source, competent and condensed and short. This policy is the philosophy of Textile World and its sister magazines Textiles Panamericanos and Textile World Asia .

VDMA And Techtextil Team Up

The confirmation for this trend towards more verticalization came promptly a few days after the conclusion of IMB. The Garment and Leather Technology Association of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) announced they will withdraw their participation at the next IMB and join a new show in Frankfurt called Texprocess, organized by Messe Frankfurt to run in parallel with Techtextil. One may argue about the ideal name for such a show. However, this exhibition will focus in one single place on technology in apparel manufacturing, but also on products made with technical textiles. With the increasing importance of technical textiles, the conclusion is rather clear: One source of information for a market, which becomes even more verticalized and global.

Strong Partners
Two strong partners are bundling their power to create a new strong place for providing information from one single source in Frankfurt. Both organizations, Messe Frankfurt and the VDMA, were aware of the problems of having two separate shows, one in Cologne, and one in Frankfurt: The visitors don't want to waste their time to get the right information.

Visit www.TextileWorld.com for one information source for all textile markets.

May 5, 2009