FRANKFURT — August 4, 2015 — Heimtextil, the world’s biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, is currently experiencing a great demand in the field of decorative and furniture fabrics. Thus, the ‘window’ and ‘upholstery’ segments will be expanded significantly at the next Heimtextil from 12 to 15 January 2016 and occupy a large area in Hall 4.0 in addition to Halls 3.0 and 4.1.
“Last year, several renowned manufacturers of decorative and furniture fabrics said they would like to exhibit again. Unfortunately, we could not accommodate them at that time due to insufficient room”, explains Heimtextil Director Ulrike Wechsung. “For Heimtextil 2016, however, we have been able to make available a large area of Hall 4.0 in addition to the existing exhibition space in Halls 3.0 and 4.1, thanks to the relocation of the ‘Theme Park’ in Hall 6. In other words, we have been able to cater very well for the current boom in furniture and decorative fabrics.”
The brand-name companies returning to Heimtextil in 2016 include Enzo Degli, Luilor, TEXAO, Marzotto Lab, Ratti Spa and Pozzi Arturo from Italy, Libeco-Lagae, Verbatex and Annabel Textiles from Belgium and Penelope from Turkey.
Enzo Angiuoni, CEO of Enzo degli Angiuoni Spa, explains: “The reason why Enzo Degli Angiuoni is coming back to Frankfurt is that Heimtextil is very successful and the most important trade fair for the textile sector. I started exhibiting in Frankfurt more than 30 years ago with a small stand of about 16 m² and it took years before I was given this position. Since then, many things have changed for us all.” Angiuoni considers that Heimtextil 2016 offers a good opportunity to take part again: “I wanted Enzo Degli Angiuoni to take part in this fair again and I asked many friends and competitors to join me and also exhibit in Frankfurt. The number four has always been a lucky number for us: Enzo Degli Angiuoni has always exhibited in Hall 4.1 and we will make our comeback in Hall 4.0 next year.”
Ferdinando Lescio, Home Division Manager of Ratti Spa, sees things in a similar light: “I have been visiting the fair regularly for several years now and must say that I could not resist the temptation to exhibit in January 2016.” Lescio is confident that this will be a great success. “To tell you the truth, I really do not know why but I feel it in the air…”
Michela Goir, proprietor and Sales Managing Director of Texao Spa, took a close look at the fair before deciding that it was right for her company. “The international orientation is what appeals to us most. We are pleased to see that a good number of European manufacturers are taking part and we feel that Heimtextil is a good place for us to be, too!”
For Bart Vandamme, Sales and Marketing Director of Libeco, the attraction is the high degree of internationality: “Heimtextil has developed very positively. The number of exhibitors has risen and the atmosphere at recent editions was very good. The internationality on the visitor side makes the fair the benchmark for the sector. Libeco focuses on the worldwide export business and taking part in Heimtextil fits in perfectly with this strategy. We will present our latest linen collections in Frankfurt and hope to attract many new international customers.”
Print IT digital
Hall 4.0 also offers more space for the expanding digital-print segment. There, Heimtextil presents a comprehensive spectrum of ultra-modern technologies from the world’s leading print-machine manufacturers under the motto ‘print IT digital. Among the companies taking part in this segment are Hewlett Packard, Epson, Durst, Xeikon, Mimaki, MS Printing Solutions, Kornit, Reggiani and MTEX Solutions.
As in the past, the European Digital Textile Conference by WTiN will be held on the first day of Heimtextil 2016 (Tuesday) in ‘Saal Europa’ of Hall 4. Additionally, there will be an exhibition and the presentation of the WTiN Award in Hall 4.0 for the first time. Adjoining the digital-print segment, the new ‘Print IT Digital’ café reflects this theme and will be a meeting place for the sector.
The ‘Designlive’ area will once again be located in the heart of Heimtextil, in Hall 4.2, and give over 200 international design studios – more than anywhere else in the world – the chance to show their creative inspirations for home and household textiles.
Heimtextil 2016 in Frankfurt am Main will open its doors from Tuesday, 12 January, to Friday, 15 January.
Posted August 4, 2015
Source: Messe Frankfurt