At Texprocess from May 9th to 12th in Frankfurt, a Digital Textile Micro Factory will present a live demonstration of an integrated production chain for apparel.
In collaboration with the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf and a number of well-known companies in the textile sector, Texprocess will, in the micro-factory in Hall 6.0, demonstrate the entire networked production of items of clothing – from the design stage to digital printing, automatic cutting and fabrication.
Texprocess visitors can follow a sign-posted path through the various individual stages of manufacture in the micro factory and obtain information from experts at each stage. Guided tours will also be made.
Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles and Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, says, “Especially when it comes to fast fashion, micro factories offer opportunities to put ideas into practice immediately and to try out new business models, based on specific customer requirements. They facilitate a type of production that is responsive to the market and, as an additional bonus, ensure optimized use of materials, so as to contribute to greater levels of sustainability in textile processing.”
Elgar Straub, General Manager of the VDMA’s Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies Division, adds, “The demand for individualized products necessitates making the entire production process more flexible. Serial production with, at the same time, smaller and smaller batches, right down to batches of just one, is only possible with industrially manufactured individual products. These fully automated and networked processes can now be implemented through the use of digitalization.”