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8. mtex+ Fair & Convention for Hightech Textiles

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The topics at the fair & convention

  • Textiles with (additional) functions
  • Composites and lightweight textile design
  • Process development
  • Textile engineering
  • Services
  • Digitalised production/automation
  • Sustainability and recycling
  • Research
  • Testing, certification and preventing plagiarism

Latest News

The State Premier of the Free State of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, has accepted the position of patron of the 8th mtex+ fair. The State Premier justified his commitment to the international textile convention by saying that it would continue to strengthen the attractiveness of the local, innovative industrial and research region as one of the leading European textile areas.
Initial results regarding the recovery of silver, copper and nickel from smart textiles
Reprocessing textile waste was one of the topics at the 10th Sector Day for the Textile and Clothing Industry in the Erzgebirge Hills and Vogtland Region. The meeting, which was organised by the North-East German Textile and Clothing Industry Association (vti), was held at C. H. Müller GmbH in Heinsdorfergrund/V. on 4 November 2019 and attracted about 60 business people, politicians and representatives from local communities. “When many people consider sustainability in connection with textiles, they’re primarily thinking about clothes or household textiles. But our domestic sector generates more than half its turnover from the production of technical textiles and textile composites. There’s therefore a particularly great need for research and development in this field,” says vti Managing Director, Dr.-Ing. Jenz Otto, explaining the situation. “We’re glad that we have expert partners like the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) in Chemnitz within our association area. It’s already had decades of up-to-date expertise in mechanical textile recycling.”  
The STFI has an international reputation as being one of the pioneers in recycling waste that occurs during the production of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP). These kinds of plastics are used in the aviation and space industry, but also in road and rail vehicles as well as in sports equipment (e.g. skis, snowboards, bicycle frames, tennis rackets, fishing rods). CFRP recycling can only be successful if the carbon fibres are separated from the matrix (pyrolysis) at high temperatures; STFI’s industrial partners complete this work. “We then break up the waste into individual fibres in a separation process. They are processed into non-woven fabrics during the carding procedure,” STFI recycling expert, Bernd Gulich, explains. “This kind of non-woven fabric can then be reinforced as the starting material for industrial applications by means of our new interval hot press. When recovering carbon fibres from waste, it’s possible to save up to 80 percent of the energy required for the primary fibre production.” The STFI was awarded the Raw Material Efficiency Prize by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology for this development in 2013.
Recycling smart textiles represents a challenge of a very different kind – these textiles contain metal fibres or electrically conductible threads. “In future, protective suits for emergency services and the fire brigade will contain these kinds of intelligent textiles and they will supply essential data from the scene to the officers controlling the operation, thanks to the textile sensors,” says Johannes Leis. The 28-year-old resident of Chemnitz is planning to complete his master’s degree in textile structures and technologies at Chemnitz University of Technology in the near future. Thanks to the support provided by the “high-performance fibres and processing” endowment professorship and the STFI, he has used his master’s degree dissertation to develop the principles for a technology so that silver, nickel or copper can be separated from textile materials and processed for reuse. Once he has completed his degree, Johannes Leis will continue his experiments as a research associate in the “RE4TEX – New Technologies for Textile Recycling” cooperation network. This network was launched by the STFI as part of the Central Innovation Support for SMEs (ZIM) by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in 2019. The 20 companies and research institutes involved want to make a contribution to resolving the highly diverse waste problems faced by domestic textile companies, among other things. The partners will present their first results during the 14th STFI Colloquium called “Recycling for Textiles” in Chemnitz on 4 and 5 December 2019.

Picture: Susan Gabler and Johannes Leis from the STFI present metal fractions (copper on the left, nickel on the right) that have been obtained by recycling conductible fabrics (bowl in the background). Photo: Wolfgang Schmidt

The mtex+ has put out the competition "mtex+ Newcomer Award2020" for students, trainees and graduates of the fields of textile, textile technology as well as textile and fashion design. Sustainable ideas for environmentally conscious and economically sustainable action on the topic of recycling - upcycling - downcycling of textiles of all kinds are in demand. Applicants can draw on the results of project work or internships (from 2016).

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Highlights 2020


Leadec präsentiert mit der Allianz textiler Leichtbau die Mobilität der Zukunft
Producing textiles and composites effectively and sustainably.


FutureTex KompetenzWerkstatt auf der mtex+ 2018
Digitalisation in textile engineering, automated value creation along the textile chain (etc.).


SmartTex Workshop auf dem Thüringen-Stand
Smart textiles/Acoustic textiles/Lightweight textile design/Sustainable textiles (etc.)




health.textil special exhibition

Sonderschau health.textil
Medical, health and protective textiles.

Excellent connections

Netzwerk-Abend auf der mtex+ und LiMA 2018
A network evening and other opportunities for discussions.


go textile! auf der mtex+ und LiMA 2018
Career prospects in the textile sector.