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Heimtextil closes doors with rise in visitors
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Jan '16
Heimtextil closed its doors with over 69,000 trade visitors visiting the fair as against 67,861 in 2015 and 2,866 exhibitors compared to 2,723 last year.

As was the case last year, 68 per cent of trade visitors came from abroad, while there was an increased number of visitors from Italy, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Japan and South Korea in particular at Heimtextil 2016.

“89 per cent of exhibitors as against 88 per cent in 2015 came from abroad, while this edition saw a growth in exhibitors from Turkey, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil and the US,” Messe Frankfurt informed in a press release.

For the fast-growing segment of décor and upholstery materials, hall 4.0 was even equipped with a new, additional hall level, where primarily high-quality exhibitors from Italy showcased their wares.

Textile digital printing with all the market leaders such as Epson, Hewlett Packard, Kornit, Mimaki and Zimmer was also considerably expanded in comparison to last year.

The product group 'Bed' with bed linen, bedding, covers, decorative pillows and mattresses was also added to this event.

“The increase in mattress manufacturers in particular, such as Rössle & Wanner and Frankenstolz, who were both exhibiting at Heimtextil again after several years' absence, was warmly received by trade visitors,” Messe Frankfurt noted.

Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt said, “The world of textile interior design came to Frankfurt and the increase in exhibitors and visitors alike speaks for itself.”

“The positive economic indicators also boosted discussions between suppliers and purchasers and thus Heimtextil has consolidated its position as the top global meeting place for the industry,” Braun added.

A buyer from Europe's biggest department store chain El Corte Inglés, Cristobal Montero Álvarez said, “Heimtextil has been the most important trade fair when it comes to the purchase of home and house textiles.”

“No other trade fair offers such an international range of exhibitors, while the quality and price of suppliers at Heimtextil appeals to us,” he added.

“This year, we were particularly impressed by the new technical solutions in the sun protection segment,” Alvarez too added.

“Visitors to Heimtextil come from across the world and all of them want to see the latest trends in the textile market,” Paola Ribera of the décor and furniture supplier Texathenea from Spain.

According to the organiser, the glamour factor was once again a major element in 2016 as actress and hotel owner Jessica Schwarz was an honorary guest at the opening press conference on Tuesday.

On Thursday, she took the opportunity to go on a purchasing tour through the halls for this very purpose.

Also present was musician and artist Nena, who presented her new wallpaper collection at the Marburger Tapetenfabrik stand and rocked the house in the evening in front of an audience of invited guests. (AR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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