International guest speakers will address all aspects of sustainability in lectures and discussions in the Expert Talk Area of the exhibition hall on November 14.
"Sustainability is expected. It is our duty to act sustainably in all stages of the textile production process. Sustainability is much more than simply using recycled fibres and fabrics. Performance Days was early to showcase this on a broad scale. We have accompanied the sustainable developments in the industry for many seasons, but even more, we provided the impulse in various directions for sustainability research and development," said Marco Weichert, head of the trade fair.
"Our focus topics featured sustainability issues early on and provided a focus to our innovative fibre and fabric producers to pursue developments in this field. Whether recycled fibres, recyclable materials, the important topics of biodegradability, water conservation or the use of natural fibres for functional fabrics – we show all possible textile aspects of sustainability for the industry," said marketing manager Lena Weimer of Performance Days.
Performance Days takes its responsibility for sustainability very seriously and has made the decision – as announced in July – to present only sustainable materials in the curated Performance Forum. Also to give visitors an overview of all aspects of sustainability, the Focus Topic Wall will be dedicated to topics on sustainability. Detailed explanations will be provided for key areas like recycled fibres, natural fibres from renewable resources, recycling qualities, bio-degradables or compostables, microplastics, product life cycles, water conservation, energy savings, reduce CO2 emissions, reduce chemicals.
Performance Days — the 'functional fabric fair' launched in 2008, is the first and only event created especially for functional fabrics for sports and work clothing. The aim of the semi-annual trade fair is to give leading and innovative textile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers the opportunity to present their functional fabrics, membranes plus treatments, laminates, paddings, finishes, and accessories such as yarns, tapes, prints, buttons, and zippers.
The industry experts who come to the fair — the designers, product managers, buyers, and decision-makers of almost every European active clothing and functional wear brand — will find a complete selection of high quality materials available at just the right time in April/May and October/November.
The unique Performance Forum at Performance Days gives visitors an inspiring and informed overview of the latest materials, trends, and innovations by the exhibitors. This is also where the (ECO) Performance Award is presented. Valuable expert talks, workshops, and guided tours round out the informative programme. (PC)
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