Techtextil 2024: Scaling new heights!

Techtextil 2024: Scaling new heights!


While about 65 Indian exhibitors participated in Techtextil 2024, global companies have high expectations from India as they plan to scale up their business in the country in their quest to tap new opportunities in the technical textile market, says Rakesh Rao.

The 20th Techtextil 2024, hosted by Messe Frankfurt along with Texprocess from 23-26 April 2024 in Frankfurt (Germany), sets new standards while displaying the entire spectrum of technical textiles, nonwovens, functional apparel textiles and textile technologies. Techtextil set a record in terms of size and underlined the dynamic growth and innovative strength of the textile industry. Techtextil and Texprocess recorded 1,700 exhibitors from 53 countries, 38,000 visitors from 102 countries and a 29 per cent increase in visitor numbers. In times of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, increasing legislative requirements and high energy costs, both trade fairs offered participants the most an international marketplace for product innovations along the textile value chain at the right time. The next edition of Techtextil and Texprocess will be held from 21-24 April 2026.

While about 65 Indian exhibitors participated in the exhibition, global companies have high expectations from India as they plan to scale up their business in the country in their quest to tap new opportunities in the technical textile market.

India holds significant importance for Trützschler: Alexander Stampfer

Alexander Stampfer, CSO, Trützschler Group SE

The Mönchengladbach (Germany) headquartered Trützschler Group SE, which manufactures machines and installations for the spinning and nonwovens industry, stands out as a pioneering force, driving innovation and redefining industry standards. Trützschler operates across four distinct business units, each playing a vital role in shaping the textile landscape. Focusing on spinning, nonwovens, card wires, and fibre divisions, it caters to a wide spectrum of industry needs, from traditional spinning processes to cutting-edge nonwoven technologies.

In an exclusive interaction with ITJ during Techtextil 2024, Alexander Stampfer, Chief Sales Officer (CSO), Trützschler Group SE, emphasised the importance of the nonwovens sector and Trützschler Nonwovens’ collaboration with Italian company Texnology S.l.r. for T-Suprema line—a state-of-the-art needle production line designed for the highest quality webs in both special and standard needle punch products. Stampfer highlighted Trützschler’s investment in technology centres dedicated to nonwovens, including complete spunlace and needle punching lines.

Stampfer identified key trends shaping the textile and nonwovens industry, notably the increasing importance of nonwovens in various applications. “Versatility and adaptability of nonwovens offer unique advantages, such as lightweight construction and enhanced sustainability through the use of recycled materials. With respect to hygienic applications, there is a shift towards flushable wipes and the growing preference for natural fibres over synthetics, driven by sustainability considerations,” he added.

Alexander Stampfer highlighted the company’s commitment to the Indian textile industry, citing the recent development of the Sanand facility over the past 12 months. “India holds significant importance for Trützschler due to our longstanding relationship. We have been manufacturing in India since the 1970s and are currently finalising the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Sanand, near Ahmedabad. This new site is essential due to the limitations of our current facility in Ahmedabad, which is now too small to meet our needs amidst the city’s rapid expansion,” he said.

Stampfer expressed confidence in India’s potential for growth and expansion, particularly in the technical textile sector. He underscores the country’s dynamic development, noting its significance in various industries such as highway construction, railroads, and transportation, all of which require technical textiles.

Stampfer concluded by affirming Trützschler’s dedication to India, stating, “We are deeply connected to India and are committed to its growth. We recognise the tremendous opportunities present in the Indian market and are eager to contribute to its development. The opening of our Sanand facility in 2025 marks a significant step in our journey, further strengthening our presence and capabilities in India.”

Ferraro SpA pioneers technological advancements in textiles

Alex Zucchi, President, Ferraro SpA

The Italian textile finishing machinery major Ferraro SpA is set to make significant strides in the realm of technical textiles, a small yet formidable branch of the textile industry. At the forefront of Ferraro’s innovation is the latest breakthrough: the ultrasound system. Set to be officially introduced at the ITM Istanbul in June, this patented technology represents a leap forward in fabric purification. Combining ultrasound and vacuum filtration, this system boasts the capability to remove all impurities from various fabric types, particularly technical fabrics. This meticulous purification process ensures that fabrics are pristine before undergoing further treatment, a crucial aspect in maintaining quality throughout the production process.

Participating in events like Techtextil highlights Ferraro’s commitment to tapping into the potential of technical textiles. Ferraro recognises the expanding applications and demand for technical fabrics across diverse industries and anticipates substantial growth in this sector. The company is well-positioned to capitalise on emerging opportunities.

Alex Zucchi, President, Ferraro SpA, highlighted India’s pivotal role in the future of technical textiles, “I know that India is pushing a lot of technical textiles, particularly with projects to invest in India. India no doubt represents the future. I personally believe even more than China, because of the culture and attitude of India, which is much closer to the European mentality making communication easy. So no doubt, India will be one of the major players in this field.”

Despite India’s impressive production capabilities, Ferraro prioritises quality over quantity, focusing on developing advanced technologies that enhance sustainability, productivity, and energy efficiency. “By offering innovative solutions tailored to meet Indian market’s needs and industry standards, we aim to foster long-term partnerships based on mutual success and sustainability,” added Alex Zucchi.

India emerged as a shining star for Salvade: Marco Salvade

Marco Salvade, CEO & President, Salvade S.r.l, and President, ACIMIT

For over five decades, Salvade S.r.l, situated in northern Italy, has been at the forefront of producing top-notch finishing machines, specialising in steamers for printing, tumbler dryers, and more. As Salvade operates into its second generation, it continues to maintain a strong foothold in the market, with 75 per cent of its machines being sold outside Italy. Marco Salvade, CEO & President, Salvade S.r.l, and President, Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT), embodies a vision of growth and collaboration within the industry.

“India now stands as one of the prime markets, not just in Europe, but globally. We have witnessed its potential first-hand, during our participation in the recently held symposiums in Delhi and Mumbai. In the last two years, India has emerged as a shining star for us, showcasing promising opportunities,” remarked Marco Salvade.

As the head of ACIMIT, Marco Salvade represents 119 companies, striving to facilitate international sales of textile machinery. The organisation’s key focuses are on markets like India, China, and Turkey and it aims to collaborate and drive growth in the global textile machinery industry.

“We recognise the significance of digital printing as the future of our sector. In Italy, digital printing constitutes a significant portion of material production, presenting vast opportunities for growth. Our steamer machine is capable of seamlessly integrating with digital printing processes, underlining our commitment to innovation and adaptability,” explained Salvade.

He added, “We strive to deliver cost-effective solutions without compromising on quality. Our focus on technical innovation and energy efficiency reflects our commitment to sustainability and customer success. As Salvade continues to lead the way in textile machinery manufacturing, its unwavering dedication to innovation and customer-centricity ensures a promising future for the global textile industry.”

Uptick in exports expected by the end of 2024: Cornelia Buchwalder

Cornelia Buchwalder, Secretary General, Swiss Textile Machinery Association

As the global economy grapples with uncertainties, the textile machinery industry faces a myriad of challenges amidst signs of economic strain. “Inflation, lack of demand, and high energy costs pose significant challenges for the industry. Despite these hurdles, there is cautious optimism within the industry, with hopes pinned on new projects and prospects. However, the road to recovery remains uncertain, with expectations of a moderate uptick by the end of 2024,” said Cornelia Buchwalder, Secretary General, Swiss Textile Machinery Association, while speaking exclusively to ITJ during Techtextil 2024.

With respect to exports of Swiss textile machinery in 2023, she said, “Exports of Swiss textile machinery in 2023 was down by 15 per cent (compared with 2022). Exports to key markets like India and China, which are pivotal for industry growth, also witnessed a decline in 2023. Positive developments in 2023 were observed in countries like Uzbekistan, Brazil, and Egypt, driven by large-scale projects. However, this statistics does not include figures of Swiss textile machinery companies who have operations in other countries, from where they manufacture and export.”

Recently, India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – which has Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as its member – signed a free trade agreement (FTA) to facilitate trade, boost exports and attract investments. Commenting on it, she said, “The recently signed FTA between India and Switzerland has raised expectations for improved trade relations and reduced taxes on textile machinery. Such agreements are expected to enhance cost-effectiveness for Indian customers and bolster trade between the two countries.”

Cornelia Buchwalder continued, “Firstly, the Indian market’s importance is undeniable and will only grow stronger. India’s expanding population and thriving textile education network signal significant developments. India is positioned to become a pivotal market in the future, with numerous companies actively engaged. This reinforces India’s crucial role as a cornerstone for Swiss textile machinery’s future strategies.”

Toray Group eyes auto, apparel sector for growth in India

L-R: Settawut Thaiprasert, Sr Marketing Advisor – Fibres Division, and Shinichi Izumi, GM – Industrial Filament Sales Department, of Thai Toray Synthetics Co Ltd

At the Techtextil 2024, the Thailand-based Thai Toray Synthetics – a part of Japan’s Toray group that boasts over 100 years of experience in producing manmade fibres – showcases its range of value-added filaments and staple fibres, catering to diverse industrial applications such as automobile safety belts and airbags. “Our latest airbags utilises biodegradable materials, including recycled PET bottles. We are proud to announce the development of industrial-grade airbags made from 100 per cent recycled materials. This achievement sets us apart from other manufacturers,” remarked Settawut Thaiprasert, Senior Marketing Advisor -Fibres Division, Thai Toray Synthetics Co Ltd.

With automobile production going up and crash testing becoming mandatory in India, the demand for airbag fabric is also on the rise in the country. This is expected to give a boost to mobiltech (i.e. technical textiles that are used in automotive). Speaking about India market Shinichi Izumi, General Manager – Industrial Filament Sales Department, Thai Toray Synthetics Co Ltd, “The changing regulatory environment and growing safety awareness in India has led to surge in airbags demand. To meet this growing requirement, we will expand our capacity in India.” Toray Kusumgar Advanced Textile Pvt Ltd – a joint venture between Toray Industries and India’s Kusumgar Corporates Pvt Ltd – manufactures and sales of basic fabric for airbags in India.

Thai Toray Synthetics isn’t solely concentrated on automotive applications but also targets the apparel sector. “UNIQLO (the Japanese apparel retailer), is Toray’s major customer and they have requested us to establish facilities for yarn production and other processes in India to support their growing presence in the country,” concluded Izumi. Thai Toray Synthetics will continue its legacy and contribute both significantly and sustainably to the global textile industry both in the automotive and apparel sector.

JB Group highlights potential of chemical recycling at Techtextil 20224

Hardik Agrawal, Director, JB rPET Industries Pvt Ltd

At Techtextil 2024, JB rPET Industries, a part of the Surat (Gujarat) based Jay Bharat (JB) Group, showcased its forward-looking technology to transform PET bottles into 100-per cent upcycled pellets that can be used across fashion and packaging industries. Explaining JB rPET Industries’ novel chemical recycling technology, Hardik Agrawal, Director, JB rPET Industries Pvt Ltd, said, “Unlike traditional mechanical recycling, where quality degrades with each cycle, our revolutionary chemical recycling technique maintains the integrity of the polymer. By depolymerising PET bottles into flakes, purifying, filtering, and depolymerising, we ensure consistent quality. This chemical recycling process offers diverse applications, including packing films and high-tenacity yarns, with tailored grades for different uses.”

Since commencing operations in January 2024, JB rPET Industries has achieved the desired product quality within a month and initiated marketing efforts. The company supplies domestically to filament yarn manufacturers and has received positive feedback. “Sustainability is crucial. Plastic isn’t a problem; it is a valuable product that has solved many issues and provided convenience. The key lies in proper disposal, collection, and recycling of plastics. By embracing our technique, we can transition towards a circular economy, reducing pressure on natural resources,” he opined.

JB Group encompasses various companies within the textile sector, including dyeing and printing, nylon manufacturing, craft paper recycling, monofilament yarn manufacturing, garment exporting, etc. One significant aspect of the JB Group’s operations is its focus on recycling, particularly post-use PET bottle recycling. The company collects discarded PET bottles from Surat and across India, processes them into flakes, and manufactures multiple products. For instance, JB Ecotex Ltd manufactures and exports high-quality Recycled Polyester Staple Fiber (RPSF) & rPET Flakes.

JB Group has been showcasing its innovations, including JB Ecotex and JB rPET, at events like Techtextil, receiving good responses. The company believes sustainability is the future, aligning with the global trend of brands pledging to become sustainable by 2030 and 2050. “The recycling industry, particularly in textiles, will witness significant growth in the future. By transforming plastic waste into valuable raw materials, we can advance towards a circular textile economy,” he stated.

Alidhra Weavetech unveils new yarn processing solutions

Chintan Thumar, MD, Alidhra Weavetech

The Surat (Gujarat) based Alidhra Weavetech – known for manufacturing of twisting, winding, sizing & weaving machinery – made a significant impact at Techtextil 2024 by introducing innovative yarn coating lines and advanced twisting and winding machines. Its focus on boosting the yarn processing segment in India aims to bridge existing gaps and elevate the country’s technical textile industry to global standards.

Alidhra Weavetech, participating for the third time in Techtextil Frankfurt, launched highly modular systems for yarn coating alongside new twisting and winding machines designed for high-tenacity applications. While these advancements are tailored to the Indian technical textile sector, they indirectly facilitate exports by empowering local industries to manufacture products of export quality.

 “Our presence at Techtextil is aimed at raising awareness about the technological advancements in India, identifying potential export-oriented industrial players, and facilitating their entry into new markets,” stated Chintan Thumar, MD, Alidhra Weavetech.  Exports contribute 20 per cent to the company’s turnover, as the company focuses more on supporting the Indian technical textile industry.

Alidhra Weavetech is committed to sustainability in yarn coating processes, transitioning from fossil fuel-based heating systems to fully electric alternatives utilising infrared technology. The company’s focus is on enhancing the quality of existing products for exports rather than simply increasing production volume, aligning with global sustainability goals. “Alidhra Weavetech continues to lead the way in revolutionising yarn processing solutions, driving India’s technical textile industry towards global success,” added Thumar.

Mani More Textiles forays into technical textiles with CMC Threads

Shikhar Yadav, Director, CMC Textiles

Mani More Textile, part of CMC Textiles Group, has ventured into technical textiles with CMC Threads, a subsidiary that focuses on producing sewing threads tailored for high-end and industrial applications. “There is a growing demand for high-quality sewing threads across various industries, and we aim to fulfil this need by providing innovative solutions,” commented Shikhar Yadav, Director, CMC Textiles.

CMC Threads aims to address diverse requirements, from fishnet ropes to luxury garments with the focus on both domestic and export markets. The company aims to achieve a balanced approach, targeting key regions such as the US, EU, Africa, and beyond. “While our primary focus remains on the domestic market, we understand the significance of exports. Our goal is to achieve a dynamic balance, with around 30-40 per cent of our business coming from exports,” informed Yadav.

CMC Threads has invested in state-of-the-art imported machinery and testing labs, ensuring the production of premium-grade sewing threads. Additionally, the company has assembled a dedicated team to drive exports, cater to the Indian market, and explore new applications for sewing threads across various industries.

Looking ahead, CMC Threads is optimistic about its growth prospects, targeting a 20 per cent annual growth rate. “This decade presents exciting opportunities for us, and we are committed to expanding our footprint while maintaining our focus on quality and customer satisfaction,” concluded Yadav.

BTRA eyes global collaboration at Techtextil 2024

Snehal Dhamdhere, Head – Sales & Marketing, BTRA

Techtextil 2024 serves as an essential platform for companies and organisations to exhibit their latest advancements in technical textiles and nonwovens. The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) showcased its research & development (R&D) and testing prowess to global audience at Techtextil 2024 and also explored new collaboration possibilities. “BTRA has complete testing facilities with sophisticated instruments under one roof which caters to the requirement of all clients both nationally and internationally. BTRA highlighted its cutting-edge research findings, technological advancements, and innovative solutions to a global audience. BTRA by participating in this exhibition was able to reach new international customers and its capability was appreciated,” explained Snehal Dhamdhere, Head – Sales & Marketing, BTRA.

For over 70 years, the Bombay Textile Research Association has led the way in textile R&D, serving as a hub for innovation and consultancy in the industry. With cutting-edge facilities including specialised laboratories for mechanical and chemical testing, microbiology, and polymer testing, BTRA is at the forefront of technological advancement. A key focus for BTRA is streamlining sample testing procedures, particularly for Indian customers, to expedite processes and enhance client interactions.

For example, for the first time in India, BTRA will have facility to undertake fire retardant (FR) testing for materials used in aircrafts. “At present, customers in India have to send these materials outside for testing, which is a lengthy procedure. Our facility will be very helpful for them,” she informed.

BTRA’s unwavering dedication to research excellence and its commitment to delivering innovative solutions highlight its pivotal role in shaping the future of the Indian textile industry. Snehal Dhamdhere added, “BTRA’s increasing engagement with international clients highlights its growing prominence globally, as it continues to meet the rising demand for specialised textile solutions. With a steadfast commitment to innovation, BTRA is driving positive change and shaping the future of the textile industry.”

(With inputs from Sanskriti Ramachandran)