56 German companies and institutions will present themselves, their products and their services from 12 to 14 March 2012 at the High-Tex from Germany show in the Moscow Expocentre – a new record for participation in this industrial exhibition. Exhibitors include well-known manufacturers of technical textiles, nonwovens and textile machinery. Eleven renowned research institutes complement the portfolio of companies attending and will also present talks on current issues in a one-day specialist symposium. "Technical textiles from Germany enjoy an excellent international reputation. With High-Tex from Germany, we are making it easier for this innovative sector to access attractive growth markets like Russia," explains Ernst Burgbacher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economics and Technology and Federal German Government Commissioner for Small and Medium Enterprises.
High-Tex from Germany has indeed proved its worth since its premiere in 2000. International customers value the breadth of applications and the innovative potential of technical textiles from Germany. Be it in textile-reinforced bridges, wound dressings with integrated medication release or car bodies made of carbon fibre – industry uses our products almost everywhere and with increasing frequency," says Peter Schwartze, Director of the High-Tex from Germany exhibition and President of the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (Gesamtverband textil+mode). This is the fourth time this special event has been held and this time the emphasis is on the automotive industry, on infrastructure and on nonwovens for use in medicine.
The special show will take place concurrently with the sixth edition of Techtextil Russia, the only dedicated trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens in Russia. Altogether, 191 exhibitors from 21 countries will be exhibiting their products, technological achievements and concepts. At the same time as High-Tex from Germany is celebrating its success, Techtextil Russia can boast 45 percent growth in exhibitor numbers as compared with the previous event in 2010. "High-Tex from Germany has so far always taken place in tandem with a Techtextil show. At this combined event in Moscow – now the fourth of its kind – we are offering the largest range ever of innovation and new products in the field of technical textiles and nonwovens," says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.
Technical textiles in Russia on course for growth
The textile industry and textile research are finding a promising market in Russia. "German companies are benefiting, for instance, from the modernisation of the Russian economy. Last year alone, German exports to Russia grew by 30 percent," says State Secretary Burgbacher. A study conducted by Germany Trade Invest (GTAI) reports that manufacturers of technical textiles in particular are seeing enormous demand, especially from the automotive and healthcare sectors. "But there are other highly lucrative industrial fields, such as the construction industry and the agricultural sector. All in all, manufacturers of technical textiles can look forward to some substantial orders from Russian customers," confirms Peter Schwartze.
Some 200 participants have already signed up for the specialist symposium, which will be held on the second day of the trade fair and attended by some of the most influential people in the sector. In all, twelve experts will give talks on the latest developments in fields such as light-weight construction materials and electro-mobility, medicine, protective safety wear and architecture. Russian textile research in these areas has great development potential. So we can look forward to much fascinating discussion on Tuesday," says Dr. Klaus Jansen, Chief Executive of Forschungskuratorium Textil.
Matchmaking for tailor-made company contacts
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie -BMWi) and the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (Gesamtverband textil+mode) are seeking, through the matchmaking programme, to assist exhibitors in making initial contact with potential Russian partners. And the 16 sign-ups have exceeded people's expectations. "We are extremely pleased with the response. It shows that German companies are very interested in the Russian market," says Igor Salomakhin, Head of the Russia-Europe Textile Alliance (RETA) in Moscow, who is responsible for organising the matchmaking programme.
The High-Tex from Germany initiative is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) in collaboration with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) and supported by the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (Gesamtverband textil+mode). Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH was charged with the organisation and running of the event. High-Tex from Germany has already been successfully held alongside Techtextil India (2007, Mumbai), Cinte Techtextil China (2002, Shanghai) and Techtextil North America (2000, Atlanta). 54 German exhibitors attended the previous event in Mumbai.
The special exhibition has received high-level support. This year, both State Secretary Ernst Burgbacher and Holger Lösch, Member of the Executive Board of the Federal Association of German Industry (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie - BDI) will be present.
Further information can be obtained at: www.high-tex-from-germany.de or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hightexgermany.
Techtextil / Techtextil Russia
Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, which is held every two years in Frankfurt am Main, is the world's foremost marketing and sourcing platform for users and manufacturers in this field. At Techtextil, the industry presents not only the complete spectrum of technical textiles and technologies but also the multifarious areas of application. Also biennial, Techtextil Russia spotlights the latest developments in the fields of materials, production and applications for technical textiles, nonwovens and protective clothing. From 12 to 14 March 2012, Techtextil Russia with High-Tex from Germany will bring together in Moscow the great potential of the Russian market for technical textiles with the professional organisational experience of Messe Frankfurt. Further information can be found on the internet at www.techtextil.com and www.techtextil.messefrankfurt.ru.
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie – BMWi)
The foreign fairs programme of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology gives small to medium-sized companies the chance to present their products and services at important trade fairs in selected countries. Within the framework of this programme, the Ministry is planning participations in around 260 fairs and exhibitions in 39 countries in 2012 – and € 42 million has been budgeted for this. The foreign fairs programme is organised by the 'Fair Policy and Expo Participations' department of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in cooperation with several different fair and exhibition companies. Further information can be found on the internet at www.bmwi.de.
Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (Messeausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. – AUMA)
As the central organisation of the German trade fair industry, AUMA is the combination of all those forces which are partners shaping the trade fair market, in other words, exhibitors, visitors, trade fair organisers and service companies. Thus, the main task of AUMA is to reinforce German trade fairs at home and abroad. To this end, the association promotes the quality of German trade fairs by creating greater market transparency, by promoting cooperation between the market partners, by encouraging the exchange of information and experience between its members and by organising joint projects with its members. AUMA supports, in particular, the market activities of small and medium-sized German companies via participations at trade fairs in Germany and abroad. Further information can be found on the internet at www.auma.de.
Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (Gesamtverband textil+mode)
With around 1,200 companies and 400,000 employees, the German textile and fashion industry is the country's second biggest consumer-goods industry. It has a turnover of approximately € 27 billion (60 % textiles, 40 % fashions), which makes it the biggest textile and fashion industry in Europe. The Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry is the umbrella association of the German textile and fashion industry. It represents the interests of the industry in different questions of economic, wage, social and educational policy with offices in Berlin and Brussels and cooperation offices in Moscow and Shanghai. The Confederation and its member associations also belong to the Textile Research Board. With 16 textile-research institutes throughout Germany, the Research Board conducts joint industrial-research projects and supports the transfer of knowledge and technology on a practical level. Further information can be found on the internet at www.textil-mode.de.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is Germany's leading trade fair organiser with € 457* million in sales and 1,769* employees worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries, five branch offices and 52 international Sales Partners, giving it a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. Events 'made by Messe Frankfurt' take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2011, Messe Frankfurt organised 101 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.
Messe Frankfurt's exhibition grounds, featuring 578,000 square metres, are currently home to ten exhibition halls and an adjacent Congress Centre. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com
*Provisional figures (2011)