First young talent prize at the “mtex+” for textile crash barrier for road traffic presented to Vera Gail from the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

mtex+ Nachwuchspreisgewinnerin Vera Gail
“Simply brilliant, thanks to technical textiles!” – this was the motto for the young talent prize presented at the “mtex+” for the very first time. First prize went to Vera Gail from the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences; she designed a textile crash barrier for greater safety for road traffic. The jury consisting of well-known experts awarded the 2nd prize to Raphaela Franke from the Fashion College in Sigmaringen for her concept of “lightness” for smart clothing; 3rd prize went to the team consisting of Kira Dannecker, Natalie Maihöfer and Marisa Pfister from Albstadt-Sigmaringen University with their textile body protection shell. As co-initiator Iris Schlomski, Editor-in-Chief of the “textile network” specialist magazine, reported, more than 50 young creative minds submitted ideas for the competition with its official prize. “We’re absolutely thrilled by the active involvement, both by the manufacturers of technical textiles, which provided the materials, and from the variety of ideas presented by the young people taking part,” said André Rehn, the “mtex+” Project Manager, underlining his enthusiasm. The young talent prize at the next “mtex+” in 2018 will also focus on inspiration, a free spirit and an increase in sensitivity for using technical textiles.

“mtex+” innovation prize for new kind of flax fibre non-wovens produced by Norafin

Norafin Industries (Germany) GmbH, Mildenau/Erzgebirge, won the innovation prize presented at the “mtex+” for the second time in 2016 for its Norafin Ecoline product development – non-wovens on a flax fibre basis for innovative interior design, original sports items and eco-friendly building. The company, which employs 160 people, produces technical non-wovens and composites on the basis of high-quality special fibres (e.g. aramids, polyimides, PTFE, flax, cotton).
Natural fibres obtained from flax provide the opportunity of manufacturing non-wovens with outstanding qualities (high tensile strength, durability and robustness) – and relatively cheaply. As a result of its natural elasticity, its low specific mass in comparison with carbon and glass fibres, its vibration-damping characteristics and its UV resistance, the flax fibres have many advantages over artificial fibres. The hydro-entangled flax non-woven material demonstrated its outstanding features for use as a supporting material for composites. The degree of compression resistance achieved, e.g. in the production of fun boards, the levels of breakage resistance, the outstanding impact and shock absorption create a lower material thickness and therefore mass for the boards and greater safety (in terms of the breakage and splintering of board parts). The excellent processing capabilities into composites is partly due to their relatively uncomplicated impregnation with resins. When constructing the substructure for roofs, it is possible to use the water-repellent qualities of hydro-entangled flax non-wovens as a beneficial alternative to synthetically manufactured polymer membranes. As they are breathable and moisture-repellent, they are ideal for use as roof thermal insulation. In the field of household textiles, hydro-entangled flax non-wovens can be turned into slats for sun blinds and Venetian blinds. The flax non-woven is ideal here because of its high degree of UV resistance, its heat reflection, its appropriate translucency and sound-absorbing qualities. It can also be used as wallpaper. The material’s insulating qualities and UV resistance are important here too.  

The excitement at winning the prize was understandably great among the Norafin exhibition team centred around managing director André Lang (right). Photo: mtex+/Kristin Schmidt

Statements from exhibitors at the “mtex+” and LiMA exhibitions

Jan Hermansky, President of the Czech Cluster for Technical Textiles, CLUTEX:
“I last attended this exhibition four years ago and am pleasantly surprised – the “mtex+” has taken a huge leap forward in terms of quality. The German/Czech meeting of business people on the evening of the first day of the exhibition was also a success for us; it provided valuable contacts between customers, vocational training colleges and research institutes.”

Marcel Bulik, Lanex a. s. Bolatice:
“We manufacture ropes, belts and cords, but we particularly presented our high-tech polypropylene yarns in Chemnitz. This not only led to many new contacts with potential customers, but we were also able to get to know partners from sectors like machine accessories and machine servicing. The contacts with the Institute for Materials Handling and Polymers at Chemnitz University of Technology were also interesting for us.
Sören Klein, Managing Director of ELMATEX GmbH Krefeld, the organiser of the joint stand with seven providers of textile finishing and other textile technologies:
“We held excellent discussions with a whole range of well-informed specialists from Saxony, Thuringia and Franconia – and also with experts from the Münsterland region and the Czech Republic. This has strengthened our intention of attending the next “mtex+” again with a joint stand.”
Tim Callin, research assistant at the Institute for Textile Machinery and High-Performance Material Technology at Dresden University of Technology:
“Our exhibition folder is well-filled with the minutes of discussions. We not only made contacts with visitors from the region, but also from abroad – e.g. from China, Israel, France and Poland. People asked questions on issues like how we can substitute metals with lightweight textile materials.”
Alexander Rohkamm and Alexander Liebsch, research assistants at the Institute for Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology at Dresden University of Technology
“On the joint exhibition stand with the Institute for Textile Machinery and High-Performance Material Technology, we formed part of the chain that creates a lightweight design part from a textile semi-finished product, which can then be inserted in a product like a vehicle demonstrator. This attracted many interested people. We also received enquiries about our work in the field of fibre composites.”

2016 “mtex+”: high-tech textiles for many different sectors

New trade fair concept enhances attractiveness / 6th “mtex+” on 31 May – 2 June 2016 in Chemnitz (Germany) – the centre of the internationally recognised Saxony/Thuringia textile and textile research region

Chemnitz (Germany), August 2015 - The “mtex” textile exhibition will be expanding its range of topics beyond mobile textiles in future. Now named “mtex+ - International Exhibition for Technical Textiles”, it will devote its attention to the entire range of high-tech textiles starting with the 6th edition (on 31 May – 2 June 2016). Using the slogan “Discover highTEXTILES+functions!”, the “mtex+” will adopt a position as a discovery exhibition for product development, process optimisation, networking and the transfer of knowledge. “Textiles equipped with additional functions are continuing to gain ground and occupy new fields of application in almost every sector. Textiles are often lighter, easier to handle and more robust than traditional materials,” the Head of the Exhibition, Michael Kynast, explains. “It will become more and more important for product developers in particular to familiarise themselves with the latest developments in this sector, consult textile experts even during the phase of discovering ideas and draw up solutions to problems in conjunction with them. We offer a suitable platform for this with our event, where everything is on the spot and where in-depth personal contacts are possible. Chemnitz is also the centre of a unique cluster involving textile production, textile machine engineering and textile research. Travelling to the heart of the internationally best networked textile region of Saxony and Thuringia will pay off in every respect.” Chemnitz Trade Fair Centre is expecting 110 exhibitors and 8,000 trade visitors from Germany and abroad to attend the newly devised “mtex+”.

Attractive supporting programme with the 15th Chemnitz Textile Technology Conference

As announced by “mtex” project manager, André Rehn, the exhibition’s innovation prize will be presented for the second time next year. There are also plans for a user-oriented forum of experts covering health, protective, nursing care and medical textiles. An important element in the supporting programme for the “mtex+” is the 15th Chemnitz Textile Technology Conference, which is devoted to the subject of “Textile technology as the key technology of the future”. This is being held at the trade fair site for the first time; the organisers are expecting about 300 people from Germany and abroad to attend this event on 31 May and 1 June 2016. Its organisers are the Cetex Chemnitz Textile Machine Development Association, the Institutes for Lightweight Structures and Conveyor Technology/Polymers at Chemnitz University of Technology, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI) and the North-East German Textile and Clothing Industry Association (vti). The 6th “mtex+” will be held alongside the 4th LiMA Exhibition for Lightweight Design in Chemnitz. Composites and textile-based lightweight design applications are just two of the related topics there.

Press contact details:   André Rehn, “mtex+” Project Manager, Tel. 0371 - 38038 106

5th “mtex” International Mobile Textiles Show and 3rd “LiMA” Lightweight Design Exhibition a roaring success in Chemnitz

Power car for high-speed trains made of an aluminium foam sandwich material on display as a world first

Chemnitz. The 5th “mtex” International Mobile Textiles Show and the 3rd  “LiMA” Exhibition for Lightweight Design in Engineering and Plant Construction were a great success in Chemnitz on 14 – 16 May 2014 and attracted a high level of professional expertise. 88 exhibitors from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, India, Israel and Switzerland presented their range of products and services in the Free State of Saxony at the heart of one of the most important German automobile construction, engineering and textile regions. The “mtex” and “LiMA” exhibitions were held as part of the newly conceived “Chemnitz Specialist Exhibitions” alongside the SIT Saxon Industry and Technology Fair and the “IT Users’ Forum”. Almost 5,000 visitors in all examined what the 300 exhibitors – including some prestigious research institutes – unveiled and they participated in the symposiums and workshops. The organisers not only welcomed guests from Germany to the mobile textile and lightweight design exhibitions, but trade visitors from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Russia and the Czech Republic too.
“Resource efficiency is the key to high-revenue and sustainable business practices in future. The efficiency of materials and energy when producing lightweight design structures on a large scale is a crucial issue. So we’ve geared our research work to this subject area and attracted great interest from many business sectors,” said Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll, with great emphasis; he is the coordinator and spokesman for the unique MERGE German excellence cluster for research into lightweight design, which is based at Chemnitz University of Technology.
“The four-fold specialist exhibitions enabled us to get to know companies from other sectors too. For example, we had excellent discussions with experts from the field of mechanical engineering and the paper industry. Something like this helps us to overcome a certain degree of tunnel vision,” said Andreas Ludwig, Managing Director of Thorey Gera Textilveredelung GmbH, which is based in the German state of Thuringia, summarising his impressions.
Andreas Hämmerle, Managing Director of Teccno Tex GmbH, Höchst, and the coordinator of the joint Austrian stand, indicated that it had been worthwhile attending the “mtex” for the first time in every respect. “We’ve been able to make interesting contacts or further develop existing ones. We’ve taken home specific enquiries and we even received a few small orders. I’m sure that projects with partners from the Saxon/Thuringian industrial region will materialise in future.” The textile manufacturers Alge Elastic GmbH, Lustenau, ARULA GmbH, Mäder,  Spinnerei Feldkirch GmbH, and V-Trion GmbH, Hohenems, all based in the Austrian Vorarlberg region, demonstrated their innovative skills with a joint display.
Ronald Gerbeth, Sales Manager at Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH, underlined the quality of the contacts made at the event, “We were able to welcome guests from southern Germany and Austria, among other places. As the exhibition was held very close to our company headquarters, we achieved excellent results with relatively little outlay.  We’d like to express our appreciation for the professional organisation of the specialist exhibitions overall. Next time we hope that more automobile suppliers will attend.
The “mtex” Innovation Prize, presented for the first time, attracted a great deal of attention among the experts. The award went to Christian Franz from the Institute for Textile Machines and High-Performance Material Technology (ITM) at Dresden University of Technology.  The 28-year-old graduate engineer was honoured for his achievements within the research project known as “Warp-knit fabric structures with integrated functions”. He has developed a technology, which can be used, for example, to make the lightweight textile heating elements required for electric vehicles much more effectively than in the past (for more information, go to
Metal, wood, textile and polymer composites played the dominant role at the “LiMA” Exhibition for Lightweight Design in Engineering and Plant Construction. The Chemnitz-based developers at Voith Engineering Services and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology displayed a world first. They presented visitors with a 1:1 model of the lightweight design power car for a high-speed train, which was made of an aluminium foam sandwich material. This enables companies to make weight savings of up to 30 percent over traditional railway vehicle concepts.
Scientists at Chemnitz University of Technology displayed an overhead conveyor system with wooden composite profiles for the automobile industry. Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH from Obertshausen also presented its composite expertise. The company is developing and producing complex profiles and hollow parts measuring up to seven metres long using a hybrid design, among other things.
The “Specialists and Students Day” at the “Chemnitz Specialist Exhibitions” held on 16 May, designed to attract young professionals to work in these fields, was very popular. The next edition of the four exhibitions will take place in May 2016.

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