Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main, the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, will finish today with a clear increase in the number of exhibitors and visitors. Over 69,000 trade visitors (2015 – 67,861) and 2866 exhibitors (2015 – 2723) from across the world travelled to Frankfurt from 12-15th January to start the economically promising 2016 business and trade fair year together.
Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt, was visibly satisified with the outcome: "The world 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. Heimtextil has thus impressively consolidated its position as the top global meeting place for the industry."
As was the case last year, 68% of trade visitors attended from abroad. There was an increased number of visitors from Italy, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Japan and South Korea in particular. Also, 89% of the exhibitors (2015 – 88%) came from abroad. This year’s Heimtextil saw a growth in exhibitors from Europe, in particular Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as global exhibitors from many countries including Brazil and the US.
In terms of products, Heimtextil was able to considerably expand its portfolio in various segments. For the fast-growing segment of decor and upholstery materials, hall 4.0 was even equipped with a new, additional hall level, where primarily high-level exhibitors from Italy presented 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 covering bedlinen, bedding, covers, decorative pillows and mattresses was also bolstered. The increase in mattress manufacturers in particular was warmly received by trade visitors.
The next Heimtextil will take place from 10-13th January 2017.