Some 70,000 visitors from 135 countries were exposed to the latest home and contract textiles from 2975 international exhibitors at this year's Heimtextil, which took place from 9-12th January.

"With growth on both the visitor and exhibitor side, Heimtextil has convinced across the board and underpinned its unique position as a world-leading trade fair," says Detlef Braun, CEO of organiser Messe Frankfurt. 

In addition to global market leaders and industry leaders, Heimtextil provided an international platform for more than 50 young designers and start-ups, through its New & Next programme.

Another of the fair's highlights was contract furnishing, and an associated focus on architects and property planners. 

Based on discussions with exhibitors and visitor surveys, Messe Frankfurt has developed a new concept for 2019.

"From the perspective of buyers in particular, we are repositioning Heimtextil 2019 and grouping themes and product groups according to target groups. In this way, synergies can be better recognised and exploited," says Olaf Schmidt, vice president of textiles & textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

In addition, the demand for stand space has grown sharply in some product groups. As well as major construction measures currently being implemented at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition site, further work is set to follow, so new locations will be available to Heimtextil for the first time.

Next year's event will take place from 8-11th January 2019.