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Brief Published: 26 May 2011

Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision


The Messe Frankfurt is currently showcasing the most advanced textiles, materials and servicing products for the design industries in a three-pronged trade fair. Welcoming 1,207 exhibitors from around the world, the event comprises Techtextil, Texprocess and Material Vision.

Material Vision focuses on materials for product development, design and architecture and includes the Design Plus Awards, which honour those designers making considerable strides in material innovation. This year’s winners include Blingcrete – a concrete solution that embeds glass pearls into its surface for a reflective and decorative quality not traditionally associated with the material. Juror Wlfram Putz remarks: "Subtle, almost hidden light patterns are just as possible as loud effects. A real gain, especially when used for interior design."

In conjunction with Material Vision, Techtextil presents technical textiles and non-wovens, while Texprocess shows machinery and equipment for processing textiles and other flexible materials. The trade fair runs until May 27.