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Portuguese textiles show their technology in Frankfurt

Innovative and technologically advanced, the Portuguese textile industry is affirming itself as an international leading industry. From May 14th to 17th, the "From Portugal" entourage is once more preparing to show the industry’s technological power, and will have more than 20 companies present at the Techtextil and Texprocess fairs, in Frankfurt. A strong Portuguese delegation that will be visited by João Correia Neves, the Portuguese State Secretary for Economic Affairs, in a demonstration of support towards the sector.

A.SAMPAIO & FILHOS – ARTEFITA – BOLSIBOTÃO – CARLOS SOUSA – CARLOM – COLTEC – FITEXAR – FOOT BY FOOT – GULBENA – HELIOTEXTIL – IDEPA – MCS – LASEMBOR – LIPACO – LMA – SMART INOVATION – TEXTEIS PENEDO

Technology is nowadays an essential sector for the Portuguese textile and clothing industry. Companies from the entire production chain are using innovation as a trademark, aiming to differentiate themselves by developing new articles and respond to the market’s challenges.

That innovative capacity will be the highlight of the Portuguese entourage in Frankfurt, ready to attend, between May 14th and 17th, two fairs simultaneously: Techtextil, dedicated to innovative products, and Texprocess, devoted to textile machinery.

A.Sampaio & Filhos, Artefita, Bolsibotão, Carlos Sousa, Carlom, Coltec, Fitexar, Foot by Foot, Gulbena, Heliotextil, Idepa, MCS, Lasembor, Lipaco, LMA, Smart Inovation and Têxteis Penedo are the companies that make up the "From Portugal" entourage, and are joined by the companies ERT, Endutex, CITEVE, CeNTI, Cordex, Inovafil, SGL Carbon and Penteadora, which will travel to Frankfurt individually.

The Portuguese exhibitors in Frankfurt will also count with the visit of the Portuguese State Secretary for Economic Affairs, João Correia das Neves. The presence of the governor, which was invited by ATP – The Portuguese Textile and clothing association, is scheduled for May 15th. The Portuguese Ambassador in Berlin, João Gomes, will accompany the state secretary in his visit. On the same day, a promotional event will be held in the framework of the "Fashion From Portugal 4.0" project, with a presentation focused on high-tech textiles. In addition to João Correia Neves and João Gomes, the Secretary of State for Internationalization, Eurico Brilhante Dias, and the President of AICEP, Castro Henriques, are also invited to the event.

Held every two years, the fairs attract the attention of the entire international community, which meets with the German city to learn about the most promising innovations in the textile world. A moment of crucial importance is foreseen for all Portuguese exhibitors.

"The national industry is investing more and more in innovation and the fair has become essential for all companies that want to present new solutions, especially because it reaches very different industries", says Cristina Terra da Motta, the representative in Portugal of Messe Frankfurt, the event’s organizer.

Most of the "From Portugal" entourage will be present at the Techtextil space. CITEVE will once again be present at this fair, considered the most important ones in the area of Technical Textiles, covering CITEVE’s important areas of activity: Mobility, Habitat, Sport, Health and Protection. It is, thus, a great opportunity to reinforce its position as a Technological Interface Center of reference in the international scenario.

As an international reference, both fairs usually attract more than 30 thousand visitors, coming from around the world. "The volume and variety of visitors allows us to project ourselves internationally in more comprehensive markets," stresses Hugo Resende, Carlos Sousa Indústria’s commercial manager, a company specialized in polyester and polypropylene tapes.

"It is a landmark event in the field of technical textiles and textile innovation," says João Silva, Artefita's Marketing Director, one of the companies present at Techtextil. "In our case, the fair is a way to materialize our commitment to always be where the state of the art is," he concludes.

Operating in the same market, Idepa reiterates the event’s importance. "Techtextil, as a trade show, meets the market segment we define as our target – the Technical segment,” explains Ana Paula Pires, the company market manager.

In an event so crucial and facing such a varied audience, the Portuguese exhibitors are betting on presenting some novelties. An example is Gulbena, who will present a new collection of recycled functional fabrics, in addition to an innovative technique of digital printing in polyamide.

Lipaco will also present several novelties. "We will present recycled and biodegradable yarns with functional finishes, with antibacterial – without iodides and silver –, anti-mosquito and athlete's foot prevention characteristics," says Jorge Pereira, the company’s CEO.

Coltec is also preparing to introduce a wide range of innovative products. "We will introduce new products with different technical solutions for the area of laminates, with membranes and films. We will also present the first industrial prototypes of our new technology for hot-melt coatings in home textile products ", announces Francisco Fernandes, the company’s Technical Manager.

Têxteis Penedo, winner of several innovation awards over the last few years, will also be present in Frankfurt, ready to present the award-winning products to customers from all over the world. "Some of our most innovative products will be presented, with the highlight being placed at Cork-a-Tex", says Agostinho Afonso, the company’s representative, referring to an innovative project that allows the use of cork to coat textile yarns.

Besides the innovative products, Portugal will also show that it has a say in the textile machinery industry. "We saw Texprocess as the perfect opportunity to present what we have to offer in terms productivity and innovation," explains Nuno Barros, Lasembor’s managing partner, a company that represents Yuemei embroidery machines across Europe.

Also present at Texprocess, Bolsibotão promises to present some novelties to the international markets. "We are trying to make ourselves known in this fair, with our clothing accessories that are distinguished by their quality, perfection, variety, functionality and robustness" says Filipe Ferreira, the company’s managing partner.

In short, the whole "From Portugal" entourage has great expectations for the two fairs in Frankfurt. "It's an opportunity to get to know the big international trends, get acquainted with the latest innovations and to be around the sector’s main companies," summarizes André Castro, MCS’s Chief Operating Officer.

The Portuguese companies participation in Techtextil and Texprocess is an initiative of Selectiva Moda and ATP - Textile and Clothing Association of Portugal, which aims to promote the internationalization of Portuguese fashion companies. The project “From Portugal” is co-financed by Portugal 2020, under Compete 2020 - Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization, with an eligible support amount of €12,118,285.17, of which €6,695,352.55 comes through the European Regional Development Fund.