Here's a recap of the event!
In late October I was lucky enough to be invited by the Taiwan Textile Federation to attend the 19th Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show – TITAS.
This annual event brings over 370 exhibitors from all over the world including Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, Japan, Korea, and China – as well as of course, Taiwan, to showcase their latest innovations and collections in functional, performance, outdoor and fashion textiles and textile-related equipment.
Representatives from nearly 90 international brands such as Helly Hansen, Roots, Puma, Perry Ellis, Speedo, Hugo Boss, The North Face, Kathmandu and Mountain Designs, also attended and more than 1,000 one-on-one business meetings took place – connecting these brands with potential suppliers.
What was impressive about the Expo was the breadth of product on display and the exciting innovation that is taking place around future textiles: from self-cleaning, deodorising and dust proof fabrics to products that are anti-static, self-heating, quick dry and those that offer ultra-comfort.
Many products providing protection-focused textiles with multiple functions such as wind-proof and water-repellency were also on show, as were high protection materials for workwear including capabilities such as fire resistance, fire retardance, tear-proof and abrasion proof.
It was encouraging to see eco-friendly products were of strong interest to the crowds. These featured yarns and fabrics produced using recycled PET bottles and recycled polyester, as well as fabrics made with coffee by-product and cinnamon, even those integrated with collagen peptides!
Sustainable production processes were also a key area showcased, featuring CO2 waterless dyeing technology, non-toxic chemical dyes and non-polluting printing inks.
Smart textiles were an exciting element on show and ranged from everything from LED yarn, conductive gloves, heating modules and LED-active high visibility apparel; to the ‘Internet Of Clothing’ that featured fabric sensors used for communication and illumination as well as photo-electric textile concepts that realise information interaction between the wearer and a range of technologies such as mobile phone and home appliances. Wearable tech and tech-textiles are certainly gaining traction!
It was wonderful to see where the potential is heading for the textiles sector. The way that the industry is addressing the challenges being faced, such as the need to reduce our environmental footprint, and the opportunities and solutions textiles can offer into the future in regards to the way we live, work, play and communicate.
TITAS happens annually and the organisers are very keen to have more Australian brands and companies attend, and even showcase in 2016.
If you'd like to hear more about the event and to register your interest for next October, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in contact with the TITAS team.
Thanks for reading!