09. November 2018 | News, Views & Markets

Future secured at the 33rd Hofer Nonwovens Days

Auf den 33. Hofer Vliesstofftagen diskutierte die auch die Themen Industrie 4.0 und Digitalisierung
The nonwovens industry met for the 33rd time in the Freiheitshalle Hof to discuss future trends, innovations and market situations
Source: Petra Gottwald
This year's Hofer Nonwovens Days took place on 7 and 8 November. The nonwovens industry met for the 33rd time in the Freiheitshalle Hof to discuss future trends, innovations and market situations. Regarding this, 22 presentations took place, discussing digitization and the increasingly important area of incontinence management in Western Europe and North America among other topics.

The trade event, which is recognized throughout Europe, once again attracted more visitors this year: A total of 470 industry and research and development experts from 13 countries took part. 92 companies and institutes presented their innovative products and forward-looking ideas at the associated exhibition.

Investing in the future
The biggest issue was the future viability of the industry. For this, the nonwovens companies, most of which are small and medium-sized, have to handle cost intensive high-risk projects. On a long-term basis, however, the only way to achieve this goal would be through cross-sector cooperation with science and research and the formation of networks. Investments in state-of-the-art production technologies, targeted exchange along the entire value chain, flexibility and creativity as well as training and further education are necessary.

A new textile research institute is being set up at the Hof University of Applied Sciences in Münchberg in order to balance regional differences and strengthen northern Bavaria as a location for the future. This will tie in with the traditional textile competence of the Upper Franconia region and will further promote the transfer of knowledge. The demand for products made from nonwovens is increasing worldwide. For 2019, the Freedonia Group, Cleveland/Ohio, forecasts an increase to 11.1 million tonnes of nonwovens (9.1 million tonnes in 2017). Following the talks and presentations at the Hofer Nonwovens Conference, the industry is well prepared.

edited by Thobias Quaß

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