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Editorial: Heimtextil 2016 shows the latest home textiles and hosts a digital textile printing conference for the third year running
published in Issue 178, January 2016
The 2016 edition of Heimtextil – the world's largest trade fair for home and contract textiles – was held in Frankfurt, Germany, during January 12-15, 2016. The fair attracted a large number of visitors and exhibitors from all over the world, affirming Heimtextil's reputation as one of the most important and most international home textiles fairs. At Heimtextil, visitors had the opportunity to browse the latest product developments in the sectors of digital print, floor coverings, furniture and decorative fabrics, household textiles, wallpapers, and window coverings. In addition, exhibitors and visitors were invited to explore the Heimtextil Theme Park – an exhibition space showcasing the 2016/17 home textile trends identified by the highly regarded Heimtextil Trendtable. Another highlight at the fair was the European Digital Textile Conference, during which industry experts discussed the potential for digital printing in the home textiles market. In this report, Robin Anson discusses some of the highlights of Heimtextil 2016 and its significance for the home textiles market. Also, he reports on the key discussion topics at the European Digital Textile Conference and provides an outlook for the future of digital textile printing.
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