Texcare International 2016 - focus on quality and sustainability
Prof. Dr. h.c. Josef Kurz from the Hohenstein Institute receives an award for his life's work – presentation by Dr. Andreas Schmidt
BÖNNIGHEIM (IS) After four years, the Texcare International fair, the world's leading trade fair for the textile care industry, again opened its doors to numerous visitors from around the world. From 11 to 15 June 2016, visitors were able to find out about the latest trends, efficient designs and industry innovations. The Hohenstein Institute and the German Certification Association for Professional Textile Services also appeared at the joint trade stand A 17 in Hall 9 under the motto: „Taking a stand. For quality and sustainability.”
One of the key themes at the trade stand was the RAL Quality Certification Mark 992 as a guarantee for safety through professional laundry services. The new Management Systems certification centre was also introduced. This tests and certifies companies operating within the textile service industry in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. These management systems create competitive advantages through optimised processes and increased customer satisfaction. The top theme of sustainability was also presented at the stand with the environmental labelling system Hohenstein Sustainable Laundry (HSL). The newly developed HSL method enables company-specific resource and energy efficiency and contributes to environmental protection. Another key topic presented at the stand was the importance of the professional preparation of modern functional textiles.
To accompany the trade fair, the Texcare Forum offered supporting events with a top-level international conference and lecture programme. Both visitors and exhibitors were able to find out about the trend topics for the industry, such as Industry 4.0, sustainability, textile innovations and training. Under the motto "The future of textiles and functions - opportunities for textile care", Dr. Andreas Schmidt, Managing Director of Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG, presented the opportunities for safeguarding the functional characteristics of PSA and emphasised the importance of renewing functions in textile care.
The awards from the specialist journal "Wäscherei + Reinigungspraxis" WRP were presented in front of a full auditorium. Prof. Dr. h.c. Josef Kurz from the Hohenstein Institute received the WRP Star industry trophy in recognition of his life's work. Speaker Martin Kannegiesser, Managing Director of Herbert Kannegiesser GmbH, praised his outstanding contribution to the industry. As the scientific director of the Chemical Cleaning research centre, Josef Kurz has made a significant contribution to the development of alternative solvents and optimised cleaning technologies. The available knowledge has enabled the Hohenstein Institute to become the world's leading research institute with regard to environmentally friendly cleaning processes.