Heimtex Opens to the World ... Americans Too
January 13, 2010,
FRANKFURT; Germany--And now there are Paris Hilton sheets too.
Heimtextil, the huge trade fair that is all textiles for the all the people, opened for business this morning here, offering up any imaginable bed, bath, window and table product, even bedding featuring the likeness of pseudo-celebrity Paris Hilton. The majority of products on display from the 2,500 exhibitors--off slightly from last year--were of a decidedly more practical nature, a fact showgoers appreciated.
Not quite a majority of those products were on stands belonging to countries from the Asian continent, reflecting the ongoing migration of the textiles industry from the West to the East. For the first time ever, German-based companies were not the largest national contingent, overtaken by India with 385 exhibitors. China was only one company behind Germany with 380 booths although if you included Hong Kong companies the number went well past the 400 mark.
No matter where they came from, showgoers were continuing to grapple with a still sluggish economy that is rebounding about as fast as an ancient shuttle loom wove fabric. But some attendees said they welcomed the new year and the chance to start anew.
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