Heimtextil 2023

Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess are well positioned for the future with a new management team

Frankfurt am Main, September 13, 2022. The textile fairs Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess of Messe Frankfurt will start under new management in the future. Bettina Bär will be responsible for managing the home textiles segment at Heimtextil from September 15, 2022. Meike Kern will continue to be responsible for the home textiles segment in the dual leadership of the international trade fair for home and contract textiles. Bettina Bär succeeds Sabine Scharrer, who will take over the position of show director of the leading international trade fairs Techtextil and Texprocess and the brand management. She succeeds Michael Jänecke, who will retire on January 1, 2023.

Sabine Scharrer / Photo: Messe Frankfurt
The leading trade fairs for technical textiles and nonwovens as well as for the processing of textile and flexible materials, Techtextil and Texprocess, will be under new management from January 1, 2023. Sabine Scharrer takes over the role of show director from Michael Jänecke, who is retiring after more than 30 years at Messe Frankfurt.

Sabine Scharrer has been with Messe Frankfurt since 1996 and has worked, among other things, for the company's technical trade fairs abroad and as manager of consumer goods trade fairs, including Ambiente. The trade fair expert has been responsible for the home textiles segment at Heimtextil since 2016. In this position, she was particularly able to further develop product ranges for interior designers and established the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Library, among other things. She also focused on the increased integration of the textile pre-stage areas of Textile Technology and Fibers and Yarns into Heimtextil. In her new role as head of Techtextil and Texprocess, she would like to further expand the leading trade fairs internationally in cooperation with industry partners and thereby leverage the worldwide synergies of the brand events of Messe Frankfurt in the area of ​​technical textiles and textile technology.

Bettina Bär will take over management of the home textiles segment at Heimtextil from 15 September. She forms a dual leadership with Meike Kern, who successfully manages the home textiles segment at Heimtextil. Bettina Bär has been with Messe Frankfurt since 2012. During this time she acted, among other things, as show director in the segment of consumer goods fairs and most recently as show director at Neonyt; the fair for fashion, sustainability and innovations.

Bettina Bär will bring many years of experience in the trade fair business and in-depth knowledge of the consumer goods, textile and fashion industry and sustainable developments to her new position.

Bettina Bär / Photo: Messe Frankfurt
In the future, she would like to advance Heimtextil with new ideas, strengthen relevant market segments, including interior, architecture and hospitality, and promote sustainable solutions. The close cooperation with industry participants as well as associations and exhibitors on an equal footing is fundamental for Bettina Bär. The current challenges of the industry should be tackled together. Bettina Bär forms a strong management duo with Meike Kern, who has been in charge of the home textiles segment for 14 years and has decades of experience at textile trade fairs. With her extensive knowledge of the market, the customers and their needs, she ensures stability as a duo, especially in these socially and economically challenging times. Together they will promote Heimtextil as the most important platform for home and contract textiles worldwide.

“We are delighted to have found the right person to manage Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess. With their experience and personality, the colleagues will certainly make a decisive contribution to the further development of the textile trade fairs and also support our position as the world market leader in the textile sector. With a team that is actively tackling the current challenges in the industry, we are in the best possible position for the future,” confirms Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt.

Meike Kern / Photo: Messe Frankfurt
After more than 30 years at Messe Frankfurt, Michael Jänecke will retire on January 1, 2023. He has been in charge of Techtextil since 1992, and in 2013 he also took on the role of Show Director at Texprocess. With absolute passion, in-depth specialist knowledge and extensive industry experience, Michael Jänecke has played a key role in shaping the leading international trade fairs and has built them up to their current importance in the market. Thanks to continuous development and growth, 2019 was the largest edition of Techtextil and Texprocess to date. Michael Jänecke was responsible for the internationalization of the leading trade fairs in close cooperation with the subsidiaries and exhibitors. He also expanded the synergies of Techtextil and Texprocess, which are now held in Frankfurt and Atlanta as a joint trade fair. As an expert in the textile industry, he accompanied partners, exhibitor advisory boards, committees, associations and visitors from all over the world with extensive know-how and a wealth of experience.

Michael Jänecke / Photo: Messe Frankfurt
“With Michael Jänecke, the longstanding head of Techtextil and Texprocess is leaving us. Without his passionate commitment, Techtextil and Texprocess would not be what they are today: the industry's leading international trade fairs. During this time he has accompanied the industry through crises and supported growth. He established Techtextil and Texprocess as the most important platform for international exchange in the textile industry. Last but not least, he was a valued colleague who will leave a gap in the Messe Frankfurt team. We wish him all the best for his retirement from the beginning of next year,” says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Messe Frankfurt.

The Heimtextil event will take place from 10 to 13 January 2023.
The Techtextil and Texprocess events will take place from April 23 to 26, 2024.

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