From May 14 to 17, the leading international trade fair for textile and flexible materials processing will take place, the Texprocess, in Frankfurt, Germany. This year, it will highlight the themes of automation, personalization, and sustainability in today's digital world.

If the calls for the abandonment of the fast-fashion are becoming more and more numerous, it remains very difficult to fully guarantee compliance with ethical and responsible standards of brands, so complex is the production chain of a garment.

At certain stages of this process, and in particular during the harvesting and production of textile fibers, compliance with labor standards and environmental protection requirements remains very vague.

In terms of eco-responsibility, the permanent shipment of samples of materials, colors, and prototypes, as well as the blends of defective products and the non-optimized placement of cut parts, are done to the detriment of the natural resources of our planet and lead to a massive waste of the latter. In this sense, it is therefore impossible to ensure 100% of the reliability of a so-called ethical and sustainable brand. In any case, without digital.

This is what is at stake today for software providers in the textile industry. They create and deliver smart software and systems solutions that make supply chains more transparent and that harness the potential for optimization at all stages of garment production.

Currently, thanks to digital technologies, it is therefore already possible to visualize the production and development of the garment until the final version. Three-dimensional patterns that provide a true representation of colors and materials contribute to successful modeling, while 3D Bodyscanner systems provide a high quality fit.

As a result, unsold collections that benefit from poor fabric quality and fit can be reduced. There is also a placement process software that saves additional natural resources, because here the textile is optimally used with as little waste as possible of it.

But digital technology does not only participate in more eco-responsible production. Indeed, it also contributes to monitoring compliance with workers' conditions.

Via communication platforms, the customer is able to know whether audits concerning working conditions have been carried out, and also whether improvements have been made. In terms of profitability, this is beneficial because adjustments are possible in real time. Delivery performance is in practice now traceable via the route up to the time of arrival of the container in the port. It also makes the actual carbon footprint predictable.

With the latest software solutions provided, manufacturing and production processes in the fashion industry can be sustainably improved, and resource use, waste generation and emissions greatly reduced. However, lawmakers believe there is a need to act and increase pressure at national and European levels.

For anyone interested in understanding how new technologies are shaking up the production chain and participating in the transformation of textiles, the Texprocess meeting is not to be missed. The exhibitors, from more than 30 different countries will answer your questions and show you the effects of automation, digital, as well as Big Data and artificial intelligence on the textile value chain.