“The Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies sector is experiencing good growth this year: In the months from January to August 2017, the German manufacturers were able to report an increase in order intake of 22.2 per cent in real terms compared to the previous year,” explained Elgar Straub, Managing Director of VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, at the industry meeting and the general assembly of the trade association in Coccaglio, Italy. Sales recorded only a slight year-on-year decline of 2.1 per cent in real terms. Manufacturers of sewing and garment technology, shoe and leather technology, laundry and textile cleaning technology as well as machines for processing technical textiles were already able to increase their exports by 5.6 per cent from 883 mn euros (2015) to 932 mn euros (2016) by 2016. The most important export markets in 2016 were Poland, the USA and Italy.