Design & Development Textile Consult, the organizer of Performance Days in Munich, and Reed Exhibitions’ Functional Fabric Fair powered by Performance Days, its U.S. counterpart since 2018, have announced the launch of Performance Days Loop. The new digital platform provides access to a comprehensive, 365-day marketplace for functional fabric manufacturers that currently includes more than 8,000 products from nearly 200 suppliers. The collaboration between Design & Development and Reed Exhibitions is expected to result in an expanded exhibitor portfolio, enhanced reach for sourcing professionals and expanded participation in face-to-face and online events. The organizers expect the online marketplace to grow to more than 12,000 products from more than 250 international suppliers in its first full season. Performance Days Loop features a matchmaking tool that helps procurement professionals access a global pool of suppliers and products based on their needs and capabilities as well as 3D visual technology to simulate the design, look and feel of fabrics.
In addition to Performance Days Loop’s year-round capabilities, the platform will also host digital trade events that coincide with face-to-face events and offer an online version of the usual program of talks, panel discussions and workshops. The Performance Forum, where curated trends and innovations can be discovered, will also be part of the new platform to showcase exhibitor innovations from the global portfolio of Performance Days and Functional Fabrics Fair. In addition, activewear designer Nora Kühner will present Performance Colors, the color chart for the outdoor industry, in conjunction with the platform.