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The winners of the Hightex Award demonstrate a future with photocatalysis and stinging nettle

Already for the third time now the HIGHTEX AWARD was presented as an exclusive innovation prize at MUNICH FABRIC START. Specially designed on the basis of the latest technological material and process innovations in modern 3D production by VOJD Studios Berlin.

The winners were announced at the last MUNICH FABRIC START in Munich from 5 to 7 September 2017. Forming the perfect backdrop for this was the KEYHOUSE venue as a centre of innovation and expertise for new, smart fabric and additionals development.
A photocatalytic denim that binds air particles via sunlight thanks to its special finish made Kassim Denim the winner of the HighTex Award. At the award ceremony Qasim Ahmed highlighted the wholistic innovative and sustainable approach focused on by Kassim Denim with its new developments.
Schoeller Textil from Switzerland took second place with a sustainable soft shell fabric combined with merino wool.
Third prize went to Vilartex from Portugal, awarded for a new fibre combination containing 13% stinging nettle, thereby highlighting a new way of using a natural raw material that can be sustainably cultivated.
The requirements of the market, but especially consumer demands in terms of innovation, added value, functionality and USP, are constantly on the rise. With this innovation award MUNICH FABRIC START honours and encourages the efforts and endeavours of leading fabric manufacturers and findings producers to invest even more in future-proof product developments.

Offering new formats and solutions for the textile industry MUNICH FABRIC START sucessfully makes visions reality

The latest MUNICH FABRIC START from 5 to 7 September 2017 was a very special one and to a certain extent served as an indicator for the trade fair's future direction. Numerous innovations, developments and optimisations were once again used to visualise ideas giving the sector a platform for creativity and technical developments.

Centre stage at the event now expanded both in terms of floor space and content were the (for the first time) over 2,000 collections from 1,200 international suppliers. BLUEZONE – which had been extended by one trade fair day to run over three full days - was presented with a revisited concept as one of the world's biggest denim+sportswear shows with over 110 brands. Celebrating its debut at the Munich trade fair location was MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE as a logical consequence in order to present the segments of design, manufacturing, including fabric and findings sourcing in their entirety and with continuity. Designed as an interface and innovation and competence centre for international vendors, KEYHOUSE proved a major attraction once again. Numerous products – from new fibres and innovative fabrics through to consulting and novel finishes – saw their market launch in Munich. Altogether 20,500 visitors from Germany and abroad were able to convince themselves of this dynamic trade fair offer, segmented in themed areas. This means another slight increase in attendance of just above 1%, which was registered after the end of the trade fair in addition to an extended length of stay over all three trade fair days.


For the very first time, MUNICH FABRIC START creates a deeper insight into textile industry 4.0 – on the basis of the MICORFACTORY, which will be showcased at KEYHOUSE during all three fair days from 5th to 7th September 2017. The MICROFACTORY makes visitors experience the completely networked and integrated production chain from design through to finishing.

Starting point is the development of the creative design in CAD. Using a 3D simulation the design is processed for cutting out and sewing. These processes are realized by Assyst GmbH, a subsidiary of the Human Solutions Group, and Printcubator by Mitwill. The TexPrint programme of the company ErgoSoft enables the design color data to be processed for digital printing. Best colour accuracy can be guaranteed due to the use of the multispectral technology by Caddon. In a next step the individual designs are printed onto transfer paper of the company Coldenhove via Mimaki sublimation printing machines. Optimum printing results are ensured through the thermal transfer on calenders of the brand Heatjet. The system partner Multi-Plot provides Turnkey Solutions for the entire process stage. Due to the identifying tags, the job is detected in a camera-assisted manner. Using the markings supplied, the system identifies the exact location and cuts the material to size fully automatically in accordance with the selected job parameters. This is done on cut systems of Zünd Systemtechnik AG. In a last step the individual elements are assembled live into a finished product with welding and tapping machines manufactured by Paff.

Altogether eleven technology partners and material sponsors have joined to make the process experienceable for visitors. The MICROFACTORY has been coordinated by DITF (Deutsche Institute für Deutsche Textil- und Faserforschung).

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