30 JAN 2018 · 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
31 JAN 2018 · 9:30 am – 6:30 pm

30 JAN 2018 · 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
31 JAN 2018 · 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
01 FEB 2018 · 9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Hall #5

Be inspired & create future - the new KEYHOUSE in hall 5 is the innovation and competence center for textiles presenting future-oriented and business-related concepts with a highly innovative approach in a concentrated manner. This interactive trade fair format forms a backdrop for smart textiles, future fabrics and technologies with a high degree of integration in textile products and high fashion. Pioneering showcases, sustainability, new technologies and value creation processes are put in a spotlight in the context of cross-sector macro trends, rounded off by expert workshops and seminars on trends, technology, finishing and research.




„The organisers have managed to create an inspiring setting at KEYHOUSE that links two mega trends. One driver is sportswear and the other technology. Both together sketch out the future path for the fashion and textile industry. The participative and interactive concept of this new unique hall gives these developments a further push.”
Pierre-Henry Servajean, Bolid'ster


Hall #5

The MICROFACTORY, coordinated by DITF (Deutsche Institute für Deutsche Textil- und Faserforschung), showcases live the completely networked and integrated production chain from design through to finishing at MUNICH FABRIC START.
Experience how efficiently the translation of trends and the rapid response to market demands can be realized even for borders with batch size one. Use the chance to test the industry 4.0 for your business on site by the example of a custom running shirt made of Schoeller fabrics!

Step #1

CAD/DESIGN - Starting point is the development of your creative design in CAD. Using a 3D simulation the design is processed for cutting out and sewing. For this purpose, identifying QR codes as well as position markers are integrated into the production order for later localization. These processes are realized by Assyst GmbH, a subsidiary of the Human Solutions Group, and Printcubator by Mitwill.

Step #2

PRINTING - 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. 

Step #3

CUTTING - 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. 

Step #4

ASSEMBLING - In a last step the individual elements are assembled live into a finished product with welding and tapping machines manufactured by PFAFF. 


You can explore the MICROFACTORY on your own or as part of a guided tour.
Choose between an English or German guided tour on these dates:

  • Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 7 September 2017:
    10.00am & 2.00pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 and 6 September 2017:
    12.00pm & 4.00pm
  • Thursday, 7 September 2017:



DITF accompanies you on your path to manufacturing custom, personalised products on demand. To this end the DITF experts will be available to answer any questions and provide information on the whole process. 


*Without prior registration and free of charge.