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MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE debuted with manufacturing sourcing services

Celebrating its debut at the Munich trade fair location from 5 to 7 September 2017, MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE was as a logical consequence in order to present the segments of design, manufacturing, including fabric and findings sourcing in their entirety and with continuity.

Thus, MUNICH FABRIC START has expanded its portfolio to include the next stage in the value added chain offering with MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE a comprehensive service and product portfolio at one location. The range of services from internationally experienced sourcing offices and manufacturing companies with European designers and ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers comprised both cut-make-trim (CMT) solutions and high-end, full-range production. Almost 200 international manufacturing companies from 15 countries were on site, among them companies from Germany, Bangladesh, China, India, Italy and Turkey. This new trade fair was kicked off by the patterns X.0 conference on the digitalisation of the value chain with an excellent line-up of speakers. It was hosted by Holger Knapp, General Manager at Deutscher Fachverlag. Answers, outlooks and examples from manufacturing and distribution processes were presented by co-organiser Hans Peter Hiemer, b4b GmbH besides Robert Sinclair President of Li&Fung, Hong Kong and Martijn Hagman, CFO of Tommy Hilfiger/PvH Europe, to name but a few speakers.

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.