Munich, 30th January 2019 – The winner of this year’s Innovation Award presented by MUNICH FABRIC START is Becker Tuche from Aachen. The company received the award for a new product development combining wool and Cordura with spandex – super lightweight and highly functional. By Becker Tuche’s account, the woven fabric features high abrasion resistance despite its low weight as well as very high water vapour permeability. Preferred areas of application are light outdoor styles as well as streetwear and corporate fashion.
"I am very pleased with this Award. For more than a year now we at Becker Tuche have looked into mixing various clothing segments from fashion, sportswear/outdoor, Corporate Fashion and workwear. Against this background the Wool Performance series combines classic wovens in wool and wool blends with such functions as wind breaking and waterproofing well-known from sportswear. The result is an individually coordinated quality portfolio fit for many applications. In response to the strong interest we are currently developing other fabrics made of wool/Cordura with technical functions."
Peter Recker, CEO Becker Tuche, Aachen
Alex Vogt, Sebastian Klinder, Peter Recker, Frank Junker, Simon Angel
The runner-up was Soorty Enterprises winning the 2nd place with an extremely lightweight, recycled and water-repellent denim in a Tencel/nylon blend. ‘Rain Shield’ convinced the jury with its elegant look in addition to numerous properties such as fast-drying finish, water-repellence, thermal insulation and shape retention. Furthermore, the denim boasts a super soft hand and is finished with a discreet shine.
"At Soorty we are convinced that developing innovations is a fundamental responsibility. We are engineers by conviction and attach great importance to working restoratively and regeneratively. The product lifecycle starts with a design and its optimisation. This is how we develop products that “sound out” the limits of responsibility and benefits. ‘Rain Shield’ is characterised by a GOTS-certified surface treatment and bears the Bluesign seal thereby complying with the strict ecological and toxicological requirements. Rain Shield is a combination of Tencel and Repreve, recycled from post-industrial waste."
Salman Moten, Sr. Manager Marketing & Business Development-Denim, Soorty Enterprises
Alex Vogt, Salman Moten, Simon Angel, Frank Junker
With ‘Hyperlight 3Layer’ and the associated continuous development of innovations and functional materials Mectex by Manifatture Italiane Scudieri came in third. The Italians are known for their high-tech developments in the sports and outerwear segment and come up with new ways and solutions for fusing comfort and function time and again. As is the case with a reflective, heat insulating fabric that glows in the dark or an ultra lightweight material with a graphene membrane that is both water-repellent, antimicrobial and breathable.
"We are pleased to be among the winners of the HighTex Award of the MUNICH FABRIC START. Our development standards, especially the award-winning NEXFLOW GRAPHENE and NOXFLOW COMBO FLUO / ALUMINIUM articles, stand for our domain of technically highly developed and trend-setting innovative materials in the segments active wear, technical clothing and accessories for extreme sports. In addition, our fabrics offer a high utility value and optimal wearing comfort."
David Head, Export Manager at Mectex by Manifatture Italiane Scudieri srl
Sebastian Klinder, Alex Vogt, David Head, Claudia Mynott, Simon Angel, Frank Junker
MUNICH FABRIC START presents the HighTex Awards for innovative high-tech and sustainable product developments, the assurance of transparent processes and supply chains as well as for investment in the development of new technologies and re-organisation.
"The HighTex Award forms part of an overall conceptual approach to smart process solutions, innovative highlights, bio engineering, digitalisation and sustainable developments. MUNICH FABRIC START supports companies’ willingness to innovate and develop resource-saving materials and processes."
Frank Junker, Creative Director MUNICH FABRIC START
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The award-winning products and other outstanding innovations will be exhibited at the HighTex Forum of KEYHOUSE over the full duration of the trade fair from 29 to 31 January 2019.

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