The upcoming edition of Munich Fabric Start, taking place from 30 August to 1 September 2016, and BlueZone happening from 30 to 31 August 2016 in Munich, MOC Zentrum, will surprise insiders and visitors.

New line-up of panels

Among novelties on show there will be a series of new panels, seminars and round tables focused on the markets' newest megatrends, innovations and hottest topics.

Out of a wide series of round tables, on 30 August, the show will host a Sustainability Panel called “How to build my sustainable brand - from scratch to store”. The talk will concentrate on how companies and insiders can refine steps of the supply chain and replace outdated technology. The discussion will involve Isaac Nichelson (Recovertex), Tricia Carey (Lenzing), Stefano Aldighieri (Arvind), Alberto Candiani (Candiani Denim), Miguel Sanchez (Archroma), Andrea Venier (Officina39), A. Tonello (Tonello), Salman Choudhry (Odo San Francisco), Anton Luiken (Remo), Michele Ruffin (Okinawa) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans). Moderating the panel will be Panos Sofianos, exhibition manager & new business, Bluezone, and Sabine Kühnl, editor-in-chief, Sportswear International. The discussion will take place at 2 pm at the new Keyhouse area in hall 5.

Impressions from the spring/summer '17 edition of BlueZone/Munich Fabric Start
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Impressions from the spring/summer '17 edition of BlueZone/Munich Fabric Start

Other interesting discussions will focus on new employs of smart technology in fashion. On 31 August the Smart Materials & Fashion Tech Infusion Talks will also take place. Topics of discussions will be: “Rapid Prototyping in a Hybrid Open Source Environment by Fab Lab Berlin”, “Path to Energy Personalization: The Mantis Experience” and “Laser Cutting Technology in Textiles - The Inforce Yoga Collection” involving Marte Hentschel, CEO Sourcebook; Daniel Heltzel, communications & strategy manager, Fab Lab Berlin; Srijna Jha; founder, Mantis Green Tech; Lilien Stenglein, designer in Residence/Elektrocouture. The event will take place at Keyhouse, hall 5 at 4pm. At 5pm, at the same location, a panel discussion on technology applied to fashion will follow and will involve the previously mentioned experts.

Impressions from the spring/summer '17 edition of BlueZone/Munich Fabric Start
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Impressions from the spring/summer '17 edition of BlueZone/Munich Fabric Start


New products on show

Among various new developments and technologies Blue Zone will also host the first commercial denim fabrics incorporating Invista's new Thermolite Pro innovations for new generation of self-warming winter jeans. The new Thermolite Pro available in two offerings for the denim segment - Thermolite Infrared technology and the patented Thermolite Dual Layer – will be presented for the first time to the market by denim weavers Calik Denim, Tejidos Royo and Orta.

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ITV will present a series of new groundbreaking technologies and sustainable treatments including their Wine-Tex technology employing grape leftovers.



New life course for MFS

As previously announced, for this August 2016 edition Munich Fabric Start will disclose two new pavilions – the Keyhouse and Catalyzer.

These two new halls will add the show’s exhibiting space an additional 2,500 sq. meter area aimed at presenting a selection of most innovative and pioneering segments and products. The portfolio of fabrics, additionals and services will comprise some 1,700 collections from 1,000 more suppliers.

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Keyhouse, the new Hall 5, will host some of most progressive suppliers and global players from a variety of different sectors. The atmospheric industrial setting will occupy over 1,000 sq. meters and will set on show pioneering smart textiles, future fabrics and technologies with a high degree of integration between textile products and high fashion. Completing the offer of this newborn pavilion will also be sustainable developments, expert workshops and trend seminars. Main aim of this debuting new area is to become a think tank of technical textile expertise, strategic company cooperation, use of resources and cross-sector technologies.

“With Keyhouse we have created a key focus in the truest sense of the word as it provides scope for new products and segments with great development potential,” commented Wolfgang Klinder, managing director, Munich Fabric Start. “Here innovative and progressive suppliers have the opportunity to launch their ideas and concepts in an exclusive setting and to make them accessible to a broad and qualified audience.”

Trend inspiration at Munich Fabric Start
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Trend inspiration at Munich Fabric Start

Reboot for Bluezone

Hosting over 100 denim and sportswear brands, the Bluezone is ready for disclosing quite some impressive novelties for this edition, too. From now on this section dedicated to denim, casualwear and sportswear fabrics will occupy two halls. The All Star Mills Bluezone in Hall 7 will present an international selection of denim, sportswear and leisurewear powerhouses. In addition eyecatching trend forums will provide information on pioneering developments, finishes, colors and styles.

At Catalyzer, hosted inside the new Hall 6, denim heritage and blueprints will be showcased with a focus on sustainability and innovation. This interplay of key components in product design and presentation will also be conveyed by consciously chosen architecture elements able to make tradition meet with modernity. The preserved building substance of solid stone walls is meeting natural light and lightness thanks to large glass domes and open steel girders. The original spatial layout was intentionally kept intact thanks to some unique design solutions.

“Catalyzer is a supplementary area at Bluezone that decisively reinforces and sharpens the range for denim and sportswear,” commented Sebastian Klinder, managing director, Munich Fabric Start. “The additional area makes it possible to further deepen product definition designers and buyers gain and ensure even more comprehensive insight into the current developments and creative input concepts for denim and sportswear.”

Denim displays at the last edition of BlueZone
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Denim displays at the last edition of BlueZone

By taking this new path Munich Fabric Start wants to meet the textile market’s new challenges. As explained by the show’s management, companies are seeking new ways, altered profiles and communication concepts today, as the narrative aspect is gaining greater importance, and communication and synergies have become indispensable in order to launch innovative products and solutions.

Munich Fabric Start and the Bluzone will occupy a total of 42,500 sq. meters and, thanks to their renovated concept and new additional halls, add significant value, offer information and the possibility to increase networking activities for suppliers and visitors.