The semiannual textile show Munich Fabric Start announced its extension of this year’s services and products portfolio via Munich Apparel Source, which will offer a narrower focus on manufacturing and sourcing opportunities for attendees. The show runs from Sept. 5 to 7 in Munich, and is colocated with Bluezone and Keyhouse.
Munich Fabric Start will launch fall 2018 collections and feature more than 1,000 suppliers, 90 of which are international, first-time exhibitors. Attendees can peruse more than 800 fabric offerings and 280 international suppliers from 36 countries. The show will also showcase its Design Studio, which offers proprietary prints and design solutions.
Munich Apparel Source, located nearby at MTC Premiere, will align with Munich Fabric Start to introduce a “new stage” in the value chain. The show will incorporate services offered by more than 200 multinational sourcing offices and manufacturing companies, which include production services for high-end finished goods and Cut-Make-Trim solutions. The show’s robust conference and seminar program offers attendees additional insights on sourcing and opportunities, ranging on topics from design and production to management of point-of-sale systems. Holger Knapp, the general manager of Deutscher Fachverlag, will host the conference.
Wolfgang Klinder, the managing director of Munich Fabric Start, said, “The expectations linked to the complex and logistically demanding manufacturing and sourcing processes in the textile and fashion industry necessitate the synergy of two complementary and synched events such as Munich Fabric Start — one of the most successful trade fairs for Fabrics and Additionals — and the new Munich Apparel Source — the format specialized in manufacturing and sourcing.”
Bluezone, the largest European denim show, will present more than 100 brands this year, according to show organizers. Talks and workshops for attendees will be presented in its “Denim Club” and a new feature called “The Infinite” will relay upcoming denim tactics and trends. Keyhouse focuses on new technologies, future fabrics, bionomics and macro trends, such as high-tech fibers and sustainable innovations. Keyhouse will also feature its Microfactory, which illustrates the integrated textile production chain from designing to finishing. For the first time this year, Bluezone and Keyhouse have been extended to exhibit for the full three days, due to high demand.
Sebastian Klinder, the managing director of Munich Fabric Start, said, “The complex and synchronised event format comprising Munich Fabric Start as one of the leading international trade fairs for fabrics and additionals, Munich Apparel Source Fair as the ‘service center’ for manufacturing and sourcing processes, Bluezone as one of the most important and complete denim shows, and the Keyhouse as a creative and innovation lab make a clear statement in favor of a modern and progressive corporate strategy toward the future. And all of this is supported by a comprehensive service package and partnership-based co-operations.”
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