The innovation prize at MUNICH FABRIC START – vision becomes reality.

Fashion is more than just a product. It is the result of a complex and multifaceted process that edges ever more strongly into our social consciousness. Never before has there been so much attention and sensitivity focused on sustainable production, transparency processes and new technology and innovation.

MUNICH FABRIC START’s HighTex Award is an innovation prize that honours new and pioneering product developments in the fabrics and additionals segment. Participation by market-leading companies in upstream textile supplies is a clear indication of how important it is to create scope here for a wide public audience.
The HighTex Award has managed to make it possible in the Here and Now to experience a part of the future with innovations in the following categories: High-Tex, Technology, Smart Fibres, Sustainability, Resource Efficiency, Finishing, Special Finishes, Functionality, Health and Circular Processes. Other criteria involved here look at process feasibility and marketability.

“This proves how MUNICH FABRIC START supports and honours the great and often cost-intensive commitment of innovative and creative companies in cooperation with innovative brands to trigger new and future-oriented product impulses.”
Sebastian Klinder, Managing Director at MUNICH FABRIC START

This very much involves interaction with KEYHOUSE with regard to Smart Textiles, smart process solutions, sustainability, innovative highlights,biotech and digitalisation. Supplemented by sustainable innovations. Explore the winners and select innovations of the HighTex Awards will be presented at KEYHOUSE on all three trade fair days.


Italian jersey producer Brugnoli manufacturesknitted fabric from bio-based polyamide and recently registered a European patent both for the production process and for the fabrics themselves. With its Br4tec5 fabric the manufacturer has landed a sustainable textile innovation: this eco-friendly fi bre blend made of pure merino wool, 100% bio-based polyamide (Evo by Fulgar) and 3% spandex is a new take on classic piqué. Compared to conventional production methods it also uses 20% less water and energy.

‘Our efforts are aimed at creating new textile technologies and translating them into performing and high fashion fabrics. We are pleased that this is clearly paying off and that our efforts are being rewarded. We believe that there is a demand on the market for sporty fashion, especially in the form of high-quality fibres and manufacturing technology solutions. We cater to this demand with our processed elastic membranes, polyamides and sporty jacquards.’
Stefano Vailati, Sales Manager Brugnoli

Silk producer Cocccon manufactures luxury textiles in India fairly and with an environmental conscience. By piercing and trimming the cocoon the silkworm can hatch and is not killed in hot water like it is in conventional manufacture. The anti-allergic fabrics are handwoven by highly trained weavers for a fair payment and dyed without toxic chemicals. The first GOTS-certified Organic Silk Denim is also biodegradable. The silk-like material PET2Silk, presented for the first time at Munich Fabric Start, is made from recycled PET bottles.

‘The award is of major importance to us because it confirms our product philosophy and at the same time helps us to communicate it even more widely. We have been the world’s largest producer of organic silk for two years. This motivates us and we are constantly developing new products on this basis. The jury of the HighTex Award was convinced by a denim-look silk shirt that requires only a fraction of water compared to conventional denim production and foregoes chemical additives.’
Chandra Prakash Jha, Cocccon

Italy’s Reca Group produces packaging, cards and plastic and metal labels for the high fashion segment. On the polyurethane fabric ALM06 an array of visual and tactile effects can be achieved by means of high-frequency embossing and printing. Depending on perspective, different words and colours thereby become visible. Th is special procedure means that product copies and forgeries can be avoided in the sportswear and accessories segment.

‘At Reca, we believe in progress and innovation through constant investment in research and development. That’s why every season we put a lot of energy not only into new designs but also into the further development of our products. This is reflected by constantly improving product quality and also by new solutions for consumers. The most recent examples are labels that develop new optics with different light incidence and applications that work on the basis of heat setting rather than stitching. The fact that we are among the winners of the HighTex Award of MUNICH FABRIC START confirms us in our efforts.’
Marcello Tarabini Castellani, Sales Area Manager Reca Group