The international textile show Munich Fabric Start that started on August 30 is nearing to it closing, while the Bluezone only lasted until yesterday, August, 31st.




The show was mostly attended by visitors from German-speaking and Northern European countries, but less from other nations, for obvious reasons.

The Source
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The Source
Despite the show appeared less crowded than in the past, attendance figures seem to confirm similar levels as last edition held in September 2021, according to the show’s organization. “The number of visitors was stable when compared with last year,” commented Sebastian Klinder, managing director, Munich Fabric Start. “The Bluezone, in particular, might have appeared less crowded than during our last edition as it hosted fewer pavilions. In fact. A year ago the Keyhouse hosted in Hall 6, was closed and our new pavilion The Source (hall 8) was inaugurated for this edition. Therefore, the concentration of visitors was lower than people could move in wider spaces and through some bigger booths this August,” he added.
Sebastian Klinder, Munich Fabric Start
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Sebastian Klinder, Munich Fabric Start
While the mood of visitors seemed generally relaxed and optimistic for the possibility to meet in person in a physical show and start interacting live again, many difficulties are causing preoccupation among insiders, exhibitors and visitors at present.
Bluezone trend area
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Bluezone trend area
A difficult industry scenario
Many problems continue to cause consistent worry like, for instance, post-pandemic slower working rhythms and consumption levels, the Ukraine-Russia war, the increased prices of raw materials and of cost transportations together with star-levels of inflation in most countries like, for instance, 80% in Turkey, 21.8% is Spain, 8.4% in Italy and 7.8% in Germany.





To aggravate the global situation, also a recent devastating vast monsoon flood hit Southern Pakistan, adding up its damage to previous floods in July in other parts of the country.

Imatex
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Imatex
According to Reuters, the disaster record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Northern mountains blamed on climate change are affecting more than 33 million people, over 15% of the country's 220 million population. Hard sequences have been sensed for local people as more than 1,190 people were killed by the flood, many were left without homes, infrastructures and work. 





As, according to Bloomberg.com, around 40% of the labor force relies on agriculture for employment, whereas food harvests and trees were heavily hit, about half of the cotton crop was destroyed. As a consequence, local enterprises will have to face strong difficulties and the market will have to face a vast shortage of cotton, including unknown results in terms of prices. The UN estimates an at least US$10 billion damage for the country.

A round table held during MFS. Left: Andrew Olah (Transformers Foundation), Tahla Kahn (Pakistan Environmental Trust), Alberto Candiani (Candiani Denim), Yucel Bayram (Kipas) and Johannes Stephan (Lenzing Group)
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A round table held during MFS. Left: Andrew Olah (Transformers Foundation), Tahla Kahn (Pakistan Environmental Trust), Alberto Candiani (Candiani Denim), Yucel Bayram (Kipas) and Johannes Stephan (Lenzing Group)
Other cries for the increase of energy sources are coming for the denim and fabric manufacturing industry as generally high energy-eating sectors. Alberto Candiani, president, Candiani Denim, participated in a talk hosted by Transformers Andrew Olah together with Johannes Stephan (Lenzing Group), Yucel Bayram (Kipas) and Tahla Kahn (Pakistan Environmental Trust). Candiani explained that the energy cost’s situation is unbearable as while his fabrics that costed more than €5 per meter in January 2021, they are now €7.5 and might soon reach €9. He also pointed out that 30% of their sales is used for paying energy, which means about €30 million out of their €100-130 million yearly sales.





“We know it’s not paradise…”
Despite the difficult situation, the show has offered a very positive occasion for insiders to meet, exchange experiences, discover new trends, try to find solutions for facing such a very complex moment and also have some fun. “We know the present moment is not a paradise at all, but we are happy of the work we did and the results we reached,” commented Klinder, Munich Fabric Start. “Everything is complex. There are limited travelling opportunities, limited available budgets and many problems to solve in every context and company, but we think we have reached some very good result,” Klinder said.

The Source
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The Source
“We offered a very good mix of experiences including entertainment, and reached a very good levels in terms of quality exhibitors and attendance, especially considering the overload of fabric shows that is around,” he added. “We have also organized a party for our 50th edition, we loved. There was no need to do it, but we want to give back something to those who support us. Especially At this moment, I think that there is an over load of fabric show.”
Munich Fabric Start party
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Munich Fabric Start party
Talks, seminars and collaborations
A huge offer of events, talks and prize giving also characterized this edition, underlining the intention to support the industry in finding new solutions and exchanging opinions.
Lenzing's Blue Lenz Award giving at Bluezone (left, Lenzing's Tricia Carey, Crtescent Bahumann's Zaki Saleemi)
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Lenzing's Blue Lenz Award giving at Bluezone (left, Lenzing's Tricia Carey, Crtescent Bahumann's Zaki Saleemi)
Especially interesting were the talks organized in collaboration with Transformers Foundation. “This collaboration is not meant to be one shot,” commented Klinder. “We will study how to continue this type of collaboration,” he added.





Among a vast offer of speeches, especially interesting was the round table that hosted Manteco, Marc’O Polo and RWTH Aachen University that pointed out how LCA methodology can offer new tools to fabric manufacturers in supporting their partners.

The Source
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The Source
Novelties from the show
Among key novelties, Munich Fabric Start hosted The Source, for the first time, within the same building hosting Motorworld, an automotive culture and lifestyle hub just next door to the show’s other halls. The pavilion hosted about 60 exhibitors from Turkey, Portugal, Greece and China, offering a good variety and mix of high-end manufacturers. Despite the beautiful location was slightly detached from the rest of the show, some exhibitors complained about it and expected more street signs showing the direction. “Everything can be bettered, obviously,” commented Klinder. “Though, we know that every new section requires two or three editions before it can reach most functional results.”




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