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In view of the current market developments and globally changing production locations 5 to 7 September 2017 will see MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE open its doors in Munich for the first time. Running concurrently with MUNICH FABRIC START some 200 international manufacturing firms will present their range of products, process solutions and services in the field of manufacturing and sourcing in Munich.

The range is addressed to European brands and retailers seeking reliable production partners with high quality standards worldwide. The aim here, in particular, is to present new sourcing countries and their potential, their solutions and services. Thanks to the two complementary trade fair formats this complex portfolio now enjoys a joint platform in Munich.

"Many sourcing firms today have started offering A-Z process solutions. They cover both design and the entire manufacturing process including sourcing fabrics and findings. In this respect it is logical to present these segments together in their entirety. We are in the comfortable position of being able to offer this range" Wolfgang Klinder, Managing Director MUNICH FABRIC START

This means MUNICH FABRIC START is expanding its portfolio to include the next stage in the value added chain offering with MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE a comprehensive service and product portfolio at one location. The range of services from internationally experienced sourcing offices and manufacturing companies with European designers and ready-to-wear clothing manufacturers comprises both cut-make-trim (CMT) solutions and high-end, full-range production.

These days fabric sourcing and manufacturing can no longer be separated from one another, says a convinced Wolfgang Klinder and highlights the added value for both visitors and exhibitors arising from two concurrent trade fairs focusing on complementary product and production sectors:

"The high demands of the complex and logistically elaborate production and sourcing processes in the textile and fashion sectors necessarily require the synergy of two complementary and synchronised events like MUNICH FABRIC START as one of the most successful trade fairs for fabrics and additionals and the new MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE specialised in manufacturing and sourcing."

A complex conference and seminar programme at the MTC will also provide information on the ground-breaking aspects of sourcing and forthcoming revolutions in the fashion sector.

At the kick-off to MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE 5 September 2017 will see holding of the conference "patterns x.0 – Digitalisation of the Value Added Chain" shedding light on the future of the fashion industry. International experts and global players in the sourcing industry will provide a strategic outlook on global market developments and megatrends for the industry. Digital verticalisation, mass customisation, 3D printing... What is the current status so far? And what does the future hold? What is just another buzzword? And what is the trend that will turn the sector on its head?

"We – those behind MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE and the team at business4brands – are convinced there are no more important and, at the same time, more difficult questions for the fashion market at present. The fashion sector is facing not just one but a whole series of major revolutions. Here e-commerce is just the forerunner of the digital wave that will change everything – the entire value added chain and its networks. Digitalisation is not a new channel but the opportunity to adopt a new mindset and come up with new solutions" Hans Peter Hiemer, Managing Partner business4brands

Moderated by Holger Knapp, Managing Director of the publishing house Deutscher Fachverlag, patterns x.0 highlights areas of optimisation and potential and brings the revolution a step closer thanks to successful global players and case studies in the sourcing industry:

» Amazon: Successful End-to-End Integration of Real-Time Made-to-Measure Production
» Asos: Speed Sourcing "As Seen on Screen" – Forward Integration for New Online-Based Business Models
» Abercrombie & Fitch: Sourcing goes Vertical – Successful Cooperations between Producers and Online Retailers

Find more information on the conference in the event programme: » Show lectures programme

The first MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE will see suppliers from North Africa, Asia along with Central and Eastern Europe as well as from EU member states like Portugal being invited to present their products and services at the MTC – in the immediate vicinity of MUNICH FABRIC START at the MOC as well as the BLUEZONE on the Zenith site. To ensure optimum exploitation of entire portfolio and smooth visits of both events a frequent and free shuttle service will run between the MOC and the nearby MTC, the venue of MUNICH APPAREL SOURCE.

The continually growing MUNICH FABRIC START with BLUEZONE and VIEW as a Preview Textile Fair has for years now been providing an excellent stage for a complementary portfolio and is always setting new standards. For instance, the last MUNICH FABRIC START at the start of this year was the most successful edition since its inception.

On the basis of this expertise and the great response it generates among the international fashion and textile industry this expansion adding a further affiliated event is the next consistent step in a future-oriented trade fair strategy.

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