Next Tex Programme: 30 JAN – 01 FEB 2018

We are very excited to present the complete line-up of Next Tex exhibitors, speakers and partners!

Discover the next generation of textiles at our 4th Next Tex Innovations Showcase in collaboration with Munich Fabric Start. Alongside the hand-picked selection of exhibitors, there will be a series of lectures, panel talks, interviews and workshops further exploring the E-Textiles, BioTech and Advanced Manufacturing themes. Specially for this edition, we will be covering all Next Tex and Keyhouse activities with from our newly installed Press Lounge – read on for more info.


Next Tex Exhibitors:


• E-Textiles: Statex, Madeira, ZSK, UX.FTT, 

• BioTech: MycoTex by NEFFA, Kassim Denim, IndiDye by Expert Fibres

• Advanced Manufacturing: HTW Berlin, AITEX, Rainbow Winters, ITA - RWTH Aachen, DITF



Next Tex Lectures

Wednesday 31 JAN 15:00-17:00 @ The Keyhouse mainstage 

“The Future of E-Textiles, Biotech and Advanced Manufacturing”

Opened by Muchaneta Kapfunde, founding Editor-in-Chief of FashNerd, and moderated by Sourcebook CEO Marte Hentschel, Next Tex exhibitors and guest speakers discuss how their projects and businesses are transforming the industry landscape.

Introduction to Next Tex Lectures by Muchaneta Kapfunde

New Materials and Approaches for the Future of Fashion by Aniela Hoitink, Founder of NEFFA

After completing a degree in Fashion Design at the Utrecht School of Arts (1999), Aniela Hoitink went on to work for various fashion companies before launching the NEFFA textiles innovations lab in 2004. Here she created MycoTex – a 100% biodegradable material made from mushroom mycelium – as an alternative response to fast, disposable fashion.


Smart Clothes and the Digitalization of the Household Laundry Care Process by Prof. Monika Fuchs, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin

The smart home sector will grow rapidly in the next few years and we can expect sophisticated, automated laundry care to lead the domestic revolution. Since 2006, Monika Fuchs has been a professor of clothing technology, and in her talk she will focus on how smart clothes will enable the digitalisation of the household laundry care process, which is set to dramatically reduce the workload for the consumer and save on resources.


A Versatile Opportunity for E-Textiles by Melanie Hoerr, Manager of Technical Embroidery Applications at ZSK

Melanie Hoerr is a technical embroidery and smart/medical textiles expert, having studied and worked at the Textile Institute (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University before becoming the Manager of Technical Embroidery applications at ZSK in 2016. For her presentation, she will provide an overview of technical embroidery techniques and their possible applications, as well as introducing the beautiful and functional embroidery work of designer Jacky Puzey.


Supporting Creative Minds to Develop Innovative Products: An Introduction to the WORTH Partnership Project by Korinna Molla, International Projects Technician of WORTH / AITEX

The WORTH Partnership Project creates and supports transnational collaborations between fashion designers, creatives, SMEs and tech firms looking to develop innovative products or processes. Successful applicants – which has included NEFFA – can receive up to €10,000 for each project and receive coaching and advice on everything from materials sourcing to product market positioning and branding.



Next Tex x RIFT Panel Talk

Thursday 1 FEB 11:00-12:00 @ The Keyhouse mainstage

“How can Future Technologies embrace Sustainability?”


Moderated by sustainable fashion and textiles guru Max Gilgenmann, Lina Pfeifer: regional representative for Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Aniela Hoitink of NEFFA, operations manager of Expert Fibres Martin Thorkildsen, and Sourcebook’s very own CEO Marte Hentschel, discuss how to sustainably embrace new technologies so that traditional manufacturers can smoothly transition to Industry 4.0.



Next Tex Workshops @ The Next Tex workshop space:


Tuesday 30 JAN

11:00 - 11:30 Hands-on Smart Athleisure Fashion with Marina Toeters, founder of

16:30 - 17:00 When Fashion makes Music with Esther Zahn, founder of UX.FTT  


Thursday 1 FEB

10:30 - 11:00 Introduction to Conductive Fibres with Sven Böhmer, head of sales at Statex

14:00 - 14:30 Introduction to Ultrasonic Dyeing Technology with Martin Thorkildsen, operations manager at IndieDye



The Next Tex schedule will also be available in the Munich Fabric Start ‘Munique’ magazine as well as our printed brochure and information screen, which can all be picked up on-site.


It’s not too late to register for your Munich Fabric Start visitor ticket, and if you have any queries regarding Next Tex, please don’t hesitate to contact our Events Manager Christine Braun – we look forward to seeing some of you next week!



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