The winner of this year’s innovation price HIGHTEX Award by MUNICH FABRIC START is Becker Tuche from Aachen. The company has been awarded for a new, super lightweight and highly functional product development consisting of a combination of wool and Cordura with spandex. Despite the low weight, the new fabric has a high abrasion resistance and a very high water vapour permeability.The new product is ideal for outdoor styles, streetwear and corporate fashion.

“I am very pleased with this Award. For more than a year now we at Becker Tuche have looked into mixing various clothing segments from fashion, sportswear/outdoor, Corporate Fashion and workwear. Against this background the Wool Performance series combines classic wovens in wool and wool blends with such functions as wind breaking and waterproofing well-known from sportswear. The result is an individually coordinated quality portfolio fit for many applications. In response to the strong interest we are currently developing other fabrics made of wool/Cordura with technical functions.”
Peter Recker, CEO Becker Tuche, Aachen

The second place was received by Soorty Enterprises for “Rain Shield”, an extremely light, recycled and water-repellent denim in Tencel/Nylon blend that impressed not only numerous features but also with its elegant look. The fast-drying, water-repellent, heat-insulating and form-resistant product also scored with a soft grip and subtle gloss finishing.

“At Soorty we are convinced that developing innovations is a fundamental responsibility. We are engineers by conviction and attach great importance to working restoratively and regeneratively. The product lifecycle starts with a design and its optimisation. This is how we develop products that “sound out” the limits of responsibility and benefits. ‘Rain Shield’ is characterised by a GOTS-certified surface treatment and bears the Bluesign seal thereby complying with the strict ecological and toxicological requirements. Rain Shield is a combination of Tencel and Repreve, recycled from post-industrial waste.”
Salman Moten, Sr. Manager Marketing & Business Development-Denim, Soorty Enterprises

Mectex by Manifatture Italiane Scudieri came in third place with two Hyperlight 3Layer fabrics and the associated continuous development of innovations and functional materials. The Italian company always finds new ways and solutions to combine comfort and function perfectly and is known for its high-tech developments in the sportswear and outerwear segment. For example, heat-insulating, reflective and ultra-light qualities with water-repellent, bacteria-resistant and breathable graphene membrane that glow in darkness.

“We are pleased to be among the winners of the HighTex Award of the MUNICH FABRIC START. Our development standards, especially the award-winning NEXFLOW GRAPHENE and NOXFLOW COMBO FLUO / ALUMINIUM articles, stand for our domain of technically highly developed and trend-setting innovative materials in the segments active wear, technical clothing and accessories for extreme sports. In addition, our fabrics offer a high utility value and optimal wearing comfort.”
David Head, Export Manager at Mectex by Manifatture Italiane Scudieri srl

MUNICH FABRIC START presents the HighTex Awards for innovative high-tech and sustainable product developments, the assurance of transparent processes and supply chains as well as for investment in the development of new technologies and re-organisation.

“The HighTex Award forms part of an overall conceptual approach to smart process solutions, innovative highlights, bio engineering, digitalisation and sustainable developments. MUNICH FABRIC START supports companies’ willingness to innovate and develop resource-saving materials and processes.”
Frank Junker, Creative Director MUNICH FABRIC START