research and development
© wfk

R & D

Germany has a strong network of textile research centers. The high-performance institutes are located in the former historical centers of the textile industry in Baden-Wuerttemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Thuringia. Thanks to them, the textile industry has turned from a traditional sector for clothing, home textiles and fashion into the world’s largest producer and exporter of technical textiles.

Beneficiaries are aviation, automotive and logistics as well as the construction and machine building sectors or the health care and energy industry. Smart Textiles or fibers with new surface properties are used more and more for clothing and home textiles.

Textile research gives priority to material research. It focusses mainly on new materials, fibers’ and fabric’s properties, composites, surface functionalization, production and processing technologies, material safety, value chain, resource efficiency and sustainability.

For more than 60 years now, FKT coordinates a network of actually 16 textile research institutes in Germany. About 1.200 researchers participate in national and EU funding schemes to develop new technologies and innovations in the field of fiber-based materials and textile composites giving input into many industrial growth sectors.

This unique textile research network links education, research and economy. Collective research projects initiated by SME are funded on a pre-competitive level in the scheme of Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Due to these research activities textile industry converted to a material supplier constantly renewing products, processes and services. FKT accelerates knowledge transfer of research results into SME by linking industry and science.

logo forschungskuratorium textil

Members Forschungskuratorium Textil

The Research Council of Textiles (FKT) has 14 full and three extraordinary members. Read more

Further contact:
Forschungskuratorium Textil e. V.
Reinhardtstr. 14-16
10117 Berlin

030 - 72 622 041

Research topics

all topics


Apparel textiles are today true high-performance materials that offer many additional functions - for work, medicine or simply for more comfort.


The term architecture sounds like concrete, glass and steel. But the future belongs to special textiles that make entirely new architectural solutions possible.

Blick vom Waldboden aus nach oben in die Baumkronen.

Basic topics

The German textile industry focuses not only on new textile products but also on environmentally friendly production and the saving of raw materials.

Windkraft, Solarpanel, Strommasten

Climate and energy

The German textile and fashion industry is a pioneer in the sustainable use of energy and faces up to the challenges of climate protection. (German version)

Einsatz Datenbrille in der Textilindustrie

Digital transformation in textile SMEs

Future-oriented solutions: highly innovative products and versatile R&D-projects are driving digitization in many areas. (German version)

Die Living Wall, ein IGF-Projekt der DITF in Denkendorf kann man am Forschungskubus auf dem Institutsgelände bei Stuttgart bestaunen.


Textiles have long been essential for food and water supply - as a water filter. In the future many more applications will be added.


Future City

Textiles can clean the air, shield heat, even dampen noise - they are the ideal material for the livable city of the future. (German version)

Hightex für die Medizin - Ein textiles Blutgefäß (hier: Stent).


Textiles are not just band-aid. Today, textiles fight diseases and heal - amazingly easy and often without the use of medical equipment.



Functional textiles change the living. Textile room dividers, glowing curtains, heating walls, self-cleaning carpets and floor covering with sensors are...

Carbon Fasern


Textiles can be used to charge electric vehicles and fuel hydrogen cars - light carbon fiber will soon be a must for cars and planes.

Research institutes

ITM - Institut für Textilmaschinen und textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik, TU Dresden

The ITM is one of the world's leading university research facilities and is part of the most efficient institutes of the Excellence University of Dresden.

Kiwa GmbH TBU

The institute is testing, inspecting and certifying and does research and development of geotextiles and products similar to geotextiles in the fields of...

TITV - Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e. V.

The institute for special textiles and flexible materials

ITCF - Institut für Textilchemie und Chemiefasern der Deutschen Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)

At the ITCF Denkendorf, new products such as high-tech fibres, compound materials and fibres made from biomaterials are developed in application-oriented...

DWI - Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials

In interdisciplinary cooperation, our scientists work on key questions concerning the development of new active and inactive materials.

STFI - Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V

The institute sets focus on user-oriented research and development of technical textiles, non-woven textiles as well as on testing and certifying services.

FTB - Hochschule Niederrhein, Fachbereich Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik

Our knowledge - your future

TFI - Forschungsinstitut für Bodensysteme der RWTH Aachen e. V.

We are the institute for research, testing and certifying in the field of construction and furnishing products in Europe.

FIBRE - Faserinstitut Bremen e. V.

We develop high-tech compound materials, fibres, production technologies and we are the right ones to contact in case of quality assurance and material...

ITV - Institut für Textil- und Verfahrenstechnik der Deutschen Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)

Application-oriented research: from the resource to the finished product - from the idea to the market.

TITK - Thüringisches Institut für Textil- und Kunststoff-Forschung e. V.

The research institute for polymeric function and construction materials

wfk - Cleaning Technology Institute e. V.

We develop your thoughts!

HIT - Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH

Textile competence put in a nutshell.

Facts and figures of IGF


small and medium-sized textile enterprises are active in the IGF


textile research institutes complete this commitment


million Euros the BMWi spent on funding textile IGF-research in 2019