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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.

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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
info@textilforschung.de

Research topics

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Apparel

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

Architecture

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.

Das Rotorblatt einer Windkraftanlage mit integrierter textiler Sensorik.

Energy

Textiles can heat, cool and harvest energy from the environment. They also help to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.

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

Food

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

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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).

Health

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

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Living

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

Carbon Fasern

Mobility

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

Production and logistics

Individuality, tailor made products, resource savings - the textile industry is constantly developing sophisticated new processes and materials.

Research institutes

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

The research institute for polymeric function and construction materials

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.

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...

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...

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.

DWI - Leibniz-Institute for Interactive Materials

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

wfk - Cleaning Technology Institute e. V.

We develop your thoughts!

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...

TITV - Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e. V.

The institute for special textiles and flexible materials

HIT - Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH

Textile competence put in a nutshell.

FTB - Hochschule Niederrhein, Fachbereich Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik

Our knowledge - your future

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.

ITA - Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University

We are an international research and training service provider for fibre-based high-tech materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing...

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.

DTNW - Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West

The German Institute for Textile Research North-West develops new textile finishings for tomorrow.

Facts and figures of IGF

2637

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

16

textile research institutes complete this commitment

18

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

Events

  • 09.11.2021

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    10.11.2021

    17:00

    Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2021

    • Location

      Stuttgart

    • Bundesland

      Baden-Württemberg

    • Branche

      Textile and Clothing

    • Event Type

      Convention

    • Topic

      Forschung

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    Das Institut für Textilmaschinen und Textile Hochleistungswerkstofftechnik (ITM), TU Dresden, die Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF) und das DWI - Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien organisieren seit über einem Jahrzehnt mit dem Forschungskuratorium Textil e. V. die ADDITC.

    Mit 4 parallelen Sessions – besonderer Fokus liegt auf der industriellen Relevanz - ist die Veranstaltung wichtigster Branchentreff zum Austausch zwischen Geschäftsleitungen, Fachexperten & Nachwuchskräfte aus Textilwirtschaft und Textilforschung. Partnerländer sind in diesem Jahr: Portugal und Spanien.

    Der Call for Papers für die Vorträge und Poster ist nun gestartet. Nähere Informationen dazu und zum Programm und zur Anmeldung finden Sie auf der Veranstaltungswebseite.