“The trends in the industry are driven strongly by the demands of consumers “

“The trends in the industry are driven strongly by the demands of consumers “

Once again, Texprocess will be bringing together international processors of textile and flexible materials in Frankfurt from 14 to 17 May. How is the industry? What subjects occupy the attention of the processors? Elgar Straub, general manager of the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, gives an insight. Mr. Straub, how do you gauge [...] Read more...

Textiles evolve by themselves

Textiles evolve by themselves

If a pair of jeans lets in ventilation in summer (intentionally!) without any help from its wearer, we are talking about a ‘4D textile’ – for some people, this is the next generation of textiles. David Schmelzeisen from the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University explains what it’s all about. David, we [...] Read more...



Washday, when, once a month, kilos of dirty washing would have to be boiled, trampled, swung, rinsed and wrung, was not something that people particularly looked forward to in the past. The invention of the washing machine turned this back-breaking job into a thing of the past. But the notion of ‘washday’ remains. “For us, [...] Read more...

Dyeing with fruit and rhubarb

Dyeing with fruit and rhubarb

Anyone, who has removed the seeds from a pomegranate and, in doing so, has inadvertently got some of the delicious juice on their clothes, knows that the accidental batik-like colouring is damnably intense. No wonder, then, that this fruit has something of a reputation in the world of dyeing. “The pomegranate has been used to [...] Read more...

Automatically to China

Automatically to China

For many years, China was regarded as the ‘extended workbench’ of the West. However, these times are over. With enormous investments, the Middle Kingdom is being transformed into a high-tech nation. And this change is being felt by German textile-machinery manufacturers in the form of increased demand. In 2017 alone, around € 226 billion was [...] Read more...

Architects of the Digital Textile Micro Factory

Architects of the Digital Textile Micro Factory

“Here, we now have flexible processing technology with well-wired multifarious partner landscapes”, says Christian Kaiser describing the smart factory. However, pre-defined interfaces and a good plan are necessary until something like this can work. Kaiser is a research assistant at the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf and has fully interlinked the Micro [...] Read more...

Inspired by nature

Inspired by nature

Water and dirt repellent garments are often criticised on the grounds of sustainability. Outdoor clothing especially often still derives its functionality from per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). An interdisciplinary research product undertaken by German textile research institutes addresses this specific issue and takes its inspiration from fungi. Whether you are hiking, cycling or on the [...] Read more...

Textil vernetzt Source: Competence center Textil vernetzt

Digitalisation ‘live’

In the future, being networked – across the entire value-added chain, if possible – will also be a necessity in the textile processing industry. But where do small and medium-sized companies begin? Textil vernetzt supports medium-sized enterprises with digitalisation and provides opportunities for them to experience the topic ‘live’. Kirsten Rein Read more...

Stricken Knitting Techtextil Texprocess photo Messe Frankfurt Exhibition

3D knitwear of tomorrow

How can we describe the future for the knitting industry? What does the latest research have to say about it? What kind of action should be encouraged? How should we move forward? The latest research findings on the subject from Dr. Thomas Fischer of the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research (Deutsche Institute für ... Read more...

Blend Rewind_photo Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra Future Fashion: Blend Re:wind

Back to the future: The “Blend Re:wind” project, from the interdisciplinary research initiative Mistra Future Fashion, was created in 2011 by three partners: Chalmers University of Technology, the RISE Research Institute of Sweden, and the international forest-industry group Södra in Sweden. For six years, under the direction of researchers Dr. Hanna de la Motte and ... Read more...

Steitz Care / Kirsten Rein

Individualisation from scratch

The more individual a product is, the more its owner identifies with it. This is not just the case with personalised gifts, for example, but it is also true in daily life and, above all, working life: because personal protective equipment (PPE) only gets worn if it fits properly. This particularly applies to shoes. You ... Read more...

Textiltechnik Ausbildung / Foto: Hochschule Niederrhein/Kirsten Becken

The multi-faceted world of textile technology

When the discussion turns to jobs in the textile sector, most people immediately associate them with certain trades, e.g., tailoring or a traditional career in sales. However, there is much more to textiles than this. Kirsten Rein Read more...

Geometric form of a 3-layer spacer fabric with different layer thickness and pole yarn density ©FRA-UAS

Air-conditioned comfort without poles

Expanded foam spacer textiles are incredibly robust. A tent made from these three-dimensional textiles is not just strong and stable, but also has good insulation properties and is easy and quick to erect. With such a tent Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FRA-UAS) has won an award. Kirsten Rein Read more...

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Digital sourcing

Sourcing more rapidly, sourcing more on target – online procurement platforms make it possible. Lilliffer Seiler Read more...