Forschung & Entwicklung

Textile is innovative – FKT is in charge.

Our organisation Forschungskuratorium Textil (FKT) is responsible for coordinating the pre-competitive research in the funding programme Joint Industrial Research for 16 German textile research institutes that cooperate closely with textile companies nationwide to continuously develop high-tech textiles as well as new highly efficient and sustainable production processes. And we are successful: No other industry submits as many funding applications as the textile sector. 

What is the current state of the art? What is still being researched? Are you looking for answers – on these and other questions? We are the most important point of contact for obtaining general information on the current state of the textile industry – for representatives from industry, science, politics and journalists. Or is there anything else you would like to know? Please call or write us an email. We look forward to the exchange.

Any interest in participating?

If you are positively answering that question, than please have a look on our website: Our new category running projects ( gives you an impression on the research, our institutes are working at currently. We constantly keep the list updated. So please stop by regularly. If you find a project, to which you would like to contribute your expertise, then please contact the institute that is named and ask for further information.

Fundamental research is important for small and medium sized enterprises (SME), to keep up with new trends. Still quite often they are not able to finance such projects. The programme “Industrial Joint Research” (IGF) starts at that point by supporting outstanding research projects as well as the networking between SMEs and research institutes. Currently the Ministry of Economics and Energy provides 169 million Euros per year for this purpose. In 2019 approximately 18 million Euros flowed into textile IGF-funding alone.

IGF is the main purpose of the German Federation of Industrial Research Association „Otto von Guericke“ e. V., which is the one industry based network for supporting research, transfer and innovation in medium-sized companies. It unites 101 non-profit research associations including about 50 000 enterprises and 1 200 research institutes to make fundamental research possible. The textile industry is represented with nearly 2 700 businesses and 16 research facilities.

Laufende Forschungsprojekte

Abgeschlossene Forschungsprojekte

Forschung & Entwicklung

Institute Description Contact
DITF-MR - Zentrum für Management-Research der Deutschen Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF)

Industry 4.0 on its way into the textile industry. The DITF stand in front with innovative solutions to secure the way into the textile industry.

Karin Ehrlich |
DTNW - Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord-West

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

Elke Roskothen |
DWI - Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien

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

Julia Wette |
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 characterisation.

Christoph Hoffmeister |
FTB - Hochschule Niederrhein, Fachbereich Textil- und Bekleidungstechnik

Our knowledge - your future

Iris Siebgens |
HIT - Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH

Textile competence put in a nutshell.

Alina Bartels |
ITA - Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University

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

Viola Siegl |
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 research.

Ulrich Hageroth |
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.

Dipl.-Ing. Annett Dörfel | www.tu-dresden/mw/itm
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

Dipl.-Journ. Sabine Keller |
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 production and application.

Dr. Melanie Strutz |
STFI - Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V.

The institute is dedicated to application-oriented research & development of technical textiles, nonwovens as well as testing and certification services.

Kareen Pfab |
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.

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

The research institute for polymeric function and construction materials.

Steffen Beikirch |
TITV - Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e. V.

The institute for special textiles and flexible materials.

Dipl.-Ing. Sabine Gimpel |
wfk - Cleaning Technology Institute e. V.

We develop your thoughts!

Stefanie Piornack |