Competitive Edge through Networking

Technical and functional textiles are increasingly opening up new application fields by incorporating novel and customised functions. They already constitute over 50 percent of textile production and represent an important growth market.

Knowledge exchange is the key to acting successfully on the market in the future. That is the intention of the "Textile Innovation" network. It offers excellent opportunities to establish cooperations across the boundaries of technologies and industries by providing access to a diversity of companies and institutes. Among these you can select a suitable partner for developing tomorrow's innovations.

The "Textile Innovation" network was establishedby Bayern Innovativ, in cooperation with the Association of the Bavarian Textile and Clothing Industry, in 2004. 

Bayern Innovativ is the centre for knowledge and technology transfer in Bavaria. It is a publicly held company intiated by the Bavarian State Government to support innovation processes - especially in SMEs.

With congresses, studies and a professional internet portal, the "Textile Innovation" network has been expanded into an sustainable network structure including experts and users. Although based in Bavaria, the network acts on an international scale.

Today, more than 900 companies and 80 institutes from 15 countries actively contribute to the open "Textile Innovation" network.


The target groups of the "Textile Innovation" network include among others:

  • Companies from the textile and clothing industry from all stages of the textile chain
  • Industries using functional textile materials and technologies like the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, personal and property protection, industrial engineering, sports and lifestyle, medicine and hygiene, home textiles, etc.
  • Other sectors and technologies which contribute to the development and production of textile materials like the chemical fibres industry, (textile) engineering, new materials (ceramics, plastics, metals, etc.), biotechnologies, chemical industry, electronics, etc.
  • Scientific institutes attached to universities or independent research institutes

The network is supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology.



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