Starting 2019: Four parallel sessions – with a special focus on industrial topics

Platform and most important meeting ground for exchange between executive management, experts & young professionals from industry and science

Aachen, Dresden und Denkendorf forming the 'textile triangle' of the future– creating textile future together

Partner Country 2019: Great Britain

Boasting over 650 participants at three conference locations, the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference is among one of the most renowned textile conferences in Europe. Based on the positive feedback, the organizers in long-standing support with the advisory board have decided to extend the textile conference to four parallel expert sessions. This increase in sessions will be realized in valuable cooperation with:

Forschungs­kuratorium Textil e. V., Berlin
Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie e. V., Berlin
VDMA, Textile Machinery Association, Frankfurt/Main

Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2019

Dresden: November 28-29, 2019

with plenary and keynote sessions and special symposia on


Current developments and products & market strategies & trends

  • with a focus on digitalization, industry 4.0/machine learning, artificial intelligence, innovative business models, flexibility and resource efficiency along the entire textile process chain

Best Practices: „Transfer – from idea to practice“

  • Presentation of current innovations (e.g. products, technologies, procedures) successfully transferred into the industry based on research cooperations, esp. IGF/ZIM, and start-ups

Technical textiles: protective & functional textiles and textile membranes

  • Personal and property protection textiles
  • Novel membrane designs for textile civil engineering
  • Smart textile sensors and actuators
  • Testing, standardization, certification

Innovative materials: polymer materials and functionalization

  • Development and modification of polymers and fibers
  • Functionalization, finishing and coating of fibers and textile structures
  • Surface and interface design, fracture behavior, characterization

New markets: fiber-reinforced materials & composites

  • High-performance materials and fibers
  • Textile 2D and 3D constructions
  • Machine development for textile manufacturing technologies and preforming
  • Modeling and simulation of structures and processes
  • Automated composite component manufacturing and testing technology
  • Applications (mechanical engineering, automobiles, wind turbines, aeronautics ...)
  • Waste reduction/material efficiency and recycling


Opening and Greetings (update: November 2019)

Prof. Dr. Chokri Cherif
Director of the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology at the TU Dresden

Prof. Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen
Rector at the TU Dresden

Dr. Rachel King
Economic Counsellor & Head of the EU & Economic Section, British Embassy, Berlin

Franz-Jürgen Kümpers
Board Member of the Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry, Berlin & Chairman of the Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V.. Berlin

Dirk Hilbert
Major of the state capital Dresden


Plenary lectures (update: October 2019)

PhD Iain Anderson, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, Auckland/NZ:
Wearable stretch sensor technology for motion capture and robotic communication on land and in the ocean

Rob Backhouse, Rolls-Royce plc., Bristol/GB:
Lightweight Structures – current developments and future opportunities for textile composites

Prof. Dr. Philippe Block, Dr. Mariana Popescu, ETH Zürich, Institute of Technology in Architecture, Zürich/CH:
Rethinking construction: fabric-formed concrete

Dr. Hassan El-Dessouky, Chris McHugh, AMRC with Boeing - Composite Centre, University of Sheffield, Sheffield/GB:
AMRC - Cutting-edge textile technologies for composites preforming and manufacturing: overview & case studies

Prof. Dr. Frank H. P. Fitzek, TU Dresden, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks:
Tactile Internet and Human-in-the-Loop

Prof. Achim Menges, University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD):
Rethinking architecture: digital and textile!

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe, University of Freiburg - IMTEK / Dep. of Microsystems Engineering:
Tailor-made surfaces - from bioinspired metamaterials to new tools for diagnostics and biomedicine


Keynote lectures (update: October 2019)

Jürgen Arnold, Huntsman Textile Effects (Germany) GmbH, Langweid:
Non-fluorinated DWR’s and the transitional challenges from Fluorocarbons

Dr. Marc Bovenschulte, Institut für Innovation und Technik (iit), Berlin:
Ecosystem for innovations: survival of the fittest

Virginia Bozsak, ARKEMA Innovative Chemistry, Colombes Cedex/FR:
A liquid thermoplastic resin system designed for the future

Johannes Diebel*, Robert Peters**, *Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V., Berlin, **Institut für Innovation und Technik (iit), Berlin:
Perspectives 2035 - the textile future

Prof. Mesut Günes, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Institute for Intelligent Cooperating Systems, Communication and Networked Systems:
Networked system in the age of IoT and Tactile Internet

Dr. Enrique Herrero Acero, Glanzstoff Industries, Tulln an der Donau/AT:
Cellulose a technical polymer to meet the upcoming sustainability challenges of circularity

Carmen Heidecke, Sabine Maass, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), Berlin:
From concept to market success - programmes for an innovative SME sector

Ph. D. Jae-Min Hong, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Institute of Advanced Composite Materials, Jeonbuk/KR:
Korean R&D for composites and carbon fibers

Prof. Dr. Paul Kiekens, Ghent University, Department of Textiles, Gent/BE:
Flame retardants for advanced textiles in an environmentally demanding world

Robert Klauer, VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG, Tettnang:
Microplastics of textile origin – approaches of avoidance in the textile supply chain on the example of an outdoor clothing manufacturer

Josef Klein, Hugo Boss AG, Metzingen:
Digital customized clothing – a future vision for Germany as textile production location

Prof. Dr. Karl Leo, TU Dresden, Institut für Angewandte Photophysik:
Organic semiconductors - from flexible solar cells to artificial brains

Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe, RWTH Aachen, Lehrstuhl für Controlling:
Glocal, smart and automated: new business model architectures in the age of digitalization

Frederic Masseria, ESI Engineering System International GmbH, Neu-Isenburg:
Manufacturing process: simulation of fiber reinforced composites – industrial software tools and state of the art in research

Prof. Marijke Mollaert, TensiNet, Brüssel/BE:
Recent designs of textile membrane structures for architectural applications

Mathilde Poulet, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd., Coseley/GB:
Thermoplastic comingled textiles for high volume manufacturing – the recycled carbon fibre solutions

Julian Reese, Daimler AG, Bremen:
Series production of thermoplastic fiber-reinforced composites - from fibers to components

Florian Strößenreuther, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH:
Direct Link 4.0: Focus is on the people - DORNIER customer portal myDoX®

Gerard Turk, Sigmatex (UK) Ltd, Runcorn, Cheshire/GB:
Performance predictions of 3D woven composites

Prof. Dr. Henry Yi Li, University of Manchester, School of Materials, Manchester/GB:
Advances in functional textiles and applications


Expert speakers from the following renowned companies are anticipated to join:

ARKEMA - Beck - BELCHEM - BIANCA-Moden - BIEHLER Sportswear - Bosch - CarboFibretec - Covestro - Daimler - Deininger - DILO - DORNIER - Dralon - DyeCoo Textile Systems - ELG Carbon FIBRE - ESI - Fibre - FusionSystems - Glanzstoff Industries - Hengstmann Solutions - Hugo Boss - Huntsman - Jakob Müller - Johne & Groß - KARL MAYER Technische Textilien - KIST - KraussMaffei Technologies - KROENERT - Low Bonar - LUNATIVE INDUSTRIES - ontec - P-D Glasseide - Paulsberg - SAERTEX - Sandler - Saurer - ScobyTec - Siemens - Sigmatex - Stoll - Strumpfwerk Lindner - Rieter - Rolls-Royce - Textilausrüstung Pfand - Trans-Textil - TWD Fibres - USTER - VAUDE - VÚTS - Wagenfelder Spinnereien - Vraktion - Wandelbots - Zschimmer & Schwarz ...


Insights into federal Clusters of Excellence and large-scale research projects by top-class international scientists from the universities and colleges:

Aachen - Auckland/NZ - Dresden - Durham/GB - Freiburg - Gent/BE - Magdeburg - Manchester/GB - Otago/NZ - Sheffield/GB - Stuttgart - Zürich/CH - ...


Program (update: November 2019)