Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference postponed to 9-10 November 2021

The current measures and the uncertainty of how the COVID 19 pandemic will develop in the coming weeks and months are causing insecurity. The economic situation, which is tense for many, is affecting planning in companies, institutes and associations.

We, the organizers ITM Dresden and DWI Aachen, have therefore decided to cancel the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2020. The conference in Stuttgart planned for this year will be postponed to 9-10 November 2021.

This decision was very difficult for us and we regret it very much. For thirteen years, the ADD International Textile Conference, which is organized in annual rotation by DWI Aachen, ITM Dresden and, since 2016, DITF Denkendorf, has been one of the most important textile conferences in Europe. The international platform for experts from science and industry is a fixed point in the calendar of the textile industry. In 2019, the range of high-caliber lectures was extended from three to four parallel sessions.

This is our claim and we would like to be able to offer you this high standard at every conference.

The very hesitant response to this year's Call for Papers as well as detailed consultations with representatives from the industry, associations and institutes and above all with the advisory boards of the ADD ITC show that this year it will be difficult to attract a large variety of presentations and many participants for a fruitful exchange. This is not least due to the financial burden caused by the lockdown. It is also completely unclear how many participants from abroad could leave or enter the country.

We take the concerns of our partners very seriously and have now drawn the consequences. We hope for your understanding and look forward to organizing and conducting the next conference in 2021 together with you as usual.

We will keep you informed about the further planning.



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 2020: Portugal and Spain

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 2021

Stuttgart: November 9-10, 2021

with plenary and keynote sessions and special symposia on


Textile mechanical engineering ideas – quo vadis?

  • Flexibilization towards lot size 1 and small series
  • Industry 4.0
  • New products through machine innovations
  • Resource and energy efficiency

Opportunities with new materials: High-performance fibers and fiber composites

  • Carbon fibers, ceramic fibers, bio-based fibers
  • Fiber modifications, secondary spinning, recycling strategies, process technologies
  • Shaped fiber compounds, polymer matrix materials
  • Insight into new advanced materials – simulation and testing systems

Competitive advantages and sustainability: Functionalization, new finishings

  • Sustainable coating and finishing chemicals
  • Coating, laminating
  • Environment-friendly processes
  • Textile printing

New challenges: Medical textiles / medical technologies

  • Sensory and actuatory medical devices
  • Personalized medicine
  • New biomaterials, drug delivery
  • Resorbable polymeric implants for the support of regenerative processes

New applications, new markets

  • Textile building, architecture
  • Mobility
  • Energy
  • Environment

Transfer Session ”From Idea to Practice“

  • Presentation of innovations (e.g. products, technologies, processes) transferred into the industry from research co-operations, especially by IGF/ZIM