Textile impulses for the future: Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2021

The Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference was held in Stuttgart on November 9 and 10.

The next ADD International Textile Conference will again be held as a face-to-face event as usual. On December 1 and 2, 2022, the DWI invites you to Aachen. Information you will find here as of December.

The German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) organized a digital event this year after the conference in 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19. 360 participants from 25 countries and four continents took the opportunity to be present at one of the most important European technical congresses. The conference is organized annually in alternation by the institutes ITM Dresden, DWI Aachen and DITF Denkendorf.

More than 60 lectures in plenary sessions and three parallel sessions were on the program. Experts from industry and research reported on research results and marketable textile innovations in the fields of high-performance fibers, fiber composites, medical textiles, functionalization and textile machine construction. The topics of the conference focused on the upheavals that the textile industry has to cope with due to the digital transformation and the requirements of a sustainable circular economy. 

Under the motto "From idea to practice", the Forschungskuratorium Textil e. V. presented successful cooperation projects from the IGF-ZIM program in a separate transfer session, in which representatives from science and industry jointly developed and successfully implemented products and processes. Speakers from this year's partner countries Portugal and Spain gave a comprehensive insight into the textile industry and research of both countries with lectures and discussion contributions.

The conference program was complemented by a virtual exhibition of companies and institutes as well as more than 100 scientific posters.

Three of the poster presentations were awarded the Best Poster Award of the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2021:

Ruben Czichos1, Andrea Miene2, Holger Ahlborn1, Daniel Thal2, Joachim Greiner1, Peter Middendorf1, Axel Herrmann2
1Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Flugzeugbau, Stuttgart (Germany)
2Faserinstitut Bremen e.V. (FIBRE), Bremen (Germany)
Realistic mesoscopic modelling of braided fibre composite structures using laser triangulation

Ebba Fransén Waldhör1, Maxie Schneider1, Puttakhun Vongsingha2, Lukas Boxberger3, Christiane Sauer1, Paul Denz2
1Weißensee School of Art and Design, DXM - Design and Experimental Material Research, Berlin (Germany)
2Priedemann Facade-Lab GmbH, Großbeeren (Germany)
3Fraunhofer IWU, Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology, Dresden (Germany)
ADAPTEX – Adaptive textile shading system for facades with integrated shape memory alloy (SMA)

Clemens Lindner London (UK), Sun Tao, Munich( Germany), Jonas Schikore, Munich (Germany)
TU Munich (Germany)
Adaptive shading Systems – a development for transformable grid structures



Cooperation partners of the ADD International Textile Conference:




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