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The Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) considers a wide range of application fields for textiles and has been an innovation partner and service provider for its customers for more than 25 years. Central offers are Research & Development, Testing & Certification, Education & Training as well as Transfer. The main topics of work at the STFI are in the fields of nonwovens, technical textiles, textile lightweight engineering, textile recycling, functionalisation, digitisation & Industry 4.0 and in the field of testing and certification services. The content and objectives of STFI's activities are primarily defined by customer inquiries and needs. The research activities of the institute are application-oriented and geared towards industry. The accredited testing body is constantly expanding its range of textile tests and extends it to testing non-textile raw materials such as glass, aramid, carbon and basalt. In addition to the Personal Protective Equipment Certification Body, the Certification Body for Geosynthetics is also listed under Notified Body 0516. The SME 4.0 Competence Centre Textil vernetzt sensitises and supports small and medium sized companies of the textile industry and textile machinery industry with suitable offers in unlocking the technological and economic potentials of digitisation. The objective is to further strengthen the innovative capability and competitiveness of the companies. In the 2020 project „futureTEX – Ein Zukunftsmodell für die Traditionsbranchen in der vierten industriellen Revolution“, STFI works with partners to develop visions and models for the future of the textile industry. Since 2006, the STFI is an affiliated institute of Chemnitz University of Technology. Furthermore, STFI is member of the Zuse association.


Review: Global Fiber Congress 2022

The world's largest fibre innovation congress took place for the 61st time in Dornbirn, Austria. More than 200 different companies and institutes were represented at the congress, well over 500 participants from all over the world attended the event from 14 - 16 September 2022. In addition to fibre innovations, smart and functional surface modifications, the main focus was set on circular economy and sustainability.


Techtextil Innovation Award for bio-based hygiene nonwovens

At this year's Techtextil, Patrick Engel, head of Center of Excellence in Nonwovens, and his colleagues achieved the Techtextil Innovation Award in the "New Concept" category. In cooperation with Kelheim Fibres GmbH and Sumo GmbH, he received the award for the development of a bio-based hygiene nonwoven – a good example of how research and industry are breaking new ground in sustainability through collaboration in an open innovation approach.


A visit to the SOS Children's Village Saxony in Zwickau

Donation certificate handed over

The SOS Children's Village in Zwickau was once again close to our hearts in our anniversary year 2022. Instead of a sea of flowers, we wanted our anniversary guests and well-wishers to make a donation to the SOS Children's Village in Zwickau. The amount collected makes us speechless and happy at the same time. On 20th of July 2022, Dr. Illing-Günther, Managing Director, as well as Berit Lenk and Kareen Pfab from the Public Relations team visited the Children's Village and handed the 6.930 € donation to Susann Pohle, head of the Children's Village, and Berthold Grenz. The money will be used to support the research station and the Children's Village's own bee project.

Research focus


  • Web formation
  • Fibre preparation and yarn production
  • Fibre-, spunbond- & meltblown nonwovens

Textile lightweight engineering

  • Production of oriented strand-like structures from recycled carbon fibres
  • Composite Production
  • Testing for composite materials

Techn. woven- and knitted fabrics

  • Weaving & Knitting (Knitwear)
  • Knitting (knitwear)
  • Embroidery

Functionalisation/Chem. analytics

  • Process development
  • Ecology & Environmental Protection
  • Textile chemical analytics

Digitisation & Industrie 4.0

  • Networked manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Simulation & Modeling
  • Data analysis and AI

Textile recycling

  • Nonwoven fabrics recycling
  • Carbon fibre recycling
  • Recycling of smart textiles

Internat. Cooperation/Transfer

  • EU projects
  • Research transfer
  • International Networks

Fibre Preparation & Yarn Production

  • Preparation of natural and man-made fibres
  • Tape, yarn and twine production
  • Processing of recycled carbon fibres

Smart Technical Textiles

  • Processing of fibre-optic materials
  • Processing of conductive materials
  • RFID integration in textile structures

Seminar Nonwovens

The STFI will continue its training seminars for the nonwovens manufacturing and processing industry, textile machinery manufacturers and other interested companies in 2022.





  • Accredited Textile Test Lab
  • Test method development
  • Standards overview & Consulting
  • Ökotex


  • Certification Body PSA
  • Certification Body Geosynthetics
  • Information & Consulting

Research Services

  • Contract research
  • Customer-oriented product development
  • Small batch production


  • Training offer
  • STFI events



You have the possibility of a virtual exploration at STFI. For this purpose, our futureTEX research and test field "Textile Factory of the future" with all its facilities was scanned by the company airmess GmbH from Dresden.

You can move freely around the room virtually and view individual plant technologies at close range. In the "Textile Factory of the Future", STFI scientists are working on topics related to digitalisation in the textile industry. Digital assistance systems, robotics, driverless transport systems and RFID technologies are the main components of the work in this field.

The virtual tour took place as part of the BBA project "Visit Saxony's Textile Hub", which is funded by the Saxon State Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport and implemented and coordinated by Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH.



Cooperations & Networks

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