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The Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (STFI) in Chemnitz has been an outstanding innovation partner and service provider for its customers since it was founded in 1992. Textile materials have shaped our activity profile ever since. The non-profit institute addresses technical and social issues through an open, interdisciplinary and reliable approach. At STFI, the main topics of research and development are technical textiles, nonwovens, lightweight textile engineering, functionalisation, recycling, digitalisation and Industry 4.0. Additionally, STFI gathered many years of experience and expertise in textile testing as well as certifying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and geosynthetics. In the future, the STFI will continue along this path and establish the Center for Textile Sustainability in the next step. The STFI has been an affiliated institute of the Chemnitz University of Technology since 2006. Furthermore, it is actively involved as a member of the Zuse Association and the Saxon Industrial Research Association (SIG).


BMWK SME Innovation Day 2023

On 15 June 2023, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) invites you to the Innovation Day for SMEs. The open-air event illustrates the forward-looking successes of innovative SMEs as well as the effectiveness of the federal government's innovation funding, which is open to all topics and sectors.



Sustainable nonwoven developments for Geneva

The world's leading nonwovens fair INDEXTM is taking place at Lake Geneva from 18 to 21 April 2023. A trade fair team from the Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstituts e.V. (STFI) will be on site presenting news from nonwovens research at STFI, such as a bio-based hygiene nonwoven, the recycling of high-performance fibres using the example of the VliesSMC project, an innovative tubular liner system and water-jet nonwovens made from recycled fibres will be on show.



Open Call until 30 April 2023!

As part of the EU project BIONANOPOLYS, an innovation platform is being developed consisting of an OPEN INNOVATION TEST BED (OITB) with 14 modernised pilot plants and complementary services to support technological and economic activities. STFI is a project partner and joins the OITB with a meltblown nonwoven plant and a fibre nonwoven plant. The aim is the production of innovative nano-products from sustainably obtained raw materials for packaging and textiles as well as for the agricultural, cosmetics, pharmaceutical or food sectors.



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





  • 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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