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From idea to transfer

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).


Training for textile specialists

STFI Akademie Course Programme 2023

Qualified skilled workers are also becoming increasingly difficult to find in the textile industry. The STFI therefore offers modules and courses for specialist qualification and further training under the name "STFI Akademie". Jens Stopp and Denise Braun, both long-time employees of the STFI, manage the Akademie. In the following interview, they present the new field of competence.


13th Automotive Lightweight Technology Expo

STFI at Asia's leading trade fair for automotive lightweight technologies

For the first time, the company Rucks Maschinenbau GmbH, Glauchau, and the STFI are presenting themselves on a joint exhibition stand. The results of the long-standing cooperation will be presented at the Automotive Lightweight Technology Expo in Tokyo (Japan) from 25 - 27 January 2023.


Aachen – Dresden – Denkendorf

International Textile Conference 2022

The Aachen - Dresden - Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2022 is one of the most important textile conferences in Europe. Connecting research and industry, it offers a concentrated exchange on the latest developments in the fields of textile chemistry, finishing and functionalisation, textile machinery, processes and composites.



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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