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Faszination Textil

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).


STFI Akademie Breakfast

Exchange on the topic of skilled labour qualification and further training will take place on 14 May 2024 in Chemnitz

STFI's second Akademie breakfast will take place on 14 May 2024 in Chemnitz. This event will serve as an open industry exchange on the topics of recruiting and qualifying skilled workers.


STFI-Newsletter Edition 2024 - 2

The latest edition of our STFI newsletter includes details of projects that will be showcased at our stand at Techtextil from 23-26 April 2024. It also features an interview with STFI recycling expert Johannes Leis and information about upcoming events at our research institute.


Techtextil 2024

STFI presents fascinating highlights of textile research from 23 to 26 April 2024 at Techtextil in Frankfurt am Main.

STFI will be presenting fascinating, high-end textile products and solutions of tomorrow at Techtextil 2024. The highlights from current research results and innovations provide an insight into the digitalisa-tion of textile production, show applications for 3D printing and smart technical textiles and provide examples of particularly sustainably designed products as well as innovative approaches for protective and medical textiles.



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 I Composites

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

Intelligent Production Systems

  • 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 PPE
  • 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.



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