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Textile recycling

Textile recycling is a traditional main research, focusing on mechanical processing methods such as cutting and tearing as well as different methods of re-use of recycled material. Attention is also paid to recycling-friendly engineering and design development of technical textiles and recycling of smart textiles.

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Your contact

Bernd Gulich
Manager Center of Excellence in Nonwovens

Phone: +49 371 5274-204



Textile recycling

  • Cutting, cut-grinding and tearing of textile waste, also from special fibres, e.g. carbon, aramid, glass
  • Material cycles and recycling-friendly construction
  • Nonwovens and mats made from torn fibres and textile shreds
  • Secondary recycling
  • Recycling of smart textiles



Your contact

Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Gulich
+49 371 5274-204

Needlepunch nonwovens, knitted nonwovens, stitch-bonded nonwovens, textile recycling, automotive textiles

Johannes Leis, M. Sc.
+ 49 371 5274-254

Textile recycling





Carbon fibre recycling

The following technologies for processing carbon fibre waste into isotropic or anisotropic nonwoven structures are available:

  • Fibre preparation by using modified cutting and tearing technologies
  • Web forming technologies
  • Inline bonding methods
  • Inline quality monitoring systems

Your contact

Katharina Heilos, M. Eng.
+49 371 5274-227

Dipl.-Ing. (BA) Marcel Hofmann
+49 371 5274-205





Cooperation network for sustainable textile recycling


The ZIM network RE4TEX® (Recycling for Textiles) focuses on activities related to the recycling of textile production waste.


The optimisation of existing and the development of completely new recycling processes, the application of processes from other sectors and the instruments of recycling-friendly design as well as sustainable management are strategic fields of action of the network and are considered within the framework of the network activities. Actors from different fields come together to develop and implement innovative approaches to solutions for process and technology applications by combining existing competences.

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Cooperations & Networks

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