The textiles and clothing industries have made the transition from traditional techniques and materials to an innovative high-tech industry. Textile applications have successfully found access to diverse sectors such as construction, energy, healthcare, environmental protection and transportation. The field has mainly overlaps with the production technology and with the new materials and surfaces.
About 200 textile and clothing companies with 24,000 employees are based in Baden-Wuerttemberg, in particular in the areas of technical textiles, clothing and house and home textiles. The value chain is almost completely covered, including textile machinery, textile chemistry and supra-regional effecting distribution structures. Currently Germany is the world leader in the export of technical textiles, which nowadays account roughly half of the total textile production. The medium-sized textile and fashion companies in Baden-Württemberg - especially in the Neckar-Alb region - experience not least through this leadership to increase their competitiveness.
In particular, for the textile industry in Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is subject to a structural change for a long time, the development of new materials and surfaces for innovative products in the field of technical textiles is of central importance. So under the umbrella of the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF) the largest textile research center in Europe has established with more than 300 scientific associates. Here, the Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering Denkendorf (ITV), the Institute for Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers Denkendorf (ITCF) and the Center for Management Research (DITF-MR). Further research units are the Hohenstein Institute and the University of Reutlingen and Albstadt-Sigmaringen unite.