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DITF Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung

Booth number: 2036

About us

DITF (German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research) Denkendorf assist industry on process and product development. The research spectrum covers material as well process engineering over the entire textile chain from the polymer to product.

The focus is on technical applications such as development of new high-performance fibers, new and adaptive processes in fiber and yarnproduction as well as in textile finishing and textile functionalization. In the field of e-textiles we use innovative micro and nanotechnologies to create textiles with sensory, indicating and actuating characteristics.

Another focus is on textile-based solutions for lightweight construction. And we utilize the potential of digital IT and communications technologies for the textile industry to install "Textile 4.0".

Established in 1921 as a foundation under public law DITF today is the leading textile research center in Europe with the widest range of textile and related topics.

Products and services

DITF Denkendorf, German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research, show exhibits and inform about: gesture-controlled sensory shading textile; innovative sunscreen textiles; textile daylight management; novel textiles for lighting applications; textiles with UV- and/or IR-active plagiarism protection; sensors for damage detection in composites; ceramic composite materials; E-Textiles with printed switches; coatings out of ionic liquids; single component composite PURCELL.

Backlit textile

Backlit textile

Textile lighting applications are an enormous growth market. DITF research area “Technology Integration” deals very intensively with the possibilities of the illumination and backlighting of textiles. Light laboratories are available in which lighting situations with different light colors and intensities can be realized by a large number of different light sources. This enables industrial partners to specifically develop textiles with integrated active and passive lighting functions.

PURCELL - all cellulose composite

PURCELL - all cellulose composite

PURCELL is a novel material made of pure cellulose: both the reinforcing fiber and the matrix component are made of this natural substance. The material not only shows technically good mechanical characteristics, which are important for use in products. The particularly environmentally friendly production process, such as the complete recyclability of the natural material, opens the door to the material for a variety of possible applications in technical and everyday products.

Textile-based sensors for inspection of composite materials

Textile-based sensors for inspection of composite materials

A completely new sensor technology is developed at the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF): Multidirectional and large-area sensitive sensors are generated by the use of printing technologies. When incorporating this sensors in fiber-reinforced composite materials, it will be possible to determine mechanical deformations and damages of the entire component.


DITF Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung
Koerschtalstr. 26
73770 Denkendorf

Phone: +49 711 93400
Fax: +49 711 9340297

Hendrik Hauß
Manager Public Relations
Phone: +49 711 9340411

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