Globally unique cellular 3D structures have been developed at ITM

Cellular 3D woven wires structures - new opportunities for lightweight constructions

Innovative cellular 3D woven wire structures and the manufacturing technology have been developed at ITM of TU Dresden. These 3D structures are designed “cellular” which means they are pretty light (0.2 g/cm²) an can be manufactured in just one automated manufacturing step which makes theme quite economic and are 100% recyclable. The 3D wire structures offer a great potential for lightweight applications especially under extreme environmental conditions (for example high temperature applications), they are being applied as core in sandwich constructions, as reinforcing material in metal matrix (e.g. aluminium or magnesium) and are suitable for impact applications. Read more


Worldwide Leadership Crowns 80 Years of Research

Development of a new tissue structure based on Open Reed Weaving-Technology.

For more than 80 years ITA does excellent R&D to produce innovative materials and textile machines. On 19 September, NRW-Minister of Science Svenja Schulze opened ITA’s 80th anniversary with over 350 guests present. ITA presented the world’s first multi-scale system for the production of high performance fibres to enable small and medium sized companies to enter the growing carbon market. A new process management allows 17% cost savings during the production. ITA showed the world’s first carbon-compatible machine for Open Reed Weaving-Technology which allows tailor-made reinforcement textiles with adapted load paths - attractive for mass production due to reduction in expensive blends. Read more


Extension of spunlace competence at STFI in Chemnitz

At the end of July 2014, STFI inaugurated an AquaJet-Spunlace unit (company Truetzschler Nonwovens in Egelsbach, DE) newly installed into the existing Reicofil®4 spunbond plant. Therewith, STFI again extends its competence in spunbonding. Now, spunbond nonwovens can be both-sided bonded inline using two drums and three water beams.

A spunlace plant working at STFI since 2001 was extended by a bonding unit and a perforated drum dryer (two drums). Thus, a continuous production of spunlace nonwovens with a working width of 1 m can be realised. Company Truetzschler Nonwovens (Duelmen/DE) replaced the carding machine by a novel carding unit (Type EWK 413) working with a direct fibre feed. Higher homogeneity in nonwovens together with an optimized spunlace technology is the basis to develop innovative products for the German and European nonwovens industry. More information:


AT~SEA innovative textiles boost European seaweed farming

Seaweed is an important resource for food and feed ingredients, biochemicals and the production of biofuels.

The AT~SEA team is developing advanced technical textiles to support large numbers of seaweed plants. Bio-sourced coatings on the textiles protect young seaweed and boost their growth. The textiles are placed a couple of metres below the sea’s surface. When the seaweed is fully grown, it can be harvested from the mats and placed in flexible storage tanks made from AT~SEA’s advanced textiles. It serves as renewable resource for a wide range of products, e.g. additives for cosmetics, food or feed.

Currently, larger scale demonstration (>100m2 surface) is running at 3 different locations in the North Sea.  After the project end (July 2015), the consortium plans to establish a 2 to 3 hectare large cultivation site through a commercial company to be spun off from AT~SEA. More information:


CENTROCOT: Searching for the high performance green textile

Greenpeace Detox campaign to help the textile supply chain to reach an eco-friendly production.

Greenpeace Detox campaign has shown that several textile products contain chemicals harmful for the environment and the human health (e.g. PFCs for repellence).
Considering the growing demand of the textile supply chain for the reduction and removal of these chemicals in production, Centrocot, through its NoToxs activity, wants to help producers to reach the green textile target. Examining measurements of performance, amount of chemicals in the goods and correlation between these properties, Centrocot will study processes modifications in order to suggest alternative technologies to produce textiles with high performance and low impact for the environment and the human health. Read more or contact