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The AFBW

Allianz Faserbasierter Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg e.V. (AFBW) is a cross-industry technology network covering the entire value-adding chain of fibre-based materials – from suppliers to consumers and research institutions.

Thus, AFBW provides a platform for dialogue and knowledge transfer and sees itself as a driver of innovations. Together with companies from the industry, universities and research institutes, AFBW presents new solutions and promotes the “renaissance of the fibre”.

Supporting an integrative technology, AFBW acts across industries and comes up with ideas
for material or product innovations targeted at improving the competitiveness of the companies and the region.

The network’s service portfolio is huge. Symposiums discuss new technological trends in textile applications. In work groups and projects ideas are developed and translated into marketable products. Joint appearances at trade fairs and specific public relations work complete its profile.

Steady progress makes AFBW an important factor in the “world of fibre-based materials” and beyond. Points of focus are the use of fibre-based materials, for example in architecture and construction, mobility, environmental engineering, medicine and lightweight construction. The following industry presentations provide insights into new applications and show their potential.

Ulrike Möller, AFBW
Ulrike Möller, AFBW
Welcome Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, MdL

The state-wide network, Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe (Alliance of Fiber-based Materials) Baden-Württem berg e.V. – AFBW for short – represents the mature textile tradition of our federal state, and invigorates it with new technologies, fibers and products in the 21st Century.

As a network for crosssector technology, the AFBW offers a platform for exchange and knowledge transfer, and takes on the function of a driver of innovation. Together with companies, universities and research institutes, the AFBW presents new solutions and supports the “renaissance of fibers”. Since it was founded in 2009, the AFBW has developed into one of the most powerful networks in Europe and it has become a driving force on the fiber-based materials market.

I also come from a region that is strongly influenced by the textile industry. Therefore, I particularly appreciate the efforts of the AFBW. The AFBW is an instigator for innovation in terms of materials and products and pursues the goal of increasing the competitiveness of companies, and therefore of the federal state as a whole. I am pleased that my department has accompanied the successful development of this organization right from the start, and supported activities in a targeted manner.

The TechTex INNOVATION Guide is now being presented as part of the FIBER PUSH Project, which is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In addition to company profiles, the guide also presents new technologies and products, as well as innovative fiber materials and sustainable applications that illustrate the potential of fiber-based materials.

Here’s to the TechTex INNOVATION Guide becoming the key to future success! In this, its 10th year of existence, I wish the AFBW and its stakeholders all the best for the future!

Dr. Nils Schmid, MdL
Dr. Nils Schmid, MdL
Preface Christoph Larsén-Mattes

Dear Readers,
The fiber-based industry is an enabler for the challenges of tomorrow. Even today, our products can be found in industries and applications that would never have been ascribed to textiles in the past. We have developed a dynamic that impresses me and makes me proud. May it continue along these lines!

In my many years of professional experience, I have learned that it pays to emphasize success. “Do good and talk about it” – is a principle that we textile manufacturers should follow more closely. And this is exactly what we at the AFBW are doing with the atlas of competence that is now available, namely the “Techtex INNOVATION Guide”. We introduce innovative companies and their products and illustrate the impressive textile research landscape in Baden-Württemberg, thereby presenting real opportunities.

Transforming the economy is a buzzword of our time. In order to successfully shape transformation processes, it is neces - sary to get together with the right people, find project partners and join forces to advance new subjects. Active cooperation across company boundaries is becoming a factor of success, especially for SMEs. This is promoted by an innovative network that emerges from the business world and is supported by companies.

As an entrepreneur from the textile industry, I am a critical companion of the AFBW network. The benefit for the company must always be in the foreground. I can honestly say that I have never regretted getting involved in the network.

This constant technological progress makes the AFBW an important part of the “fiber-based world”. Together we are able to survive, amidst increasingly intense and global competition for products, services and creative minds, and draw attention to the “capabilities of fiber”. The Competence Atlas makes an important contribution in this regard.

We wish you an interesting read.

Christoph Larsén-Mattes Vorsitzender AFBW e.V.
Christoph Larsén-Mattes Vorsitzender AFBW e.V.