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  • Technologiepark 7
  • 9052 Zwijnaarde
  • Belgium

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About Us

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Centexbel, the Textile Competence Centre, is a non-profit organisation supporting textile manufacturers in the development and introduction of novel materials, innovative products and technological processes.

Centexbel focuses its research and development activities on three technological fields while paying much attention to sustainability and the environmental impact of materials and processes:


  • health, security and protection

  • functional thermoplastic textiles

  • textile functionalisation & surface modification


Centexbel runs a whole series of physical, chemical and microbiological tests on textiles (from fibre to finished product). The centre also analyses the burning behaviour of textiles and other flexible materials. The four Centexbel laboratories are certified according to ISO 17025 and recognized by numerous national and international organisations.

Centexbel continuously invests in its (semi-) industrial application platforms (knitting, extrusion, textile finishing and coating and in a professional laundry line). These lines allow the industry to produce prototypes or samples and to have them tested before starting the large-scale production of new products.

Centexbel’s services include consultancy, professional training, impartial product certification, and standardisation.

Vision and objectives


  • Guaranteeing excellent textile products in compliance with the strictest legal and environmental standards through independent and objective tests in fully equipped accredited laboratories performed by highly educated staff members

  • Creating high-end textile products through Research & Development uniting industrial needs and scientific breakthroughs  

  • Establishing objective product specifications by pre-standard research and expert involvement in international standardisation committees

  • Keeping pace with evolutions through professional training programmes for companies and staff members

  • Promoting the high-tech profile of western textile developments to attract young and promising engineers and researchers to build a career in the textile industry


Textile-related research and development

Testing laboratories: mechanical, physical, microbiologic properties and burning behaviour


Product certification


  • innovation

  • technology

  • intellectual property rights

  • environmental issues and legislation

  • eco-design & sustainabilit


pilot platforms

Professional guidance and testing facilities for product development and optimisation and for small production runs on our five semi-industrial platforms :


  • knitting

  • coating

  • extrusion

  • textile finishing

  • laundry platform

  • textile reinforced thermoplastic composites




  • training & information sessions such as the monthly horizon explorations and breakfast sessions

  • (co)organisation of international symposiums (PPE, carpet, coating, extrusion, sports and textiles...)

  • in-company training

  • publications & website


standards & patents


  • international standardisation: as the sectorial operator of several textile related normalisation committees, CENTEXBEL defends the interests of the Belgian textile industry on a European and international level

  • patent cell


Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Techtextil 2015

04.05.2015 - 07.05.2015 Hall: 4.1 Stand: E 52