Deutsches Textilforschungszentrum Nord West gGmbH

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  • Adlerstr. 1
  • 47798 Krefeld
  • Germany

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Technical and functional textile products are a key component in many sectors and industries, e.g. in aircraft construction, in the automobile industry, in filtering technology, in medical applications, and in apparel such as workwear and protective clothing.

With our research focus on the development of new technologies for technical and functional textiles that take into account both economic and ecological aspects, the German Textile Research Centre North-West (DTNW) is a valuable partner to the textile industry.

Emerging from the Textile Research Institute Krefeld (TFA) founded in 1920, we are today an institute affiliated to the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences. We consider ourselves to be an intermediary between the research community and the textile industry. With cutting-edge laboratory technology for surface modification of textiles, instrument-based analysis, physical measuring technology and quality testing, we are solving textile problems in publicly funded research projects and industrial contract research.

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DTNW gGmbH (Research and Development)


  • Antimicrobial textiles and antifouling surfaces

  • Cyclodextrin-based finishes and coatings

  • Polyelectrolyte layers

  • UV light treatment (practice-friendly, targeted surface functionalisation by UV light) 

  • Photovoltaic, biomimetic light collectors, light emitting textiles

  • Smart textiles (integration of sensors into textiles) 

  • Electrospinning 

  • Catalyst immobilization on textiles (enzymes, organocatalysts) 

  • Innovative adsorber textiles for recovery of valuable metals and environmental protection

  • Use of enzymes, supercritical fluids and ionic liquids

  • Electrically conductive textiles, (heating elements, textile-based solar cells, photovoltaics)

  • Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers

  • Light-activated textiles (IR reflection, UV protection, self-cleaning surfaces, antibacterial action)

  • Green flame retardants for textiles


DTNW Öffentliche Prüfstelle GmbH (Testing)


  • Chemical and textile chemical analyses

  • Mechanical-technological textile testing

  • Human ecological pollutant analysis of textiles to German food and feed legislation (LFGB, Section 64)

  • Compiling test reports for certification to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100

  • Quality controls, acceptance inspection test certificates, expert opinions, including for court cases

  • Advice on statutory provisions for the textile sector, e.g. Reach, SVHC, Section 64 of LFGB

  • Accredited testing laboratory to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025

  • Publicly appointed and sworn experts of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK)


Exhibitor at the following trade fair

Techtextil 2017

09.05.2017 - 12.05.2017 Hall: 3.1 Stand: C 91