The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) is one of the TOP5-institutes at the university RWTH Aachen. Connected to the Institute is the Chair in Textile Engineering of mechanical engineering. The Institute is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Thomas Gries.

The main focus of the institute lies on the departments Mechanical Engineering and textile processing, polymer technology and high performance fiber materials, textile preforming and composites, medicine technology, Smart Textiles and joining as well as on Simulation and meterology. Moreover, countless additional industries are served with goal-oriented innovations for new processes and textile materials including e.g. the filtration industry or the ICT-sector. At this time more than 300 people are employed at the Institut für Textiltechnik. Among them more than 90 scientific employees, including 15 PostDocs, 6 engineers and technicians and 30 technical employees. In addition to that, about 180 student assistants who consolidate different courses of study, e.g. Construction, Textile Engineering, process engineering, information technology, physics etc. The ITA operates industry oriented and interdisciplinary. Publicly funded cooperation projects unite the competences of the ITA, industrial enterprises and academic research partners.

100 research assistants work at ITA in the field of materials, production processes and products for technical applications of textile structures. ITA GmbH with 24 employees acts as a technology transfer company for the ITA Group since 14 years. ITA GmbH is a partner for industries in the field of research and development.

ITA and ITA GmbH are located in the RWTH Campus Melaten surrounded by other world-renowned research partners from the fields of plastics processing, production and laser technology, automotive technology, interactive materials and polymer chemistry, physics and medicine and architecture / civil engineering. Immediate neighbors are the Fraunhofer Institutes for Produktionstechnololgie (IPT), Laser Technology (ILT) and molecular biology (IME) The interdisciplinary nature of our relations with these research partners on the ground is reflected in the diverse qualifications of ITA’s academic staff.

The Institut für Textiltechnik has a fully equipped technology center with about 250 textile machines and test benches across all textile process stages from the spinning until joining. Furthermore, different laboratories (textile testing, polymer analysis) and workshops are staffed with professionals (mechanics, electronic software and hardware).

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