Inauguration of the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil-vernetzt - in cooperation with the ITA

Federal Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries with the ITA team 'ITA

On 4 December 2017, Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte Zypries officially inaugurated the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil-vernetzt in Berlin, Germany, together with the two other centres IT Economy and Usability. Dr Yves-Simon Gloy of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University expedited Textil-vernetzt together with the other representatives of the locations in Berlin, Chemnitz, Denkendorf and Stuttgart. Textil-vernetzt consists of four display windows with different focal points and a showroom in Berlin. The display window of the ITA features a fully integrated textile process chain showing the economic benefits of digital transmission. 


The consortium management was taken over by the general association textil+mode. The project partners of the other display windows are the DITF in Denkendorf Germany, STFI in Chemnitz, Germany, and the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft in Stuttgart, Germany.

Prof. Thomas Gries (ITA) and Dr Yves-Simon Gloy (ITA) commented: "Thanks to the promotion of BMWi, through our learning factory, we are able to demonstrate to the German textile industry in a very practical way the endless opportunities and possibilities available through the technological leap via industry 4.0 offers and the path towards its implementation."

What is „Mittelstand-Digital“?

“Mittelstand-Digital” is a programme of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. It is a medium to inform small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation. Regional competence centres help small retailers as well as the larger industrial members with expert knowledge, demonstration centres, networks for exchanging experiences and practical examples. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy offers all the services of Mittelstand Digital free of charge. Further information can be found at .


Federal Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries with the ITA team (left to right: Prof. Dr Thomas Gries, ITA; Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries; Dr Yves-Simon Gloy, ITA; Max Kemper, ITA; source: ITA)