ITA digitizes in Berlin - Shop window opening in "Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt"

ITA Division Manager Maximilian Kemper demonstrates interactive user assistance system textil+mode

What does digitalization mean in the textile and clothing industry? Where can change in the industry lead? And what support do small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular receive in this respect? The “Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt” has opened its showroom in the Berlin office, which offers SMEs in the textile and clothing industry ideas on the possibilities offered by digital transformation.


Interested entrepreneurs as well as representatives from politics and associations met for the opening in Berlin on April 19. Introductory greetings came from Stefan Schnorr, Head of the Department of Digital and Innovation Policy at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), and Ingeborg Neumann, President of the Gesamtverband textil+mode, who heads the competence centre.

In addition to theoretical presentations, the panel discussion between Otto Fricke (FDP), full member of the Federal Finance Committee and the Budget Committee, and the two textile companies Sebastian Ihling, Alfred Apelt GmbH, and Peter Brunsberg, bagjack e. K., provided insights into practice. In an interview with Mr. Fricke, Mr. Brunsberg and Mr. Ihling reported on their experiences to date with digitization in the textile industry.

In addition to the lectures from practice and theory, the team from "Textil vernetzt" took the opportunity to present itself and its services in more detail within the framework of the partnership.

  ITA Institute Director Prof. Dr Thomas Gries presents the focus on Work 4.0 of the Shop Window in Aachen textil+mode ITA Institute Director Prof. Dr Thomas Gries presents the focus on Work 4.0 of the Shop Window in Aachen

The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University has set itself the goal of taking employees in SMEs along in digital change. ITA Institute Director Prof Dr Thomas Gries describe d the importance of further education and training measures for employees in order to reduce obstacles to digitisation. In a Learning Factory 4.0, the Digital Capability Center, ITA uses a networked textile process chain, including assistance systems, to illustrate how digital transformation can succeed. The project partners of the other shop windows are the DITF in Denkendorf, the STFI in Chemnitz, and the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft in Stuttgart, all situated in Germany.

At the heart of the showroom of "Textil vernetzt" is an embroidery machine that illustrates the benefits of digital change in the textile industry. Thanks to the complete networking of this machine, customer-specific products can be manufactured quickly and flexibly. The focus of textile networking - digital engineering, networked production, use of assistance systems and smart sensor technology - will be demonstrated at the exhibit. Guided tours through the showroom are available for small and medium-sized businesses and other interested parties.

On May 29, the ITA will open its showcase in the Digital Capability Center in Aachen, Germany, under the theme "New social infrastructures of work, qualification and lifelong learning". Interested parties from companies, representatives from associations, politics and the media are cordially invited to this event.

Click here to register (The event will be held in German. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding).

The “ Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt” is part of the funding scheme "Mittelstand Digital” - Strategies for the digital transformation of business processes", which was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) to promote digitisation in SMEs and the skilled trades. At you will find more detailed information about textile networks.

What is “Mittelstand Digital”?

“Mittelstand Digital” informs small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitalization. Regional competence centres help small retailers as well as large production companies with expert knowledge, demonstration centres, networks for the exchange of experience and practical examples. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy enables the free use of all offers from Mittelstand-Digital.

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ITA Division Manager Maximilian Kemper demonstrates interactive user assistance system, source: textil+mode