Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt


The Mittelstand-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt has been offering digitisation services and AI support for textile SMEs since 2017. Now the ITA has developed a readiness assessment together with partners.


The readiness assessment serves to estimate the value of your data from your production. Based on the results you can also deduce in which areas you can quickly improve the usability of your data.

To better assess the value of your production data, please participate here.

Further information:

Every company and every production is different. This is particularly true for the textile sector. Depending on the company, it may make sense to carry out the assessment separately for different areas of production. This procedure is particulary useful, if:

  • The production in the company is multi-level (e.g.: weaving and finishing)
  • Different processes are carried out in parallel (e.g. weaving and knitting)
  • Sections of production differ considerably in terms of:
    • Knowledge about the raw materials used, in particular their measured quality values
    • Data acquisition during the processing of raw materials in the production process (e.g.: settings, speeds and environmental conditions)
    • Completeness of the quality data for the product (e.g.: continuous quality measurement in the process compared to random sampling in the laboratory)
    • Feedback from customers on the product and its suitability for use

If you have any questions, please contact Dr.-Ing. Frederik Cloppenburg.


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Dr.-Ing. Frederik Cloppenburg

Chief Digital Officer


+49 241 80 247 14



Support for SMEs through “Mittelstand-Kompetenzzentrum 4.0 Textil vernetzt“ extended for a further two years

For three years, the “Mittelstand-Kompetenzzentrum 4.0 Textil“ vernetzt has been offering digitisation services and AI support for medium-sized textile companies. Due to the high demand from SMEs, the offer of the “Mittelstand-Kompetenzzentrum 4.0 Textwas extended for another two years.

Please find further information “in the press release of “textil + mode“ here. This information is only in German available. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding.

  Logo Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt

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. The ITA Institut für Textiltechnik of 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) 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."

The image film on Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt can be found here.

On May 29, the ITA opened its showcase in the Digital Capability Center in Aachen, Germany, under the theme "New social infrastructures of work, qualification and lifelong learning". Further information can be found here. This information is only in German available as the funding is aimed at German companies. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding.

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 .

Further information: Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Textil vernetzt

Film and furter information are only available in German, as it is a programme for German companies. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding.