AFBW - Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg

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AFBW – south-west Germany’s network for fiber-based materials

The Baden-Württemberg Alliance for Fiber-Based Materials (Allianz Faserbasierter Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg, AFBW) is a multi-industry technology network. It encourages exchange across the value chain for fibers – connecting manufacturers, users, and researchers.

AFBW provides a platform for dialog and knowledge transfer, and is a committed driver of innovation. In collaboration with its members and partners, AFBW identifies and promotes novel solutions, and supports the ‘renaissance of fibers’.

Added value through networking AFBW:

  • provides early access to information and new markets
  • enables networking, and helps people and organizations to connect
  • provides knowledge and encourages knowledge transfer
  • supports collaborative projects with the aim of putting pioneering ideas into practice
  • pools expertise and encourages technology transfer – strengthening strengths
  • connects members to multipliers, opinion leaders and networks

AFBW promotes the development and use of fiber-based materials across multiple industries, and provides fresh impetus for innovation. Its objective is to strengthen the competiveness of local enterprises, and the regional economy as a whole.

The alliance offers a broad portfolio of services. This includes conferences and meetings that highlight new technological trends and uses; work groups and projects that explore ways of converting creative ideas into marketable products; shared booths at trade fairs, and PR and media work, that raise awareness of the industry’s capabilities.

The work of the AFBW makes it a key player in the world of fibers, and beyond. A core focus is promoting the use of fiber-based materials in a wide variety of applications, including smart textiles, architecture and construction, aerospace and automotive engineering, environmental technology, medicine, and lightweight construction.


Ulrike Möller
Türlenstraße 6
70191 Stuttgart
T +49 711 210 50 - 0

Information on the Innovation Cluster:

Members / Cluster Actors

  • Total: 147
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: 97 (of which 5 are start-ups)
  • Large-Scale Enterprises: 20
  • Universities and Colleges: 12
  • Non-University Research Institutions: 5
  • Other Organisations: 13

Member List

Key Actors

  • Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Bönnigheim
  • CHT Germany GmbH, Tübingen
  • Diehl Aircabin GmbH, Laupheim
  • DITF, Deutsche Institute für Textil+Faserforschung, Denkendorf
  • Eschler Textil GmbH & Co. KG, Balingen
  • Essedea GmbH und Co. KG, Wassenberg
  • ETTLIN GmbH & Co. KG, Ettlingen
  • Fiber Engineering GmbH, Karlsruhe
  • Global Safety Textiles GmbH, Maulburg
  • Groz-Beckert KG, Albstadt
  • Kelheim Fibers GmbH, Kelheim
  • Lenzing AG, Austria
  • Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co. KG, Meßstetten
  • roma-Strickstoff-Fabrik, Rolf Mayer GmbH & Co. KG, Balingen
  • Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG, Schwäbisch Hall
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Schwieberdingen
  • Schoeller Wool, Austria
  • Trevira GmbH, Böbingen
  • WingsandMore GmbH & Co. KG, Ebersbach

Fields of Research

  • Textile Innovations
  • Simulation
  • New Fiber Solutions
  • Technical Textiles
  • Digitalisation

Internationalization: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, France, Belgium

Employees in Cluster Management: 3

Year Established: 2009

Excellence measures and awards

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