Innovation is the heart and soul of Switzerland’s textiles and clothing industry. It cannot be planned and does not take place behind closed doors. What it needs is the right framework conditions and an adequate degree of networking.

As the life cycles of products grow shorter and ever more emerging countries apply advanced technologies, the pace of the innovation cycle within Switzerland’s textiles and clothing industry needs to be stepped up. The high pace of this cycle and the required financial resources represent major challenges for small and medium-sized companies in particular. Through our Swiss Texnet network we bring our members together with research partners such as the Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) in St Gallen, the College of Science and Technology in Rapperswil, the University of Lucerne, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Swiss Textile College. In this way we support the development of expertise in the area of textile-related innovation. Swiss Texnet is a competence centre that encompasses a broad variety of areas, including materials science, fibre technology, design, mechanical engineering, chemicals and process technology, to cite just a few. Swiss Texnet always welcomes new research partners. 

Intensive international cooperation

The textile federations and research institutions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been working closely together for many years in order to offset the disadvantages of size and cooperate with the most suitable research and business partners. 

Contact person

Nina Bachmann

Head of Technology and Environment
T +41 44 289 79 02