The Textile Research Institute Thuringia Vogtland e. V. (TITV Greiz) was founded in 1992. In its early days its work was focused on the research and development for the textile and clothing industry. The TITV Greiz is located in the Thuringian-Saxonian region which has a long tradition in the production of woven fabrics, curtains, lace and clothing.
Besides the conventional tasks of the textile industry, the TITV Greiz has continuously established new, future-orientated fields of research, effectively developing both the required personnel and the machinery.
Today, the TITV Greiz is a renowned, business-related research institute which realizes both basic and application-oriented research in the field of special textiles, especially smart textiles. Since its foundation, the institute has been an industry-oriented research facility, well known for its considerable scientific, technical and economic competence. By now, it has taken root as an institution with a strong charisma. The TITV Greiz is consistently pursuing the long tradition of the textile industry in the region by developing high-tech textiles which are continuously brought forward with the help of cooperations and networks.
TRITV’s research has main focus on :
- Textile microsystems technology/Smart Textiles
- Surface functionalisation
- Flexible materials
Smart Textiles : Electronical assistants like navigation systems or parking distance control systems help us to make life easier. Those small, close and intelligent systems are integrated in our personal and business environment and can even be found in textiles. Clothing, which warms at low temperatures or gloves to phone with are already commercially available.
ELITEX® threads : To realize such functionalities, small electronical components are integrated into textiles or the textile itself is used as a functional unit. The basis for those developments are partial conductive textile structures. Metallized threads whose electrical conductivity is modified with a specific electrochemical finishing treatment – so-called ELITEX® threads – provide the convincing advantage of problem-free textile machining on textile machines.
Textile manufacturing processes like weaving, embroidery, sewing, warp knitting or coating can be used for the integration of new functions for textiles. The resulting textile structures are the basis for the development of textile sensors, highly flexible stimulation electrode systems, actuators, solar cells, textile transdermal therapeutical systems, for the interactive release of active ingredients, luminescent textiles or special heating systems. Developments for the integration of new functions provide capabilities for further visions. In comparison to conventional products, smart textiles are flexible shapeable and lightweight. They are predestined for applications in automotive and aircraft construction as well as for solutions in medical engineering, wellness, industrial-, home- and protective clothing.