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The Textile Industry is currently not sustainable yet.
Over 120 million tons of textile fibres are being processed yearly worldwide, 73% of those are being man-made, and 91% of man-made fibres are created on a petroleum basis. We believe that by engaging in ground-breaking research we can set the path for innovation in the textile industry that might be at an early stage today but with strong relevancy tomorrow. The production of plastics from crude oil is associated with a wide variety of ecological, social and economic problems. A fundamental change of direction is therefore urgently needed.

 

BIOTEXFUTURE is an innovation space funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (‘Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung’, Germany) for a duration of 5 years. Since November 2019, adidas is co-leading the program in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University. We are collaborating with industrial and scientific partners who share our vision to convert the textile value chain from petroleum-based to bio-based and strive every day to create the change needed in the industry.

Key figures

120 million tons
of textile fibres
are produced annually
 
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The innovation space is strategically conceptualised along the entire textile value chain with the four technological research areas and the accompanying socio economic research area, to guarantee a holistic approach.

SUBSTRATE/MATERIAL 
DEVELOPMENT

TECHNICAL PRODUCT 
AND PROCESS 
DEVELOPMENT

TEXTILE FINISHING

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

SOCIETAL TRANSITION 
TOWARDS BIOECONOMY

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What sets the innovation space apart from other funding formats is the highly centralised management of the programm.

 

The Project Management Office (PMO) is a dedicated team that proactively steers the innovation space and oversees the projects as a whole.

 
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Dr.
Christine Anstaett
adidas AG
christine.anstaett@adidas.com

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Sea-Hyun Lee
Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
sea-hyun.lee@ita.rwth-aachen.de

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Dr.
Sascha Schriever
Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
sascha.schriever@ita.rwth-aachen.de

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Dr.
Thomas Köhler
Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
thomas.koehler@ita.rwth-aachen.de

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Dr.
Marco Schmitt
Institute of Sociology (RWTH Aachen University)
mschmitt@soziologie.rwth-aachen.de

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Heike Vogel-Pöschl
adidas AG
timm.wagner@adidas.com

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The Steering Committee (SteerCo) is accountable for the overall programme to the funding agency for the management of BIOTEXFTUTURE. The SteerCo has therefore the overall responsibility for the implementation of the programme and the achievement of the objectives of the innovation space within the framework of the specifications of the funding agency.

 
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Univ.-Prof. Prof. h.c. (MGU) Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.
Thomas Gries
Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University

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Jan Hill
adidas AG

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil.
Roger Häußling
Institute of Sociology (RWTH Aachen University)

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Chris Holmes
adidas AG