Hohenstein is an active member of various innovation networks.

Exciting projects, valuable insights: our involvement in national and international research networks helps us to continuously expand our knowledge and actively participate in shaping the research landscape.

Learn more about a few of these networks below.

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

AAFA is a trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn product companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.


Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

ZDHC's mission is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people's well being. Their mission is widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices to protect consumers, workers and the environment.


Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

OIA is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. In collaboration with its members, they are a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.


American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists (AATCC)

The AATCC develops test methods to ensure quality and meet the needs of those in the ever-changing textile, apparel and materials industries.


Textile Exchange (TE)

TE is a global nonprofit that brings leading brands, retailers, and suppliers together to increase the use of preferred fiber and materials for a positive impact on the environment.


North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD)

The NAUMD is a trade association representing the interests of all parties in the uniform and image apparel industry. It is composed of manufacturers, distributors and associated companies committed to growing the uniform and image apparel markets.


Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)

IFAI is a member-driven trade association that facilitates industry collaboration through events, publications, education, networking, business resources and advocacy.


The Microfibre Consortium (TMC)

The TMC is a nonprofit organization that offers practical solutions for the textile industry to minimize fibre fragmentation and release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle.


Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC)

SFC is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry.


Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry

ASBCI members represent all the key sectors of the industry such as fabrics, clothing manufacturers, retailers, chemical suppliers, etc.



The AFBW (Allianz faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg) connects science and economics, people and markets, technologies and applications – from the fiber to the finished product.


Forschungs­kuratorium Textil e.V.

This Berlin-based institution is a member of the German Association of Industrial Research Organizations (AiF) and coordinates the Industrial Collective Research (IGF) program for textile research.



BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg is the regional association for organic economy, organic technology, the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

BioRegio STERN

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is the central point of contact for life sciences companies in the regions of Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb in Germany, and for anyone interested in starting a business in organic technology and medical technology.


The Zuse-Gemeinschaft (Association) represents the interests of independent, non-profit institutes that are doing industry-related research. The focus of its work is the transfer of research into economy. The institutes distinguish themselves by practical research for medium-sized companies.


Baden-Württemberg Innovation Alliance is an group of 13 independent research institutes that conduct applied, result-based research in important pioneering fields.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America