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Sustainable and ecological textiles: know-how from Münchberg in demand worldwide

Networking with the Indian subcontinent is one of the pillars of Hof University’s international strategy. Among other things, the Bavarian-Indian Center for Business and Higher Education (BayIND) is located on the Hof campus and a large number of Indian students are enrolled in the city on the Saale. A current example from the field of materials science shows how much the expertise of Hof researchers is also in demand in India itself.

Prof. Dr. Michael Rauch; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

Dr. Michael Rauch, Professor of Innovative Textiles at the Institute of Materials Science (ifm) at Hof University of Applied Sciences, is a respected expert in the field of process engineering for textile finishing. He was now invited as a keynote speaker at the online event “Futuristic Trends in Textiles 2021” by the renowned Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in Mumbai. There, he provided information about sustainable textile production and the master’s degree program “Sustainable Textiles” running at the Münchberg campus, of which he is the director.

Sustainable products are in demand

The global textile industry is facing drastic changes and immense transformation. This is particularly evident in the leading manufacturing countries due to changing demand

Economic interest in more ecological solutions in textile production has now also been aroused in India and Pakistan – if only because Western customers are placing increasing value on sustainable manufacturing. Purchasing decisions are also based to an ever greater extent on the type of production and the production conditions. As a consequence, the expectations of major textile buyers are also changing in this direction. Producers can only do justice to this if they employ appropriately trained staff.”

Prof. Dr. Michael Rauch

Change in textile production

The challenge, he says, is to gradually transform Asian production in particular, which still relies on traditional process technologies to a large extent, with a view to more environmentally friendly manufacturing. “The first steps in this direction have been taken, but there is still a long way to go – in most cases, there is no link between the selection of the finishing process, the use of chemicals and the resulting problems with wastewater treatment,” said Prof. Rauch.

Coverage of the Future Congress of the Indian Textile Industry in the domestic media

Future-oriented training

At the Münchberg campus, on the other hand, the techniques of the future are already being developed and taught: innovative approaches and new production techniques are pointing the way to the future of textile manufacturing there. The English-language master’s program in sustainable textiles gives students insight into the latest developments in sustainability and textile technology. It also teaches how to develop more environmentally friendly ideas and focuses on the social responsibility required in today’s textile industry.

Rainer Krauß

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