Digital quality control in the industrial textile sector: analysis of market potentials

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Lehrstuhl für Innovation, Strategie und Organisation


The textile industry is still an important economic sector in Germany with a turnover of approx. 32 billion € and about 135,000 employees. While the clothing industry is increasingly being displaced by the Asian market, technical textiles are the strongest growth drivers, accounting for 60 % of total turnover. Germany is the world market leader in this sector. Technical textiles are an innovative material in many areas of application. In addition to "classic" applications, i.e. in the automotive sector as seat covers, they are used, for example, as tent roofs for football stadiums, early harvesting fleeces, stents in heart operations, filters, ultra-lightweight components in aviation and much more.
Since the materials are new and the areas of application are very diverse, there are no generally applicable test specifications or defined critical defects as yet. In addition, the production chain of textiles is extremely complex and the number of processes is almost unlimited. As a result, hardly any digital or standardized technologies are entering the industry.
Your task:
Your task is to conduct a market analysis with the aim of identifying the industry with the highest potential for the introduction of digital technologies for quality control (e.g. lightweight construction, medical technology, geotextiles, protective equipment, ...). In doing so, you should find out in which industries particularly high efforts for quality assurance are required (e.g. due to safety-relevant components or implementation in the human body). Then you will conduct an analysis of the cost saving potentials of new digital technologies for quality control (e.g. image recognition by neural networks).
Relevant research topics:
- In which branches or market segments of the textile industry (except the clothing industry) do particularly high costs arise from quality control?
- In which of these areas is the greatest market potential for improved (digital) quality control?
- Which deficits occur in quality control (e.g. strong dependence on the experience of the employee, no general (DIN) test standard, no uniform definition of critical defects, insufficient technology, ...)
- To what extent have digital solutions in quality control become established in the identified industries?

Keywords: technical textiles, market analysis, quality control management, digitalization