Textile & Fashion

EXCELLENCE IN TEXTILE. Mönchengladbach is home to numerous renowned companies from the textile, clothing/fashion, textile machinery and textile logistics sectors. From the glorious history of the “Manchester on the Lower Rhine” – for decades Mönchengladbach was a stronghold of the textile and textile machinery industry – the location has recently set out to provide a home for the much-cited “renaissance of the textile industry”.

For example, thanks to the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Department of Textile and Clothing Technology and the Research Institute for Textiles and Clothing) and the Textile Academy NRW, the resident textile industry is excellently positioned as a future industry in Mönchengladbach. Since 2020, the ambitious plans for a “Textile Factory 7.0” have also been driven forward in order to bring about a further development of the economy towards future-proof and knowledge-driven jobs. The objective is nothing less than modeling competitive industrial production in 2035 for the entire manufacturing sector, using the textile and fashion industry as an example.

The first effects of the plans, which are being driven forward in cooperation with many partners, are already becoming visible in concrete company projects. The establishment of a sustainable jeans production by C&A Group in the Monforts Quarter shows that the ideas behind Textile Factory 7.0 are already taking effect to a certain extent and are providing impetus for good work and sustainable production in Mönchengladbach. Further “re-shoring” projects involving the relocation of textile production back to Western Europe are supposed to follow.

WFMG’s main activity in this sector – in addition to proactive involvement in major projects such as the aforementioned “T7” and support for the relevant companies – is the young talent and recruiting fair MG ZIEHT AN – GO TEXTILE!

MG zieht an – go textile!

MG ZIEHT AN – GO TEXTILE!, Germany’s largest textile trade fair for young talents, is based on an initiative of well-known companies in textile machine construction and textile and clothing technology. It is hosted by Europe’s largest training centre for the textile industries: the Textile and Clothing Technology department at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences.