The community platform for smart textiles and fibre-reinforced composites and their industrial automation

In September 2018, Messe Dornbirn, Austria

As a content & community platform, the trade event SALTEX networks intelligent textiles and fibre-reinforced materials – from research towards automation. It will be the meeting point for experts from the plastics, composites, electronics and textile industries coming together in one place to generate effective solutions for future applications.

SALTEX is taking into account the multifarious bilateral touch points of both industries and takes full advantage of synergetic effects with regards to speeding up the implementation of automation technologies for mass- production.

The business location Vorarlberg covers the entire value chain for the production of technologically advanced fibre-reinforced composites. The textile industry that is located here since several generations has undergone dramatic structural adjustments in the past two decades and has now evolved to a high tech industry with global networking and truly committed to actively shape the future.   SALTEX is determined to bring together the various already successfully operating clusters, networks and cooperations in the area of smart textiles and industrial lightweight structures. The goal is to bring them together every two years for a personal exchange between experts of both fields. The new trade fair offers the platform, inspires and empowers the counterparts in order to enhance a stronger interlinking of both value chains. One of the prime issues is the following: How can we contribute to see the market share of smart textiles and fibre-reinforced composites grow by speeding up automation processes.


  • Smart Textiles
  • Lightweight construction
  • Automation
  • Electronics
  • Textile polymers
  • Plastics
  • Yarns
  • Reinforcing fibres
  • Fabric manufacturing
  • Textile finishing
  • Consolidation
  • Textile ready-to-wear production
  • Complex component manufacturing
  • Functionalisation
  • Components
  • Textile machinery
  • Plastic production facilities
  • Technical accessories
  • Tool making

Press releases

Please find further information in our press releases:  
June 2015
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016

The SALTEX symposium 2016

Main topics:

  • Smart Living
  • Ambient Assisted Living Systems
  • Medical Applications
  • Adhesives
  • Reinforcing Fibres
  • Textile Fabric Production
  • Plant and Automation Technology
  • Users of Lightweight Elements

Some references:

  • Keynote 05th October: Dr. Isa Hofmann | IHOFMANN, CEO
  • Keynote 06th October: Prof. Dr. Hubert Jäger | TU Dresden, institute of lightweight engineering and polymer technology
  • Dr. Klaus Jansen, Managing Director of Forschungskuratorium Textil e.V.
  • Univ. Prof. DDr. Werner Mohl, surgeon specialising in cardiac and vascular surgery
  • Kurt Haselwander, Schoeller GmbH & Co KG
  • Robert Lenferink | TenCate Advanced Composites, Director New Business Development
  • Maximilian Segl | OTTO BOCK HealthCare GmbH, Head of Composite
  • Rainer Seuss | KARL MAYER Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH
  • Andreas Hämmerle | RAC GmbH
  • Rolf Gottmann | Getzner Textil AG
  • Ing. Andreas Röhrich | Wolford AG

The SALTEX supporting programme 2016

Co-operation exchange: Speak with interested people from companies, research and service institutions as well as players in the R&D field!

For further information please contact Christian Lampert: christian.lampert​(at)​

Rinspeed Σtos: The new concept car Σtos from the Swiss think tank Rinspeed can be seen for the first time in Austria.

Research and development: Five institutions present results, prototypes and samples in a special area.

Participating institutions: 

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, IPA (GER)
  • IWK, Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing, HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (CH)
  • RWTH Aachen University, ITA (GER)
  • TITV Greiz – The Institute for Special Textiles and Flexible Materials (GER)
  • Technical University of Chemnitz (GER)

Extract from the list of exhibitors at SALTEX 2016

  • Alge Elastic GmbH
  • Bandex Textil- und Handels GmbH Getzner Textil AG
  • Grabher Group
  • Perzi Kunststoff GmbH
  • Schoeller GmbH & Co KG
  • Sefar AG
  • SFS intec AG
  • Zünd Systemtechnik AG

Find more details here.

Exhibitor documents 2018

The exhibitor documents will follow here as soon as possible.

SALTEX – Smart Textiles & Lightweight Materials

September 2018, Dornbirn, Austria
The community platform for smart textiles and fibre reinforced composites and their industrial automation


Katharina Schulz
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