By professionals, with professionals, for professionals

The DTB is an innovative knowledge network consisting of companies from the entire textile chain, educational institutions, institutes and industry-relevant bodies.

Within the framework of our events, we offer a national and international platform for open dialogue between experts in order to jointly develop future-oriented solutions for the textile industry. The competences of our network lie in the areas of quality management, sustainability, sourcing, digitalisation and training.

Our expertise

  • Decades of experience in quality management, sustainability and ecology
  • well-founded expertise
  • practical solutions
  • professional event management
  • Objective, neutral and informative public relations work


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The DTB History


The statutes of the association are revised and the association is entered in the register of associations at the Munich Local Court. From now on, it may bear the addition e.V. – registered association.


the DTB takes another step towards internationality and is present with a joint stand at the “Origin Africa” in Ethiopia.
The DTB celebrates its 30th anniversary in Berlin with over 150 guests.


On 16 October, the DTB joins the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles in order to be able to contribute to the working groups in an advisory capacity.
Also in October, the DTB presents its new brochure “DTB Guide to Compliance with Social Standards in the Textile and Clothing Industry” at a press conference.


Mrs. Anna Nieß says goodbye to her well-deserved retirement. Ms Susanne Paß takes over the sole management of the DTB after a unanimous board decision.


The DTB celebrates its 25th anniversary and commemorates this on the 17. and 18 November 2010 with a festive event in Munich.


the DTB celebrates its 20th anniversary.
During the past 20 years, 12,000 participants from industry have made use of our services in 500 working groups and seminar events.
We thank and congratulate 30 companies for 20 years of DTB membership.


the Qualitex project, which was started in 2001 and funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation, will be completed.


the Dialog Textil-Bekleidung has a small anniversary with the 25th DTB Symposium. The number of participants shows that the need for dialogue between the textile partners is still very great and that there are always new topics for the working groups. Meanwhile, through cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministry of Health, Food and Consumer Protection, the DTB’s work continues to the end consumer.


starts the three-year collaborative research project ‘Qualitex’ on quality improvement of textile fabrics for apparel, applied for by DTB and funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation (BFS). Another success is the official recommendation of the Federal Association of the Clothing Industry for the use of DTB product info.


the DTB celebrates its 15th anniversary. During this time, a European network has been built up that involves not only industry but also numerous research and testing institutes.


the work of the DTB has conquered the market to such an extent that the results of the working group are used in practical day-to-day business at EU level and partly also worldwide.


the DTB celebrates its 10th anniversary. In the course of its work, the DTB has succeeded in overcoming the emotional barriers that had built up between the industries through an open, cooperative and productive dialogue.


environmental protection is a new complex of tasks for the DTB and the partnership is successfully expanding to other “non-textile” industries.


begins participation in the working committee NMP 521 ‘Physical-technological test methods for textiles’ in order to incorporate the working group results into the various standards.


the DTB becomes actively involved in the European Apparel Commission AEIH, which is continued in the Euratex Commission from 1994.


it is no longer possible to imagine the industry without the Dialog Textil-Bekleidung and it is set up on its own feet as an ‘unregistered association’. As managing director, Anna Nieß from Bogner acts with a lot of verve and commitment.


the Eschborn idea is revived under the guiding principle ‘Dialogue Textile-Clothing’ by the Willy Bogner company. Companies from the textile and clothing industry come together in working groups to work on the common problems at the interface of both industries. The fundamental goal of developing practical solutions shapes the working methods of the individual groups from the very beginning.
At the beginning, the focus is on the topic of ‘quality assurance’. This inevitably leads to the complex of topics ‘market-oriented information systems’ for the textile and clothing industry and trade. The textile and clothing industry acts as an active group for product-related problem solutions (e.g. product info, eco info) and forms a broad platform for effective work with the trade as a dialogue partner in the development and implementation of services (e.g. electronic data exchange, minimisation of waste disposal).


the idea of ‘dialogue’ is taken up for the first time when the two textile trade journals CTI and Melliand invite representatives of the textile and clothing industry to Eschborn under the motto ‘Quality demand – quality assurance’ in woven and knitted fabrics to promote cooperation between the two industries.