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The Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology (ITM) established its circle of friends and sponsors, known as the “Freundes- und Förderkreis (FFK),” in Dresden on November 21, 1991.

Prof.-Ing. habil Dr. h. c. P. Offermann was elected as the inaugural chairman of the association. During his tenure, significant organizational tasks were undertaken, including the registration of the association with the district court of Dresden and the refinement of the statutes. In October 2005, Prof. Offermann stepped down from his positions as the institute’s director and the professor of textile technology. He passed on the responsibilities to his successor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Chokri Cherif, and assumed the honorary chairmanship of the “Freundes- und Förderkreis des ITM der Technischen Universität Dresden e. V.” on October 7, 2005.

The association currently comprises 73 members, including 25 legal entities and 48 natural person. These members represent various sectors such as the textile and clothing industry, lightweight construction, test equipment manufacturers, and different institutions across Germany.

The Circle of Friends and Sponsors of ITM at TU Dresden e.V. is a registered non-profit association with the objective of advancing research and education at the Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology (ITM).

It serves as a network for fostering connections between students, alumni, employees, companies, and sponsors. Consequently, it facilitates an ongoing exchange of expertise and experiences between academia and industry, promoting both professional and personal growth.

Purpose of the association

(1) The purpose of the association is to promote research and education at the Institute for Textile Machinery and Textile High-Performance Materials Technology and to transfer the research results.

(2) The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the tax code The purpose is realized in particular by:

  • Suggestion of research tasks
  • Scientific exchange of ideas in the field of textile machines, textile and assembly technology and textile high-performance material technology, e.g. in the context of national and international conferences and training courses
  • Financial support for research tasks, including equipment and machinery acquisition
  • Support for publishing and transferring research results for practical applications
  • Support of education through financial support for student excursions and improvement of practical course equipment
  • Promotion and support of exceptionally talented students and young scientists
  • Dissemination of information about the available programs, such as the five-year presence studies, two-year master studies, and doctoral studies at ITM
  • Support the education and training activities

The association is registered under VR1415 in the register of associations at the district court of Dresden and has been recognized as a non-profit organization by the tax office Dresden I , with tax identification number 203/141/03212.

Executive board


Dipl.-Ing. Gert Bauer
CEO of Curt Bauer GmbH

Vice Chairman:

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Chokri Cherif
Director of Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology

Managing director:

Dr.-Ing. Dilbar Aibibu
Scientist of Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology