Cooperative projects by Weber & Leucht are research projects which focus on topics of high practical relevance with innovation potential. Cooperative projects allow multiple companies to participate and benefit from the revelation of potential for further development and optimization of their products and procedures. Thus, the participants benefit from the creation of competitive advantages. Regular project meetings enable precise agreements and the continuous sharing of information; during the cooperative project, all project outcomes are treated as confidential. They are also only published in part after the project ends with the consent of all participants.

Important note: Participation in the cooperative projects is possible at any time during the project duration.



Project 1/2022/24:






The project is a continuation of the first two phases of the cooperative project „Microplastics“ with the target of further developing specific test methods, screening, bench- marking and limit value recommendations, which can be applied in the future for textiles, clothing and associated manufacturing and treatment processes (washing, cleaning and care).



  • Overview of the complex topic „Microplastics”
  • Continuous exchange with experts
  • Expertise in conducting tests and assessments
  • Influence standards and regulatory action
  • Implementation of early certification


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Project #2, 2019/20:

The future of laundry-and textile care

New requirements for high-tech textiles in the next decade


Initial situation:

The textile and laundry care industry is facing extraordinary challenges. The next decade will be significantly influenced by various technical factors. These include above all:

  • Multifunctionality through smart properties, for example according to IPC-WP-024 (White Paper on Reliability and Washability of Smart Textile Structures - Readiness for the Market and CEN/TR 16298:2012 Textiles and textile products - Intelligent textiles - Definitions, classification, applications and need for standardisation
  • Dynamic demands on comfort and functionality
  • New treatment methods, washing and care products as well as machines
  • The sustainable use of textile materials ("circular economy")

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Project #3, 2019/20:

Future oriented production and application of cleaning textiles

Phase 2: Environmentally relevant emission contributions during production, re-use, recycling and disposal


Initial situation:

The application laboratory Weber & Leucht has already carried out a first phase of technological consideration of the release of polymer particles ("microplastics") in the period from 2016 to 2018 as part of a joint project. A total of 11 international manufacturers of cleaning textiles participated in the project and, together with the laboratory, developed a joint test method:

The so-called "MLC-Index" is a new, innovative rating method that provides reliable information on whether high quantities of microplastics occur during the service life of textiles.

A central goal of the project group is to propose this method to the European Union as part of a new Ecodesign Directive. In addition, the procedure will be presented to leading certification bodies currently evaluating the sustainability of cleaning textiles.

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