Südwesttextil and the industry it represents

Clothing/textiles is Germany’s second-largest consumer-goods industry, and the country is a global market leader for technical/industrial textiles. Südwesttextil is the association that represents the interests of textile manufacturers/employers based in the State of Baden-Württemberg. It has some 200 member companies, with a total of 24,000 employees. Together, they generate revenues of 7 billion euros annually. Many of them are key suppliers to the automotive, aerospace and healthcare industries, while others bring color and comfort to our lives with attractive fashion items and high-quality home textiles. Südwesttextil advises its members, engages in political and business networking, represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, actively supports textile research, and promotes social and environmental standards.

Textiles from Baden-Württemberg. The material of the future.

Core tasks and skills

    • Advice on employment/labor and social-security legislation

    (employment contracts, warnings, notices of termination, time limits, part-time work, works constitution law, etc.)

    • Out-of-court representation
    • Legal representation before the labour and social courts at all instances
    • Collective-bargaining policy and legislation
    • General workforce-related issues

    (remuneration systems, working hours, health management, reintegration into the workplace, management systems, health and safety at work, demographics, etc.)

    • Business law

    (contract law, commercial and sales law, corporate law, antitrust law, mergers and acquisitions, trademark law, etc.)

    • Data protection
    • Advice and information

    (vocational training, employee development, etc.)

    • Attracting and retaining specialists and executives

    (campaigns to attract apprentices/trainees, education and training fairs, etc.)

    • GATEX training center

    (programs for apprentices/trainees/cooperative university students, further skills development for employees, programs for unskilled textile workers, seminars, workshops, etc.)

    • Surveys and statistics

    (market conditions for textiles and clothing in Baden-Württemberg, the textile labor market, Germany-wide statistics, data research for individual members, etc.)

    • Exports
    • Environmental policy and chemicals regulations

    (lobbying at state, national and EU level, advice, workshops, etc.)

    • Energy policy and supply

    (advice on procurement and procurement pooling)

    • Manufacturing technology
    • Clothing labels
    • Customs
    • A powerful advocate for textile manufacturing in many arenas and forums
    • Main player behind the Baden-Württemberg Alliance of Fiber-Based Materials
    • Contacts with economic policymakers
    • Member of diverse umbrella and partner organizations
    • Representative of the textile industry within broader organizations

    (Federal Employment Agency, universities, research institutes, etc.)

    • Press relations
    • Production of content on the textile industry, including for social media
    • Campaigns
    • Marketing
    • Events
    • Trade shows

Governing bodies

Supervisory Board

  • Chairman - Dipl.-Kfm. Bodo Th. Bölzle
  • 1st vice-president and treasurer - Mathias Eggle
  • 2nd vice-president - Dipl.-Betriebswirtin Donata Apelt-Ihling
  • 3rd vice-president - Carina Ammann
  • 4th vice-president - Arved H. Westerkamp
  • Honorary member of the Presidium - Dipl.-Kfm. Carl F. Moll
  • Honorary member of the Presidium - Armin Knauer (gest. 26. Juli 2020)
  • Honorary president - Alex P. Gütermann (gest. 5. Nov. 2015)

Management Board

  • Carina Ammann
  • Dipl.-Betriebswirtin Donata Apelt-Ihling
  • Dipl.-Kfm. Bodo Th. Bölzle
  • Maximilian d'Huc
  • Jürgen Drescher
  • Jochen Eckhold
  • Mathias Eggle
  • Holger Kappus
  • Dr.-Ing. Manfred Kroneberg
  • Thomas Kübler
  • Dr. Oliver Maetschke
  • Dr.-Ing. Steffen Reinsch
  • Gabriele Renner
  • Armin Rombach
  • Miriam Schilling
  • Dipl.-Wirtschaftsing. Roland Stelzer
  • Oliver Streich
  • Tara Veit
  • Arved H. Westerkamp

Our team of Experts (german version)

Our offices


Südwesttextil e. V.
Türlenstraße 6
70191 Stuttgart

Telefon: +49 711 21050-0
Telefax: +49 711 233718

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Südwesttextil e. V.
Humboldtstrasse 3
79539 Lörrach

Telefon: +49 7621 4099-35
Telefax: +49 7621 4099-40

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