Testex: 175th anniversary

175th anniversary

(Source: Testex)
(Source: Testex)

Founded in 1846 and originally known as the “Seidentrocknungsanstalt Zurich” (Silk Conditioning Institute), Testex is one of the oldest companies in Zurich/Switzerland. The institute’s original core business was determining the commercial weight of raw silk. However, the 2nd half of the 20th century saw the decline of the silk industry, and the company underwent a transformational process. It began to extend its testing to other fibers and was renamed to Testex AG, Swiss Textile Testing Institute, in 1970.

Its transformation into a leading independent testing institute for human ecology began in the early 1990s, and Testex joined the Oeko-Tex Association in 1993. Nowadays the company focuses on a holistic approach, offering its customers complete solutions in order to successfully take on the sustainability challenges that the fashion industry faces today.

The developments of the textile industry towards a more sustainable future have also played a big role in the evolution of textile testing methods. Testex is constantly involved in R&D projects. Together with Oeko-Tex, it is working on creating a screening lifecycle assessment tool (currently in a pilot phase) to allow facilities to measure and report on their environmental impacts, furthermore enabling them to identify big opportunities for carbon emission and water reduction. The tool, which is currently in a pilot phase, will contribute to building a benchmark and one of the most robust climate impact databases in the industry.

A variety of modern testing equipment is available for both physical textile testing and analytical tests. The state-of-the-art equipment and software now allows laboratory staff to process their results competently at home and to control devices remotely, an important part of Testex’s digitalization process.

For further information: www.testex.com

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