Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co.KG
Kadelburgerstraße 11 / D - 79787 Lauchringen
phone: +49 77 41 602 0 / fax: +49 77 41 602 388
Logo Lauffenmühle
Textile Innovation
from thread 
to cloth

Fabric for professional, safety and CI-related company clothing

Experience of more than 180 years of textile production

Tradition and innovation

Lauffenmühle

In the 1970s, the local press wrote an article about the company - a big company with more than 2,000 employees during this period, while older textile and former employees also know the “high-times” of the company with regard to denim or cord, since, by the end of 2009, Lauffenmühle also produced a large number of fabrics for the fashion sector, in addition to fabrics for professional clothing.

Lauffenmühle is one of the oldest textile companies in Germany. Since 1834, textiles have been produced on the banks of the Wutach in Lauchringen. Today the fully-fledged textile company specializes in the sustainable production of fabrics for classical workwear, hospital and nursing care as well as for personal protective equipment, and fabrics for CI-compatible company clothing are also part of the range.

The complete textile company with spinning, weaving and finishing in Germany produces at the two locations in Lauchringen and Lörrach in the D-A-CH triangle, in the heart of Europe.

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Fully integrated production

“Made in Germany”

Since 1834, its founding year as a textile company, the company has continuously developed into a state-of-the-art all-process textile company.Lauffenmühle specializes in the development and production of fabrics for professional, corporate and protective clothing.As a result of consistent development work as well as continuing investment in new production technologies and active cooperation with renowned research institutes and leading universities, Lauffenmühle is now a premium name for textile innovation. With its established organization and completely settled infrastructure, Lauffenmühle finds itself fully committed to Germany as its location.

The proximity to European customers, to relevant research institutes as well as suppliers plays a decisive role.As one of the leading European manufacturers of high-quality yarns and fabrics, Lauffenmühle produces exclusively in Germany at two locations: Lauchringen (headquarter with spinning, weaving and administration) and Lörrach (finishing).In addition, well-trained and motivated employees are a decisive success factor for the future which Lauffenmühle in Germany sees optimally fulfilled. And - last but not least, the company feels just right in the triangle D-A-CH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at the foot of the Southern Black Forest - right in the heart of Europe.

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Sustainability

The European market for workwear and protective clothing is fiercely contested, including through Asian imports. We are different because we implement a traditionally and strategically anchored philosophy for sustainability with utmost consistency. Whereas our product policy finds even more concerted implementation.

Since 2000: environmental management system ISO 14001 | Since 2009: Energy management system: EN 16001/ISO 50001. In general, heat recovery, waste reduction and recycling, use of hydropower for CO2-free electricity production and efficient waste water utilization at the production site.

Concerted, dedicated environmental responsibility

On the product side, since 2008, we have met the very high requirements of the international bluesign® standard of the textile industry and certified all our textiles according to Öko-Tex Standard 100, product class 1 (so-called 'baby class').

On the procedural side, we shifted from C8-chemistry to C-6 chemistry

Use of sustainable raw materials like lyocell fibers (Tencel® by Lenzing) from the wood of sustainably cultivated plantations; Fairtrade cotton and recycled polyester for new cradle-to-cradle-certified textiles, we replace conventional polyester with a modified variant, which is safe for biological regeneration.

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Products supporting regeneration

In line with our vision of providing the textile industry with innovative and sustainable products, we feel that it is time for regenerative textiles. Therefore, we have developed fabrics that meet the sustainable Cradle to Cradle principle. After a long product service life, they can be returned to the biological cycle without pollutants.

Cradle to Cradle® means not generating any waste any more.

The principle follows the fundamentals of continuous regeneration of all materials used without any downcycling: “closing the Loop”. For textiles, we decided on the biological cycle instead of a technical one.

Products according to the Cradle to Cradle® standard are safe for biological regeneration: neither the textile fibres nor the chemicals used, e.g. dyes, sizing agents etc. leave behind harmful residues after returning to the biological cycle.

After returning to the biological cycle, the textiles form the nutrient for micro-organisms and thus for new life, cultivation of foodstuffs, etc.

We are delighted to be able to present our innovations at the trade fair A+A (Occupational Health and Safety) being held in Düsseldorf from 17 to 20 October 2017. You will find us in Hall 3, Stall no. 3 / E63. We look forward to meeting you there.

Quality in the smallest fibre

Company, product and raw material certifications

product certifications

TheInternational bluesign® Standard for the textile industryis the solution for a sustainable production of textiles. It excludes environmental pollutants from the outset from the manufacturing process, establishes guidelines and controls their compliance with environmentally friendly and safe production. This ensures, on the one hand, that the finished textile product is able to withstand the strictest consumer protection requirements worldwide. On the other hand, the consumer has the confidence to acquire a sustainably manufactured product.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®is a globally uniform, independent testing and certification system for textile raw, intermediate and end products of all processing stages as well as the accessories used.

  • Product class I:
    Articles for babies and toddlers up to 3 years (underwear, rompers, clothing, bed linen, terry cloth etc.)
  • Product class II:
    items close to skin (underwear, bed linen, T-shirts, stockings etc.)
  • Product class III:
    Items not directly touching the skin (jackets, coats etc.)
  • Product class IV:
    Furnishing materials (curtains, tablecloths, upholstery furniture, etc.)

Cradle to Cradle®describes the safe and potentially infinite circulation of materials and nutrients in circulation.

It is a design concept, where nature has as an example. All products are designed according to the principle of a potentially infinite circulation economy. After their use, the materials return to the producer, can be traced back into the technical or biological cycle – the value chain is thus considered from the raw material to the remaining product.

The biological cycle, which is selected by Lauffenmühle, circulates consumer goods which can be recycled without pollutants after use. They become compost or other nutrients that make up new products. The waste of an old product becomes the “food” for a new product.

Company certifications

The certification according to the quality management system standard ISO 9001 forms the basis for the continuous improvement process of the company-internal quality assurance system (QAS). It establishes the minimum requirements for a quality management system to be implemented by companies to meet customer requirements and product quality requirements. The QA system allows, for example:

  • the transparency of the operational processes
  • Getting greater customer satisfaction
  • Reduce the error rate and thus costs

The process-oriented QA system accompanies all essential operational processes and puts them to the test. This can also be used to identify opportunities for improvement in good organizations.

The ISO 14001 environmental management system standard is the globally accepted and applied standard for environmental management systems. The norm was last amended in 2015. It establishes requirements for an environmental management system that enables an organization to improve its environmental performance, meet legal and other obligations and achieve environmental objectives. The key elements of ISO 14001 are:

  • Planning:
    the definition of environmental objectives and related actions, responsibilities and procedures;
  • Implementation:
    the implementation of the defined measures and procedures;
  • Control:
    review of the competencies and procedures and the environmental management measures and environmental management guidelines (so-called “environmental policy”) of the organization;
  • Improvement:
    the adaptation of responsibilities, procedures and measures as well as, where appropriate, the environmental objectives and environmental guidelines

The goal of an Energy management system according to ISO 50001 is the continuous improvement of the energy performance of a company. The standard describes the requirements for a company to implement, operate and continually optimize an energy management system. If the implementation of this systematic approach is successful, a company improves its energy-related performance, increases its energy efficiency and, at the same time, optimizes its energy use.

Raw material certifications

TheFairtrade seal for cotton wool stands for raw cotton which has been grown and traded fairly. The cotton in textiles that bear this seal is 100% Fairtrade certified. The route of the raw cotton processed in the final product can be traced directly back to the origin. This means that fair-trade cotton can be further processed separately at every stage of the production and processing of conventional cotton. The cotton seal can be found, for example, on clothing, crockery and towels, bed linen, professional clothing or bags.

TheFairtrade Programme forcacao, sugar andcotton bring together fairtrade producers and companies interested in purchasing these raw materials. In contrast to the classic fairtrade seal, the programmes focus on fair raw material purchases and not the composition and certification of individual products. Thus, companies can enter into extensive purchase commitments for one or more raw materials with fairtrade smallholder organizations, which are then used by the manufacturers within their range or company-wide. This brings higher paragraphs for fairtrade smallholders, and more Fairtrade premium income in favour of farmers, farmers and their environment. The fairtrade programme for cotton focuses on people at the very beginning of the textile value chain: the farmers who grow and harvest the cotton and usually do not even earn enough to cover their own production costs. Companies purchase an agreed quantity of cotton at fairtrade conditions and use this over their entire production or in certain collections. The fairtrade cotton does not have to be separated from conventional cotton.

Participating companies may fairly point out the programmes through their company communications (website, sustainability report) if they purchase a certain proportion of the total cotton.

Recycled Polyesters: although polyesters are also found in nature, polyester is a large family of synthetic polymers (plastics), which are often used for polycarbonates(PC) and, above all, for technical applications important, thermoplastic polyethylene terephthalate(PET). Plastic bottles, for example, consist of the plastic poly-ethylene terephthalate (PET). The basic polyester is obtained from oil, a raw material that is increasingly scarce and expensive. Plastic bottles, which can no longer be filled, are therefore made of clothing. For this purpose, the bottles are washed, sorted and processed into so-called PET flakes – a form which is more favourable for transportation. The resulting secondary raw material is ground and heated. The molten plastic is then drawn by means of an injection nozzle process into threads, which are then woven into fibres. The material obtained is, for example, often processed into synthetic woven fur, better known as the “fleece”. Of course, other textiles can also be produced from the recycled material.