Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co.KG
Kadelburgerstraße 11 / D - 79787 Lauchringen
Phone: +49 77 41 602 0 / Fax: +49 77 41 602 388
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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 wipes the word’s nose” - the local press titled an article about the company in the 70s, a time when Lauffenmühle was producing huge amounts of fabrics for handkerchiefs. At that time, Lauffenmühle was a large company with more than 2.000 employees. Older textile workers and former employees also remember the ’heydays’ of the company with regard to denim or corduroy, because until 2009 Lauffenmühle produced not only fabrics for work wear but also fabrics for the fashion industry on a large scale.

Lauffenmühle is considered to be one of the oldest textile companies in Germany, as fabrics have been produced on the banks of the river Wutach in Lauchringen since 1834. Today, the fully integrated textile company specialises in the sustainable production of fabrics for classic work wear, for the hospital and care sector, as well as for personal protective equipment (PPE); fabrics for CI-compatible corporate clothing also form part of the product range.

The fully integrated textile company with spinning, weaving and finishing facillities in Germany produces at its two sites in Lauchringen and Lörrach in the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland, in the very 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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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.

Not only through first-class products, but also in production - for example through heat recovery, waste reduction and recycling, the use of hydropower for CO2-free power generation and efficient waste water utilisation in production.

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.

The presentation of our innovations druing the trade show PerformanceDays, which took place in Munich at November 28th - 29th 2018, attracted great interest among the visitors. We are glad to inform you at any time - Please contact us for your needs

Cradle to Cradle® is a registered trademark of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry LLC (MBDC).
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification mark licensed exclusively for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII).
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Company, Product & Material Certifications

Quality right down to the tiniest fibre

Product certifications

The International 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 Certified® Products Program describes the safe and potentially infinite circulation of materials & 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 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 imreases its energy efficiency and, at the same time, optimizes its energy use.proves its energy-related performance, inc

Raw material certifications

Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is an Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) initiative and the largest label for sustainably produced cotton from Africa.

It has set for itself the goal to protect the environment and help Sub Saharan African smallholder cotton farmers and ginnery workers improve their living and working conditions. The license fees paid by the demand partners are directly reinvested to benefit smallholder farmers, their families, ginnery workers in the project countries and nature protection. The above shown product label shows the consumer that with his purchase he has done something particularly good for the people in the producing countries and the environment.

Under the CmiA credo to help people help themselves Cotton made in Africa stands for an innovative approach that combines the aims of development cooperation with those of sustainable trade. Qualification programmes teach smallholder farmers about efficient and environmentally friendly cultivation methods that protect the environment and enable the farmers in the producing countries to live a better life. CmiA cotton is not artificially irrigated. Instead it is only rain-fed cultivated, GMO-free and has a considerably smaller ecological footprint than conventionally grown cotton. Per kilogram of cotton, CmiA saves more than 2,000 liters of water pand emits up to 40% less greenhouse gas emissions. Deforestation of primary forests or the use of highly hazardous pesticides according to international conventions are as strictly forbidden as slavery, human trafficking or child labor. International conventions for ethical trade such as the ILO core labour standards are firmly anchored in the set of the CmiA sustainability criteria.

The Fairtrade 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. The Fairtrade Cotton Program allows small farmers to sell more cotton under Fairtrade conditions.
More info: Direct to Fairtrade

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.