For years now, knitting technologists from all over the world have been organising themselves in the International Federation of Knitting Technologists (IFKT). The Federation was founded in Switzerland in the 1950s and has its headquarters in Reutlingen, Germany. The working languages of the international association are English and German.
The assignments and goals of the IFKT association are to connect multinational knitting-industry experts through informal professional groups, to support the interests of the knitting industry and take care of its technical and scientific development, to exchange research findings and specialised knowledge and to promote cooperation between the industry and educational and research institutions.
The international association IFKT comprises of national IFKT sections and individual members from countries that have not yet established their own national sections. Members of the Federation are not only individuals but also well-established industrial companies, educational and research institutions and manufacturers of textile equipment. The IFKT meets every two years at a general congress, which is organised by a different national section each time. Moreover, individual experts from countries that are not IFKT members and journalists from specialised knitting and general textile press attend the congress, which is considered the most important event where knitting experts from all over the world meet on a regular basis.
The Slovenian national IFKT section (IFKT SLO) was founded in 2002 within the Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. The Slovenian IFKT section connects Slovenian knitting experts from the field of industry, research and development, science, education and design. It operates on the premises of the Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Chair of Mechanical Textile Technology, where all the necessary equipment is available.
45. KONGRES MEDNARODNEGA ZDRUŽENJA PLETILSKIH TEHNOLOGOV IFKT, Ljubljana, 27. – 29. MAJ 2010
Members of the Slovenian national IFKT section are knitting companies, educational institutions and individuals:
Activities of the IFKT SLO are supported by the Tekstilec magaizne:
Prof. Dr. Marcus O. Weber
Telephone + 49 (0) 2161 186 6011
Telefax + 49 (0) 2161 186 6013
University of Ljubljana, NTF
Department of textiles