FIT to FORM - Sustainable nonwovens for shoulder pad production have been in successful use since the 1970s

TENOWO, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of nonwovens, laid the groundwork for a very successful business as a supplier to the apparel industry back in the mid-1970s. With the development of innovative materials for use in shoulder padding, and in close cooperation with a globally active company, in the field of shoulder padding production for the apparel industry, Tenowo managed to position itself as the worldwide market leader for this product group.

The product


The difficulty in developing these products was and remains the effort to combine a wide range of properties with implementation of specific customer requirements, while taking market pricing into account at the same time.

To this end, nonwovens were developed on the basis of a wide variety of reinforcement methods in cooperation with suppliers of raw materials; these nonwovens included thermally, mechanically and chemically reinforced nonwovens.

The technology of ‘chemical reinforcement’ has emerged as a good balance between the properties achieved and a good cost profile. As the extremely positive feedback we have received from all of our well-known clothing customers and ready-to-wear retailers confirms, our outstanding performance has made us a best-seller to this day.

Ever since the market launch, the products have continuously been developed further and adapted in light of the latest market developments and customer requirements.

Today, we offer 9 different core products, ranging from 50 g/m² to 135 g/m², in a variety of colours and widths, for different applications in the top and bottom layer. With the end customers in mind, the portfolio was also extended to include developments and products for use in the interfacing for jacket fronts (coated and uncoated) and armhole stabilisation.

Sustainability and "made in Germany"

One current focus for shoulder padding items is on sustainability and is shaped by the use of recycled and renewable raw materials. In addition to the energy (ISO 50001) and environmental management systems (ISO 14001) for sustainable production and the Öko-Tex 100 certification that have been in place for years, Tenowo has set itself the aim of achieving GRS certification.

As a global player, Tenowo is proud that it can continue to offer products that are made in Germany.

Applications and properties


Our products combine core properties and offer advantages such as


  • good, stable volume
  • soft and pleasant to the touch despite good reinforcement and integration of the fibre materials to reduce pilling
  • good deformability, free from wrinkling and creasing effects
  • good elastic recovery, as well as
  • washing and dry-cleaning resistance

Our customers and partners

TENOWO works closely not only with suppliers to the apparel industry but also directly with clothing manufacturers and brands to quickly and continuously respond to the trends and requirements of the markets, and to implement this in sophisticated and tailor-made further developments.


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Global Footprint

Tenowo GmbH
Fabrikzeile 21
95028 Hof

Tenowo Hof GmbH (Germany)
Werk Moschendorf
Oberkotzauer Str. 4
95032 Hof

Tenowo Reichenbach GmbH
Am Windrad 5
08468 Heinsdorfergrund / Reichenbach

Tenowo Mittweida GmbH
Viersener Straße 18
09648 Mittweida
MILAN (Italy)
Tenowo Italia S.r.l.
Via Sardegna, 18/20
20072 Fizzonasco di Pieve Emanuele (MI)
Huzhou (China)
Tenowo Huzhou New Materials Co., Ltd.
555 Huangzhishan Road
Huzhou City 313005
Zhejiang Province, China
Lincolnton (USA)
1968 Kawai Road
Lincolnton, N.C. 28092
Tenowo de Mexico S de RL de CV
Real de Lomas 350
Lomas 4a Sección
San Luis Potosí, SLP C.P 78216