Company profile


Sympatex Technologies has been one of the leading global suppliers of high tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories, protective workwear (Contract & Workwear) and technical applications. Sympatex is represented in more than 20 countries with its headquarter in Munich/Unterföhring.


Sympatex develops, manufactures and sells membranes, laminates, functional textiles, finished products and bespoke end products for a range of applications with selected partners all over the world.


Sympatex materials are optimal breathable, 100% windproof and waterproof and are manufactured using completely recyclable membranes.
The technologies and processes are based on the principle of ecological responsibility and sustainability.


The Sympatex brand was created in 1986 by the Akzo Nobel Group as a result of a polymer patent application. The Dutch group of companies used the polymer product to develop pioneering membrane technology. The brand name was created from an amalgamation of the terms “sympathetic” (resp. “friendly”) and “textiles”. After 1986 Sympatex had its German headquarters in Wuppertal.

In 2003 the traditional textiles company Ploucquet, a long term laminate partner of Sympatex based in Heidenheim a.d. Brenz, took over both the brand and the technology from Sympatex. From then on the group concentrated on the production of functional materials in its apparel, footwear and contract & workwear business units.