The TEGEWA Association comprises of manufacturers of the following:

Textile, paper, leather and fur auxiliaries and colourants, surfactants, complexing agents, antimicrobial agents, polymeric flocculants, cosmetic raw materials, pharmaceutical excipients and allied products.

TEGEWA was established in 1951 in Wiesbaden as an association of the manufacturers of chemicals, the name being an amalgam of these key activities: TExtilhilfsmittel” (textile auxiliaries), “GErbstoffe” (tanning agents) and “WAschrohstoffe” (detergent raw materials).

“The Association” is made up of the TEGEWA member companies. The management, based in Frankfurt, provides the following services for its members:

·         Generic advice on complex industry specific questions or matters of
          major interest

·         Representation of joint interests to authorities and organisations in
          Berlin and Brussels

·         Development of a network of branch representatives and organisations
          whose professional expertise is utilised in discussions and finding
          solutions to problems both at national and European level

·         Assistance during the implementation of national and European
          regulations and directives: through the initiation of projects, the
          production of guidelines, the provision of up-to-date information and 
          much more

·         Identifying and reviewing current attitudes and topics relevant to the

·         Production of information leaflets for the company’s internal use or for
          use as teaching materials in schools

Much of the Associations’ work is based on the know-how of its members, which is pooled and utilised by the TEGEWA management in more than twenty internal bodies.

These include technical and working groups, technical committees and experience exchange groups where issues are discussed and resolved, technical issues pursued and findings circulated in the form of publications to interested parties.
In addition, the Associations’ stand on issues will be developed and, in collaboration with authorities where appropriate, technical implementation discussed.

TEGEWA is a member of the German chemical industry association (VCI) and its management and member companies utilise the network of sector associations, the VCI and the European chemical industry council Cefic. In addition, TEGEWA maintains close ties with the European and national associations of the consumer industry.