HPtex GmbH, with its roots in 2015, founded in Februray 2020, resides in Münchberg, Germany:
The development of its core product, a metal mesh for space antennas, has been initiated by both companies already back in 2015. The period of R&D development has been strongly supported by Fraunhofer Application Center for Textile Fiber Ceramics and the University of Applied Science Hof. Starting with a metal mesh for Ku-band applications, the portfolio is being extended continuously year by year. Meanwhile meshes for application from L- up to Ka-band are available and textiles fpr thermal hardware are extending the portfolio pf HPtex. This programmed growth also constantly opens new job perspectives for high potentials of the Bavarian Upper Franconia region.
Over the times relationship between all entities intensified – technically, personally and visionary. In November 2018 a cooperation agreement has been signed by all three partners, giving yet another boost to the joint development effort.
As the demand for metal meshes picked up speed, and additionally the option for a very large contract for an LDR-Subsystem (LDRS) with Europe´s Copernicus Program, namely “CIMR” appeared at the horizon, the directors of the two companies HPS and IPROTEX decided to take the next step: A Joint Venture, founded in February 2020.
With that, two expertise merge: the extraordinary technical skills of IPROTEX in „Technical Textiles” and the heritage of HPS in „Space Programs”. Since then, orders for high quality metal meshes of all kinds and for various purposes keep on pouring in.
Since 2022, the marked for meshes increased significantly worldwide with an growing number of providers of unfurlable reflectors, either small (below 5m) or large ones (above 5m). Consequently, HPtex expanded with additional machines for larger widths (up to 4.5m) and facilities for production, sewing and packing. “Made in Germany” is a value that is highly recognised by our customers in Europe, America, and Asia.
2023 our first high performance textile products in the space-domain “Thermal Hardware” have been added. On top of that we have plenty of other great product ideas for the next years to come.
Signature of a cooperation agreement between Ernst K. Pfeiffer (CEO of HPS),Timo Piwonski (CEO of IPROTEX) in November 2018
Cooperation agreement between Dr.-Ing. E. Pfeiffer and Prof. Dr. Frank Ficker (Lead of Fraunhofer Application Center for Textile Fiber Ceramics) in November 2018.
HPS – High Performance Structures GmbH – based in Munich
iprotex group – headquarters in Münchberg
Since foundation in the year 2000 HPS – High Performance Space Structures Systems GmbH – based in Munich, Germany, has grown to become one of the central European players in the fields of subsystems and components for space applications.
Customers like the European Space Agency ESA, the German Space Agency DLR, the European Union, and the large system integrators ThalesAleniaSpace, Airbus and OHB rely on quality and reliability of products made by HPS, including for example reflector antennas, deployable sail subsystems for de-orbiting space craft, thermal hardware like multilayer insulations, composite and metal lightweight structures. These experiences support the CIMR Project with an European LDRS made by SMEs with HPS as Subsystems Prime, HPtex as a subcontractor for the mesh and LSS (Germany) for the deployable reflector assembly.
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The iprotex group with its headquarters in Münchberg, Germany, is a global acting manufacturer of technical textiles with more than 20 years of experience. With currently 9 locations worldwide the group has a considerable global reach and works near to markets and customers all over the globe.
The original core business of iprotex covers development and manufacturing of innovative protective textiles for the automotive industry and OEM. The long-term experience and the deep expertise in textile engineering that has evolved over the years, now gets more and more transferred to other industries, where innovative textile solutions are needed and useful. Being a full-service textile manufacturer means to be first contact person for customers starting from the yarn and ending with successful textile application solution. At iprotex we are looking for challenges and see them as chances to grow – in our business and our skills.
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Here at HPtex, we are looking for motivated individuals who want to join us on our mission. Work for the european experts in space mesh technology and create the future together with us.