Schoeller: 150 years of tradition and future opportunities

DruckSchoeller Textil AG is a Swiss company specializes in the development and production of innovative technical fabrics and smart textile finishing technologies. For its more than 500 brand partners in 50 countries, Schoeller produces an average of over six million meters of performance textiles per year. In September 2018, the company celebrated 150 years of tradition and future opportunities.

Everything started in 1868 when Rudolph Schoeller established “Schoeller & Sohne”, a company based on an age of ground-breaking achievement and progress. The company quickly expanded its activity. Then in 1954, Schoeller went on to purchase a textile mill located in the St Gallen Rhine Valley, in Sevelen, which later became the company’s current headquarters. That mill would soon launch the very first elastic fabric for the ski industry under the name “skifans”.

 Forerunner in sustainable

In developing the technologies, we always place enormous emphasis on sustainable, environmentally-friendly and responsible production, in compliance with the bluesign® system. The company has received the Oko-Tex Standard 100 certification and the Bluesigh award in 2008.

“Being able to reflect upon 150 year of textile experience, customer relationships and progress is an incredibly proud moment for our entire Schoeller family. This milestone is one for which we would like to thank our consumers and partners who have continually supporter and inspired our advancements, ” said Schoeller CEO Siegfried Winkelbeiner.

Bio-technologies and electronics in textiles

Schoeller’s innovations: the change membrane technology, the world’s first intelligent membrane, the well-known NanoSphere®, coldblack® and corkshell® technologies. 3XDRY® Bio and ecorepel® Bio, the new PFC-free technologies based on renewable raw materials.  Most recently, the company announced the availability of its heatable E-soft-shell, which won the DesignPrize Switzerland 2017/2018 for the textile category.

In 2012, Schoeller joined forces with the Eschler Group, experts in tailored, knitted fabric solutions, to offer and extensive range of complementary textile options. Eschler proposes functional knitted textiles for leisure and professional sports. These special textiles make an impact through an innovative combination of structure, delicacy and function. Whether on a bike, in the ski slopes or in elite sports such as Alpine skiing, speed skating, triathlon and rowing, Eschler knitted fabrics always provide the right performance.

“We work to stay ahead of the curve on all fronts – providing our customers with what they need, sometimes even before they know they need it” said Winkelbeiner.

 Fully-integrated production sites

Schoeller’s Sevelen headquarters include its production facilities that house weaving, dyeing, lamination, and coating departments, as well as the state-of-the-art research, development and testing laboratory. Its onsite administrative building is home to the design and sales, IT, marketing and accounting teams.

Textiles and technologies from Schoeller enhance quality of life. They combine high functionality with trendy looks and maximum comfort. They protect workers, support athletes, help with the nursing and care of patients and give fashions their unmistakeable appeal.

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