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Seams are the connecting elements    < 2014-05-03 >

CEO and Spokesman Bodo Th. Bölzle A broken seam is absolutely irritating. This statement also applies to technical textiles. Here, for example, a hole in the seam inevitably ends in a catastrophe – just think of an airbag that does not have high-quality seams. These aspects of thread production are everyday business to Amann, as, after all, the company, which even 160 years after its foundation is still in the hands of the founder’s family, ranks among the top three manufacturers of sewin

Always one step ahead    < 2014-05-03 >

The young and creative team of Gommus S.c.p.A. Innovation has been the keyword for Gommus S.c.p.A. all along and has led to numerous trendsetting achievements. Created in cooperation with international designers, Gommus® is the company’s historical brand and offers a wide range of versatile and high-performance products. St. Moritz is designed for the market of handcrafted and luxury shoes and excels for its sophisticated design. A result of the company’s continuous research into product

Fabrics for luxurious fashion    < 2014-05-03 >

Extremely luxurious fabrics made of silk, wool or cotton have to breathe the right quality, as otherwise, most fashion brands cannot embark on new production. They strongly focus on small, but fine weaving factories and dyeing and printing plants that know their craft inside out. “We are one of the leading suppliers in this segment, and our customers are some of the large fashion brands, among them prominent premium brands,” points out Sales Director and Co-Owner Filippo Girani. His father Gi

Precious pieces    < 2014-05-03 >

Armani, Versace, Missoni, Prada, Fendi, Gucci – these ones and many other Italian fashion houses are celebrating international success which brave the crisis. ‘Made in Italy’ is celebrating a remarkable comeback. Also Uno Maglia has a reason to be pleased. “The 15 best known luxury fashion brands are among our customers,” explains Managing Director Dott. Bertrand Thiry. “Due to the comeback of the quality symbol ‘made in Italy’ we have acquired many customers who are part of the international

A global approach    < 2014-05-03 >

The history of the enterprise dates back to 1926, when Shri Gajadhar Mansinghka founded his first textile business in India. “Today, the Indian-based group of companies is run by Anil Mansinghka,” explains Amit Lath, managing partner at Sharda Europe, and with the company for 15 years. Mr. Lath is responsible for developing new products in terms of company sales, and maintaining relationships with banks and trade partners. “The enterprise’s original focus was set on the supply of raw material

Looking for perfection    < 2014-05-03 >

“Every season, we start again, every six months it is a new challenge to succeed. Finding perfection is the constant drive,” says Commercial Director Chantal Spaas who founded the fashion brand together with Sofie d’Hoore more than 20 years ago. While Ms. Spaas concentrates on the commercial side of the business, selling the collection designed by Sofie d’Hoore, her business partner Sofie d’Hoore is the ‘fashion brain’ behind the brand. “We really started with one pair of trousers, then a few

French favourites    < 2014-05-03 >

With over 15 million pieces distributed per year, equivalent to a turnover of about 35 million EUR, Textiss S.A.S. holds a prominent position as a producer and supplier of trendy undergarments, both under its own and under licensed brands. “We focus on the design, creation and distribution of lingerie and underwear for the volume market,” points out Marketing and Communications Manager Benjamin Caillaud. “Our collections are designed in-house.”

Tradition, innovation and flair    < 2014-05-03 >

Alberto Guardiani, president of Alberto Guardiani. Alberto Guardiani is a family-owned fashion company that was founded by Dino Guardiani in Montegranaro in 1947. “At the age of 20, I knew it was my turn to take over the business and implement my own ideas,” explains Alberto Guardiani, president of Alberto Guardiani. “Therefore, in 1981, the first Alberto Guardiani collection was launched. I had an unfailing urge to experiment and a keen desire to think outside the box. These facts motiva

Weaving a tale of success    < 2014-05-03 >

A multinational company today, Itema proves that the whole is stronger than the sum of its parts. The company was founded in 2001 and organized in its present form in 2012. The new Itema logo was released at the same time and has become a beacon of quality and reliability in the meantime.

If the shoe fits    < 2014-05-03 >

Quality and comfort our feet deserve – insoles made by SPAC s.r.l. “Our Polyair insole is probably our most popular product,” says Elena Corolaita, member of management at SPAC s.r.l. who has been with the company since 1988 in second generation. “It has been on the market since the beginning of the year 2000 and started off very well immediately. One of our customers for this product back then was ECCO, for example.” When ECCO moved its production to other countries it was quite a cut f

Loved by farmers and forest wardens alike    < 2014-05-03 >

“We have successfully weathered the recent crisis as we have converted our distribution system and have managed to acquire new customers,” stresses Yvonne Oehler who is working as deputy director and marketing manager for her family’s company. As the granddaughter of the company’s founders, Ms. Oehler, who holds a master in business administration, continues the family enterprise in the third generation. The story of Oehler Maschinen Fahrzeugbau started back in 1954 when Herbert and Marga Oehl

Living is our passion    < 2014-05-03 >

JK Wohnbau is acting with growing success at one of the most expensive property sites in Germany. “It has always been my aim to invest in the best properties and develop exclusive housing projects,” stresses CEO Dr. Josef L. Kastenberger. At the beginning in 1995, JK Wohnbau concentrated on small property projects with an exclusive character in the upmarket asset class. Gradually, the enterprise was able to invest in larger building projects.

Speed knows no limit    < 2014-05-03 >

Hubert Trunkenpolz, chief sales officer at KTM. “In Europe and the USA, our market share doubled in 2011,” explains Hubert Trunkenpolz, chief sales officer at KTM. “Our company offers an excellent product portfolio with its own unmistakeable design. At the present time, we specialise in the development and production of competitive off-road and street motorcycles as well as quad bikes. Especially the Enduro and offroad sector has always been one of our mainstays and still guarantees for o

Glass plays the leading role    < 2014-05-03 >

SKY TOWER: PRESS GLASS is the first company applying tempered glass on the basis of air cushion technology on a scale as used for the Sky Tower in Wroclaw, Poland. PRESS GLASS, which started in 1991, has rapidly become one of the key players in processing glass for construction. It is no coincidence that the huge building in Wroclaw, which heavily relies on glass design to enhance the visual attractiveness of a prominent building, was planned by architects who know PRESS GLASS’s dynamic,

Automotive solutions for a green future    < 2014-05-03 >

Managing Director Eric Nicolino CSF Poland focuses on three main business fields. These are fluid transfer systems, heating systems and cooling management systems. “In the coming years, we aim to enhance our activities in fluid transfer systems and to increase their share to around 50% of our overall business volume,” says Managing Director Eric Nicolino. A second mainstay of the business is the production of rubber hoses. Thirdly, body sealings and antivibration parts for engines and

Equipped for the future    < 2014-05-03 >

The skill and experience of 35 employees, combined with an exceptional machine park, enable Suoko Oy to carry out any civil engineering and earthmoving tasks required. “We are able to handle projects where there is a need to load and haul 5,000 m³ per day and bigger,” confirms Arto Blomqvist, administrative director of the company founded by his uncle Lauri Blomqvist in 1987. “Our original focus was on the extraction of turf from marsh, but we have focused on the construction and engineering

Swiss technology for European vehicles    < 2014-05-03 >

TEQ is a Swiss technology firm specialised in vehicle electronics. The company was founded in 1986 and developed its first CAN applications in 1989, equipping an urban bus with a CAN-based multiplex system. The main advantage of TEQ, as a mediumsized enterprise, is its capability of supplying individually custom-engineered vehicle electronics solutions. “CAN bus systems for coaches are a niche market with only two or three competitors,” says Francesco Prioglio, company founder and authorised s

Solid wood construction in perfection    < 2014-05-03 >

Founded in 2006, Unterrainer today employs 20 people. It is the sole domestic provider of solid wood panels from internal production. “We are always able to act quickly and flexibly,” explains Ing. Miriam Oberhuber, construction engineer at Unterrainer since 2010. Customers can rely on holistic services and raw materials of regional origin. “Apart from private builders, we also handle large construction projects with ease,” states the construction engineer. “Also, we are currently pushing our

Combining customer vicinity and cosmopolitan thinking    < 2014-05-03 >

Existing good contacts to VW, the vicinity to Suzuki and AUDI, and excellent logistics provided ideal conditions for the development of KAYSER AUTOMOTIVE HUNGÁRIA nearly ten years ago. The production of plastic components such as air ducts and brake pressure connections was taken up in 2004 and appreciated by a growing number of automotive suppliers and OEMs. By 2009, annual revenues had gone up to 4.6 million EUR – a result that was more than doubled in 2011 and will be surpassed yet again t

Window shopping in Hungary    < 2014-05-03 >

Founded in 1993 as a distributor for windows and doors, Fenstherm started production in 1998. It has survived recent crises because the company was flexible enough not to commit to private buyers, but rather to state projects. “Always adapt to the circumstances,” Managing Director Judit Bátor says. Government projects are now responsible for 50 to 60% of the 22 million EUR turnover. With Fenstherm Prémium, Zafir and Brill, the company offers windows of the low cost category and the middle seg

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