HistoryThe roots of today’s Schoeller Textil AG are anchored in an environment of new beginnings. The 1860s saw the emergence of such organizations as the Swiss Red Cross and such architectural achievements as the Gotthard Tunnel. This pioneering age also saw the establishment of our company: In 1868, Rudolph Schoeller moved from Breslau to Zürich and set up Switzerland’s first worsted yarn spinning mill in Schaffhausen with the name ”Schoeller & Söhne,” the origin of today’s Schoeller Textil AG.
Toward the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, invention, production and export are running at full throttle. Schoeller purchases its textile mill in Sevelen. Technical progress facilitates numerous rationalization and automation measures.
Man-made fibers such as polyamide or elasthan arrive in Europe from the USA. Schoeller takes up this trend and develops elastic fabrics. The first stretch ski pants come into existence. They replace the “scratchy” woollen pants in widespread use up to then.
During the economic crisis in the 1970s, the first subsidiaries are established overseas and production is concentrated in one location. In the 1990s, Schoeller constantly expands the range of fabrics and for the first time processes high-tensile aramid fibers in motorcycle wear. During the same period, Schoeller becomes involved with ecological production, receiving the first awards. The concept of innovation has a firm place in everyday life at Schoeller and is actively lived out with regard to new developments and sustainability.
Around 100 years after the establishment of the company, Schoeller expands further, securing the textile growth markets at the site with its own branches, joint venture participations and strategic cooperations. In addition, Schoeller becomes the first company worldwide to produce in accordance with the ecological principles of the bluesign® system in 2001. Over the years, Schoeller invests far in excess of 100 million CHF in production plants and ecological innovations.
Today we closely observe nature and draw our ideas from it. The individual is the central focus of our development work. We want to support consumers with intelligent textile products, promote wellbeing and help to increase physical and weather protection while improving comfort and ease of care. In other words: simplify life. That’s why we produce highly-functional textiles and innovative textile technologies for sports, work, lifestyle, protection, medicine and technical applications.