The Swiss Textile Machinery – In 1940, a year after the beginning of war II, events distant from the battlefields began to impact on the local machinery industry in Switzerland. One problem was a scarcity of skilled workers — through military service call-ups — and another was a shortage of staple, much of which was diverted to weapons production.
Solidarity grew out of a requirement for steel
Leaders of the textile machinery industry were increasingly concerned about their operations. Especially the necessity for non-ferrous metals and high-quality steel. Things became serious and a few companies within the industry wanted to request the Swiss Government to secure the specified staple needed to take care of production. The established principle of ‘united we are strong’ led representatives from 22 companies to hitch forces informing the primary textile machinery group. This was the origin of what today has grown into the Swiss Textile Machinery Association.
The members of the new Swiss Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers. Including well-known brands like Rüti, Sulzer, Rieter, and Saurer — weren’t actually manufacturing machines from the beginning. But that was just another crisis to be overcome.
Machinery manufacturing as a self-help solution
Making textiles was good business for several companies in Switzerland, including those mentioned, before 1806. That was the year when the continental blockade imposed by Napoleon created major problems. Machines from Great Britain — the highly industrialized home of machinery development pioneers — were in high demand by Swiss textile manufacturing companies. But suddenly they were not available — and nor were the vital spare parts.
Many Swiss textile companies responded by beginning to produce the urgently needed machines and components for themselves. and shortly. It became apparent that the assembly and export of machines were much more lucrative than their previous textile manufacturing activities. Swiss textile machinery industry was born.
Over the years, there have been numerous periods of great difficulty for the industry. World wars, global economic slumps, and other crises of varying degrees of seriousness followed one after another. The profile of the planet textile industry also changed. production has long ago migrated to the East and South-East. Despite this, or perhaps precisely due to this, Swiss textile machinery today holds a number. One position within the high-quality segment of special machines and top-quality materials.
Emerging stronger from another crisis – Swiss Textile Machinery,
Who would have guessed that the year of the Association’s 80th anniversary would see an epidemic crisis leading to the most important challenge of recent industrial history? “This crisis has hit the textile industry hard, and in my opinion. The complete impact will only become apparent towards the top of this year,” said Ernesto Maurer, president of the Swiss Textile Machinery Association.
The required skills for this situation are equivalent as previously: adaptability and adaptability. Experience through history provides grounds for a few optimism for Swiss producers today. “On one hand, I believe innovative solutions and therefore the confidence that Swiss Textile Machinery members will emerge from the crisis stronger than ever. On the opposite hand. I’m convinced that we’ll also pass this crisis during a Darwinian manner — even as we did when our association was founded,” Maurer added.
“Some of our members might prefer to relocate abroad, while others could join larger groups. Maybe some companies or activities won’t stay within the market. Still, I’m sure that Swiss Textile Machinery is going to be successful and maintain its leading position in post-corona times. Demonstrating that ‘united we are strong’ applies as true today as ever.”