Schlafhorst enters the Year of the Horse with energy and momentum, and will consolidate and expand its market position in China and other Asian markets.
With the commissioning of the 500,000th BD spinning position and the 1,000,000th Zinser spindle from the plant in Suzhou, Schlafhorst China can celebrate two outstanding events at the same time this year. Once again, the company thus impressively confirms its status as the most successful textile machinery manufacturer in China. Schlafhorst has marked the handover of the anniversary spindles to the Shandong Linqing Sanhe Textile Group and the Linqing Huaxing Textile at an exclusive ceremony on 24-25 February 2014 with other distinguished customers and high-ranking representatives from the world of politics and the economy.
A unique success story
Textile machines from Schlafhorst were creating a stir in China half a century ago, laying the foundation for the companys excellent image in what is now the worlds biggest market for textile machinery. Schlafhorst itself has been active as a company in China since 1990. The plant in Suzhou was opened in 2002.
Since then Schlafhorst has been producing BD rotor spinning machines there for the global market. Average annual production rose from nearly 8,000 spindles in the first year to such an extent that in around just ten years 500,000 BD spinning positions accrued - a unique success story. Spurred on by this success, the plant was extended to include the production of the Zinser 360 ring spinning machine. Following this earlier model, Schlafhorst now manufactures the Zinser 71 generation of ring spinning machines for the Chinese and some other markets there. Now the 1,000,000th ring spindle has left the plant.
The success hasnt come about by accident. Schlafhorst understands better than any other company how to satisfy the demands of the Chinese market with the German concept of quality, innovative technology, efficient local production and a unique cost-benefit ratio. Targeted technology transfer and Schlafhorsts wholly owned production facility in China make it possible to achieve the minimum time to market for technical innovations. Both the BD rotor spinning machines and the Zinser ring spinning machines are tailored to the special needs of the markets. Schlafhorst thus succeeds in remaining a step ahead of the competition.
Innovation, performance, motivation and consistent customer orientation are integral elements of the excellent corporate culture of Schlafhorst China and another building block in the success story. Highly skilled employees who have shown their loyalty to the company over many years ensure continuity in customer relationships and an unsurpassed quality of service. They inspire their customers by their professionalism, expertise and genuine commitment.
All the companys activities are geared to one aim alone: to enable customers to react more quickly, flexibly, efficiently and successfully to the demands of their markets. Schlafhorst has been realising this aim for decades with optimal, uncompromising quality, solution-oriented innovations and customer-oriented service.
BD innovations delivered from China
The BD rotor spinning machine from Schlafhorst is a success story. It has also been manufactured in Suzhou, at Schlafhorsts Chinese plant, since 2002 and with its innovative technologies the BD has been blazing a trail in the sector right from the outset.
The very first generation of machines produced in Suzhou, the BD 320, attracted huge interest with its fascinating innovations. Not only was it the first semi-automatic rotor spinning machine to attain a rotor speed of 100,000 rpm in practice, it even featured Joint Spinning In back in 2002 - a synchronous quick-start system that is unique up to this day and has been developed and improved continuo