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13/11/2018 – Amann Group — auf Deutsch lesen

Reinventing the thread

?Threads as textile sensors or conductors for data and power: ‘smart yarns’, intelligent threads and yarns from Amann go far beyond ordinary textiles.

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What began more than 160 years ago with threads for the clothing industry today accounts for only part of the company’s business. The dress features the conjunction of classic embroidery and conductivity in the fashion sector © Amann Group

 
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The series of smart yarns at Amann include a line of conductive sewing and embroidery threads. For instance, being processed in the pain relief belt, they conduct electrical impulses and thus help in pain therapy © Amann Group

 
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Through innovations such as these, the Swabian Mittelstand company has become a world-leading manufacturer of sewing threads, embroidery threads and smart yarns. With high safety and quality standards as well as its own innovation laboratory performing intensive product testing and research, Amann aims to further advance the development of the thread and open up new application areas.

From functionality to design and safety, threads are used in many different fields. They fulfil different purposes depending on the application. But the thread always has to meet the same expectations: it must be of high quality in form, colour and function. Depending on the requirements profile, often there is more involved than simply producing the threads. “For our customers, we are not just a manufacturer. We are also a point of contact for textile questions and frequently participate in the entire development process,” says Bodo Bölzle, CEO and chairman of Amann.

Interdisciplinary expertise and intelligent solutions

To meet these specific expectations and allow it to fulfil its advisory role, the company targets the recruitment of experts in a wide range of different fields. Bölzle points out that this is a strategic step to further extend their lead. “We employ textile engineers alongside automotive specialists and electrical engineers. That gives us extra consulting expertise and expands the range of potential applications.” Amanns pioneering developments include smart yarns and threads that can transmit electricity or data. Sewed into a back pain belt, the smart threads conduct electrical impulses and help in pain therapy. Other application scenarios include textile moisture sensors or special embroidery threads that securely attach complex composite materials like carbon and glass fibre fabrics.

Looking back for the view ahead

Amann researches and tests innovative concepts in its own experimental laboratory, the Innovation Lab in Augsburg. In this development hotbed, the company works on its own concepts and customers’ ideas. As a result, but also through close collaboration with clients and industry, Amann succeeds in constantly reinventing the thread. While striving forwards, the Swabian Mittelstand company based in Bönnigheim always upholds its traditions and strict quality standards.

High environmental standards

Sustainable action is one of the Amann Group’s core values. The company therefore sets high environmental standards, based on German specifications, at all its sites. “For us, profitability and sustainability go hand-in-hand. Investments in resource efficiency and environmental safety are investments in the future,” says Bölzle, explaining the sense of responsibility for people and the environment.

Amann routinely participates in environmental initiatives and supports cultural and charitable institutions in the region. Bölzle: “We never take our success for granted. It is true that we are a global player, but we have retained our Swabian understatement.”

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