Schoeller Textil AG from Sevelen (St. Gallen) and the Eschler Group from Bühler (Appenzell Ausserrhoden) – two innovative, family-owned Swiss textile companies focusing on stretch wovens and knits – have recently announced that they are joining forces.

Under the management of Schoeller Textil AG, this merger will permit both parties to bring their product ranges to an even broader market with the synergy of woven and knitted fabrics working to create a wider and more unique assortment for the textile sector. The range of innovative Schoeller textiles and technologies is complemented by high quality and highly functional Eschler knitted fabrics in order to meet the future requirements of joint customers as thoroughly as possible.

Eschler and Schoeller have been working together in production for many years. Peter Eschler commented on their partnership by saying, "The Eschler family is proud to be represented in this merger, both at the operative level and as shareholders." In November 2011, Eschler announced that an innovation center was to be built in Bühler in the course of restructuring measures. This plan will now be implemented in Schoeller’s research and development department in Sevelen and in the Schoeller laboratory for chemical analysis and microbiological studies in Gams. "The power of this concentrated expertise opens up entirely new dimensions for further exciting developments," declared Hans-Jürgen Hübner, Administration Board Member of Schoeller Textil AG.

The sales organization for commercial and professional sportswear will remain in Bühler employing 45 people while Schoeller takes over Eschler in Balingen, Germany. Former Managing Director Matthias Eschler will remain in charge of the plant in Germany and will work to further expand the Technical Textiles segment. In addition to these textiles, Balingen’s production plant will manufacture the high-tech knit fabrics needed for Schoeller’s sportswear.

Eschler will retain its brand independence within its new association with Schoeller, which will soon be commissioning a new, highly modern automated washing system for stretch wovens and knits at the Sevelen site. Maximum consideration will be given to the highest environmental standards and economical use of resources and production will continue to comply with bluesign® – a globally acknowledged ecological standard for textiles.