As of January 1, 2010 all the activities of GROB Textile AG, Lachen (Switzerland) were transferred to the Groz-Beckert Group headquarters in Albstadt, South Germany. The important reasons behind this far-reaching decision relate to a further reinforcement of the quality brand GROB as a genuine full-assortment provider and competent systems supplier in everything to do with weaving.Special emphasis has been placed here on know-how concentration, expansion of development, innovation and sales, cross-divisional synergies, even better service and optimal availability.
Parallel to this transfer of GROB activities, the headquarters of Groz-Beckert in Albstadt will in future also be the contact partner for the portfolio in everything involved in weaving preparation of companies Oskar Fischer GmbH & Co. KG, Rottenburg and Knotex GmbH & Co. KG, Augsburg, as well as for drawing-in machines. Both companies, with their comprehensive weaving-preparation portfolios, represent a strategic enhancement of the existing range of weaving-machine components.
As the central distribution brand of the Groz-Beckert weaving machine component division, GROB will remain the competent systems supplier for weaving. Future security is guaranteed here by the Groz-Beckert Group, which is providing a wide-ranging corporate base worldwide with approximately 6,300 employees. This is an important argument, especially in economically turbulent times - as is the proven GROB quality, which will remain a decisive unique selling point in the future as well. For all GROB products, from the heald to the heald frame, will continue to be manufactured at the Group's own facilities as before. The highest standards of quality and delivery thus go without saying. Moreover, where securing of market-suitable product availability is concerned, the current strategy will also be retained.
GROB and Groz-Beckert have grown together steadily since the year 2000. The integration that took place nine years ago marked the beginning of an interdisciplinary cooperation that generated important synergies and further development. This solidarity has been demonstrated impressively; examples include the ITMA 2007 in Munich or the ITMA Asia + CITME 2008 in Shanghai. The bringing together of all relevant activities to a shared location is now providing an optimized basis - especially in these troubled economic times - that will serve the markets more efficiently and more economically. With its weaving machine components division, Groz-Beckert now sees itself as well-positioned to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.