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#063 Kurt Haselwander about the fascinating world of spinning wool

Kurt Haselwander Schoeller Spinning Group Wool Academy

Kurt Haselwander is the CEO of the Austrian based Schoeller Spinning Group. In this Wool Academy Podcast episode, Kurt talks about the company’s 170 year history and how it continued to adapt its strategy in order to be successful also in the 21st century. He explains the difficulties spinning companies based in Europe had to go through and what strategies helped the Schoeller Spinning Group to survive. These strategies include product innovation, environmental stewardship and getting closer to retailers and brands.

 

About Kurt Haselwander

Kurt Haselwander’s main focus is on the innovative and sustainable use of wool in a wide variety of applications, such as the automotive industry and the development of technical and functional yarns. For many years he was mainly been responsible for the Schoeller production facilities, including wool finishing, dyeing and spinning. Since the beginning of 2014, he has been in charge of sales, purchasing and marketing.

Kurt Haselwander also serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Professional Association for Worsted Yarn Spinning in the Industrial Association of Yarns + Fabrics in Germany and of the Association of German Worsted Yarn Spinners. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Association of the German Wool Association and a board member of the German Industrial Association for Yarns and Technical Textiles.

 

Connect with Kurt Haselwander here

The Schoeller Spinning Group website

Schoeller’s Facebook page

 

Key Time Stamps

[00:52] Abut Kurt Haselwander

[01:57] About the Schoeller Spinning Group

[03:04] The product range of the Schoeller Spinning

[03:39] The history of the Schoeller Spinning Group

[04:55] The changes Schoeller had to go through

[07:01] The biggest challenges Schoeller is facing today

[08:16] About technical yarns

[09:42] About traveltex yarns

[11:22] The most exciting yarns at Schoeller

[13:07] EXP treatment

[16:13] Why Schoeller takes part in retail fairs

[19:36] Why there is a lot of wool industry in Czech Republic

[22:43] How to find skilled workers for a spinning mill

[25:39] How to connect with the Schoeller Spinning Group

 

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About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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