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#080 Giovanni and Marco Schneider about building a global wool processing business

Giovanni and Marco Schneider Wool Academy Podcast

Giovanni and Marco Schneider are the leaders behind the wool processing company The Schneider Group. In this episode, father and son talk about what it means to run a family business.

 

About the Schneider Group

The Schneider Group is a family-run, multinational company based in the south of Switzerland close to the Italian border. The Schneider Group has been founded in 1922 by Giovanni Schneider as a wool trading company. When his son Marco Schneider joined the company he added early stage wool processing to the business. Today, his son Giovanni Schneider is leading the company forward.

Schneider is a world leader in the processing and supply of high-quality wools and natural fibres. The Schneider Group operates combing mills in Italy, China, Egypt and Argentina.

Over the years, the Group has grown into a solid, integrated organization with production facilities managed by an independent Industrial Division. The sourcing and selection of raw materials in their countries of origin is handled by an extensive network of specialized laboratories performing quality tests and fully-owned purchasing organizations located in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, China, Mongolia and Iran.

 

Connect with the Giovanni and Marco Schneider here

The Schneider Group website

Schneider on Facebook

Schneider on Instagram

Schneider on YouTube

Key Time Stamps

[00:48] About Giovanni and Marco Schneider

[02:00] About the Schneider Group

[03:44] The product range of the Schneider Group

[04:20] About the history of the Schneider Group

[08:04] How Marco Schneider started in the family business

[11:12] How Giovanni Schneider started in the family business

[12:22] How best to work together as a family

[15:24] The benefit of having different wool combing mills around the world

[20:34] Managing a diverse range of cultures in one company

[22:23] About the Authentico Integrity Scheme

[25:16] What is the difference between Authentico and other schemes?

[29:52] Most fascinating countries

 

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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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