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Staubli-Quality and innovation as a driving force for 125 years

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Stäubli – 125 years of passion for innovation
Stäubli – 125 years of passion for innovation

After starting in a small workshop in 1892, Stäubli has developed into a leading industrial partner for high-quality mechatronic solutions and technologies. With three dedicated activities – Connectors, Robotics and Textile – Stäubli is valued by industrial customers worldwide for its high-quality products and cutting-edge technologies. 

Two family threads came together at the end of the 19th century – the heyday of the Swiss textile industry – and were woven into a new corporate fabric: Rudolph Schelling and Hermann Stäubli, displaying both commercial acumen and technical skill, founded the company “Schelling & Stäubli” in the Swiss village of Horgen in 1892. At that time, this village on the shore of Lake Zurich – and on the silk road as well – was the site of many mills operating a total of some 1,000 weaving machines. Hermann Stäubli had acquired his initial know-how by repairing these machines. After a short time, he set out to produce superior machinery. His credo from the start was the highest quality and a pronounced customer focus. He sought no less than to make the world’s best dobbies – with which weaving mills could achieve optimal results. Even in those early days, Stäubli set very high targets for efficient production – specifically, to weave more fabrics at lower cost, higher quality, and with a greater variety of patterns.

Already in 1893, Schelling & Stäubli introduced their first dobby, designed and constructed in house. In 1900 they introduced the world’s first paper-card dobby, equipped with a warp-leasing system that is still in wide use today. Following the death of Rudolph Schelling in 1909, the company was renamed Stäubli.

Geographical spread and portfolio expansion
The Stäubli Group has grown exuberantly since 1892, in both technical and geographic terms. Already in 1909 Stäubli built its first factory in France, followed by additional production sites in other European countries as well as in the Americas and China. The Group’s Textile activities have grown in line with its corporate targets, and Stäubli has become a leading supplier to the global weaving industry. In 1969 Stäubli acquired the German company Trumpelt, which specialised in heavy dobbies.

Expertise in electronic Jacquard machines
As a shedding solution specialist in frame weaving, the company further decided to expand its range to include Jacquard weaving. This led to the acquisition of Verdol in Lyon, a manufacturer of mechanical Jacquard machines, and the founding of Stäubli Tagliabue S.p.A. in September 1985. The Italian production site specialises in the design and construction of Jacquard machines, and at that time double-lift open shed as well as oblique-shed Jacquard machines with endless paper (Verdol system) were being built. Already in 1986 Stäubli launched its first electronic Jacquard machine, an important milestone in Jacquard weaving. Easy handling, precision, speed, and increased design options are just a few of the advantages that have led to the continuing success of these machines.

Stäubli solutions cover the complete weaving process
The companies Zellweger (weaving preparation solutions) and Schönherr (carpet weaving systems) were purchased in 1994 and 1998. Since then, Stäubli’s product range has been significantly further developed. In terms of weaving preparation, Stäubli offers a comprehensive range that allows any mill to improve the efficiency of its weaving preparation workflow. The range includes machinery and solutions for automatic drawing in, warp tying, reading in 1:1 leases, and making quick style changes. The SAFIR automatic drawing-in installations exemplify what Stäubli stands for in the textile industry: innovation, quality, and reliability. Featuring state-of-the-art technologies such as double-end detection and yarn-repeat monitoring & management, they enable perfect warp preparation.

The company’s most recent expansion step was the acquisition of DEIMO, a long-time industry partner providing drive and control systems for a wide range of applications.

Stäubli’s expansion strategy has been constantly augmented by intensive R&D activities, and today the result can be seen in a comprehensive range of high-performance products integrating state-of-the-art technologies. The machinery is renowned for exceptional reliability, unsurpassed production speeds, and very long service life. Whether automatic drawing-in machines, the latest generation of cam motions and dobbies (S3000 and S3200 Series), the electronic Jacquard machines, carpet and technical textile weaving systems, or automation solutions for hosiery knitting – all attest to continuity and a passion for innovation, which are embedded in the DNA of the company.

Excellence means constant improvement and development in all areas
“The spirit of innovation has defined our company from the beginning – it’s rooted deeply in the nature of Stäubli”, says Rolf Strebel, Stäubli CEO. “It’s the reason we constantly develop new solutions which add value for our customers. Other decisive factors for our long-term success are the spirit of cohesion amongst our staff around the globe, our inquisitiveness, and our philosophy of continuous improvement. Our aspiration is to constantly improve – on a human, professional, and technical level – and to remain just as successful during the next 125 years.”

Stäubli is represented in Pakistan by
SIMAG Enterprises (PVT) Ltd
505-506 Al-Ameera Centre
Shahrah-e-Iraq, P.O. Box 8733
Saddar PK-Karachi-74400 / Pakistan
Téléphone: +92 21 3567 0757 / +92 21 3568 4470
Fax: +92 21 3520 0098