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Episode Info: 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 [spp-timestamp time="00:52"] Abut Kurt Haselwander [spp-timestamp time="01:57"] About the Schoeller Spinning Group [spp-timestamp time="03:04"] The product range of the Schoeller Spinning [spp-timestamp time="03:39"] The history of the Schoeller Spinning Group [spp-timestamp time="04:55"] The changes Schoeller had to go through [spp-timestamp time="07:01"] The biggest challenges Schoeller is facing today [spp-timestamp time="08:16"] About technical yarns [spp-timestamp time="09:42"] About traveltex yarns [spp-timestamp time="11:22"] The most exciting yarns at Schoeller [spp-timestamp time="13:07"] EXP treatment [spp-timestamp time="16:13"] Why Schoeller takes part in retail fairs [spp-timestamp time="19:36"] Why there is a lot of wool industry in Czech Republic [spp-timestamp time="22:43"] How to find skilled workers for a spinning mill [spp-timestamp time="25:39"] How to connect with the Schoeller Spinning Group   Similar podcast episodes #028: Pedro Otegui from top maker Lanas Trinidad in Uruguay #038: Francesco Botto Poala from weaver Reda 1865 in Italy #039: David Michell from top maker Michell Wool in Australia #045: Willy Gallia from organic wool top maker Fuhrmann in Argentina #057: Andrew Cuccurullo from woolen blanket manufacturer Waverley Mills  
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