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Efficiency has its price – savings through higher purchase price

  • Mario Schmidt
  • Hannes Spieth
  • Christian Haubach
  • Christian Kühne

Abstract

SWU Special Yarns specialises in the production of industrial yarns and threads at its Waldkirch site. In the last 100 years the textile industry has changed dramatically. Between 1995 and 2006, the number of employees, especially in the spinning mills, fell by 64% and sales dropped by 20%. Global competitive pressure is enormous. SWU Special Yarns was able to remain competitive in this environment, even as a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), because their production processes have been continuously optimised for a long time. In order to counter the increasing cost pressure in the textile industry, SWU Special Yarns wanted to find further possibilities to save production costs while maintaining the same high quality.

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© Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Schmidt
    • 1
  • Hannes Spieth
    • 2
  • Christian Haubach
    • 1
  • Christian Kühne
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Industrial Ecology (INEC)Pforzheim UniversityPforzheimDeutschland
  2. 2.Umwelttechnik BW GmbHStuttgartDeutschland
  3. 3.Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-WürttembergStuttgartDeutschland

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