Around 200 internationally active Swiss companies are affiliated with Swiss Textiles. They focus strongly on innovative services, high quality material, functionality and design.

Carl Illi, President of Swiss Textiles

Swiss Textiles is facing the challenge of playing an active part in shaping the transition of the textiles industry.

Swiss Textiles is committed to ensuring that the industry will be able to continue to operate successfully throughout the world and set new standards. Our members repeatedly succeed in adapting themselves to new developments and markets, as well as further developing existing technologies and bringing distinctive products onto the market. We represent dynamic drivers of innovation and are one of the world’s leading competence centres for high-quality textile products and solutions. Our focus is always on people, whether we are campaigning for a business-friendly environment, initiating and supporting research projects, personally advising our members on issues relating to labour law, intellectual property, design protection, customs tariffs and rules of origin, or connecting them with contacts of relevance to the industry.

Vorstand

from left to right:
Urs Rickenbacher, Andreas Tischhauser, Urs Schellenberg, Carl Illi, Silvan Wildhaber, Urs Isler, Vincenzo A. Montinaro

The Federation Board is elected by the General Assembly for a three-year term of office. The current term ends in summer 2020.

Chairman of Swiss Textiles

Carl Illi, CWC Textil AG

Board Members

Urs Isler, C. Beerli AG
Vincenzo A. Montinaro, AG Cilander
Urs Dr. Rickenbacher, Lantal Textiles AG (Vice-President)
Urs Schellenberg, E. Schellenberg Textildruck AG
Andreas Tischhauser, TISCA Tischhauser AG
Silvan Wildhaber, Filtex AG

Honorary Chairmen

Urs Baumann , Lantal Textiles AG
Max R. Hungerbühler, Bischoff Textil AG
Thomas Isler, Gessner Holding AG
Andreas Sallmann, ISA Sallmann AG

Swisstextiles Kaderaufnahme 02225 Ret

from left to right:
Michael Berger, Nina Bachmann, Peter Flückiger, Mirjam Matti Gähwiler, Dr. iur. Liliane Sieber, Jasmin Schmid

The Swiss Textiles Team

Anna Platypodis

Anna Platypodis

Head of Finance and Accounting
T: +41 44 289 79 05
anna.platypodis@swisstextiles.ch

Nina Bachmann

Nina Bachmann

Head of Technology and Environment
T: +41 44 289 79 02
nina.bachmann@swisstextiles.ch

Michael Berger

Michael Berger

Head of Education and Career
T: +41 44 289 79 11
michael.berger@swisstextiles.ch

Christine Forster

Christine Forster

Ginetex Switzerland
T: +41 44 289 79 49
christine.forster@swisstextiles.ch

Peter Flückiger

Peter Flückiger

Director
T: +41 44 289 79 79
peter.flueckiger@swisstextiles.ch

Priska Gätzi

Priska Gätzi

Event Manager
T: +41 44 289 79 04
priska.gaetzi@swisstextiles.ch

Selina Giordari

Selina Giordari

Education and Career Advancement Economy and Statistics
T: +41 44 289 79 90
selina.giordari@swisstextiles.ch

Suzana Hasanaj

Suzana Hasanaj

Apprentice
T: +41 44 289 79 09
suzana.hasanaj@swisstextiles.ch

Sonja Heigold

Sonja Heigold

Administration
T: +41 44 289 79 12
administration@swisstextiles.ch

Helene Kees

Helene Kees

Finance and Accounting
T: +41 44 289 79 79
helene.kees@swisstextiles.ch

Mirjam Matti Gähwiler

Mirjam Matti Gähwiler

Head of Communications and PR
T: +41 44 289 79 24
M: +41 76 527 46 08
mirjam.matti@swisstextiles.ch

Jasmin Schmid

Jasmin Schmid

Head of Economics and Statistics
T: +41 44 289 79 01
jasmin.schmid@swisstextiles.ch

Dr. iur. Liliane Sieber

Dr. iur. Liliane Sieber

Head of Employer and Social Policy, Intellectual property
T: +41 44 289 79 35
liliane.sieber@swisstextiles.ch

Evelyne Thut

Evelyne Thut

Secretariat Zurich and ZSIG
T: +41 44 289 79 40
evelyne.thut@swisstextiles.ch

Tamara Zurnaci

Tamara Zurnaci

Administration
T: +41 44 289 79 12
administration@swisstextiles.ch

The five Commissions of Swiss Textiles handle matters and endeavours of all kinds, and work in close cooperation with the business offices in the superior interest of the Federation’s members.

Commission for Training Matters and Furtherance of Young People (AUK)

Dr. Urs Rickenbacher, Lantal Textiles AG, Chairman

Rosmarie Amacher, à ma chère AG
Gerhard Bürki, JHCO Elastic AG
Christoph Ellenberger, Sefar AG
Caroline Forster, Inter-Spitzen AG
Urs Schneider, Jakob AG

Commission for Employer & Social Policy (KARSO)

Vincenzo A. Montinaro, AG Cilander, Chairman

Oswald Berger, Seilerei Berger GmbH
Nicole Camenzind, Camenzind + Co. AG
Ralf Itzek, Jenny Fabrics AG
Christoph Leemann, Union AG
Daniela Wenk, Snowlife AG
André Jean Six, FLASA Filature de laine peignée d’Ajoie SA

Commission for PR & Collective Advertising (KPK)

Andreas Tischhauser, TISCA Tischhauser AG, Chairman

Simon Bernath, tts inova ag
Kathrin Bohnenblust, Geissbühler & Co. AG
René Frei, Embrex Stickereien AG
Guido Herzog, Seilerei Herzog AG
Rolf Lenzinger, Lenzinger GmbH

Commission for Environment & Technology (KUT)

Urs Schellenberg, E. Schellenberg Textildruck AG, Chairman

Fredy Baumeler, Climatex AG
Andreas Christen, Wollspinnerei Huttwil AG
Hanspeter Hümbelin, Cortex Hümbelin AG
Josef Lingg, Mammut Sports Group AG
Prof. Dr. Manfred Heuberger, EMPA (Counsellor)

Commission for Economics (WIKO)

Wildhaber Silvan, Filtex AG, Chairman

Alfred J. Beerli, workfashion.com AG
Achim Brugger, swisstulle AG
Marcel Meister, Meister & Cie AG
Anton Minder, Création Baumann AG
Danilo Pieri, Swisslastic AG St.Gallen

The Federation’s working groups exchange experience, and launch activities at regular meetings. Each working group appoints representatives who sit on the respective commissions and so shape the strategy of Swiss Textiles.

Working Group Clothing (AKB)

Alfred J. Beerli, workfashion.com AG, Chairman

More than 30 production companies in Switzerland represent a broad range of clothing segments, from ladies’ outerwear and men’s and children’s clothing, through to sports wear, work wear, lingerie and accessories.

Working Group Yarns, Threads and Ribbons (AKGZB)

Andreas Christen, Wollspinnerei Huttwil AG, Chairman

Perfectly structured quality yarns and threads are essential for the production of high grade textiles for every application. From conventional basic materials such as cotton, linen or bamboo, from animal fibres such as wool or silk, and from synthetic fibres they are created on modern spinning and twisting facilities. Ribbons are manufactured solely by specialised companies in
Switzerland.

Working Group Rope & Lifting Technology (AKSH)

Oswald Berger, Seilerei Berger GmbH, Chairman

Conveying, lifting, tensioning, securing – these are four areas in which the high grade products of the rope and lifting technology industry are used. Basic products include hemp, synthetic
fibres and steel. Solutions are developed, for example, for use in games and sports facilities to secure slopes against landslides or on dangerous bends. The products are also in use on ski lifts and mountain railways.


Working Group Embroidery/Fabrics-Exports (AKSGE)

Silvan Wildhaber, Filtex AG, Chairman

The successful production of embroidery in St.Gallen can be traced back to hand embroidery on muslin in the middle of the 18th century. Resourceful inventors soon found a way to manufacture
these high-quality products industrially. This meant that St.Gallen embroidery (guipure or etched embroidery) could be produced in such large quantities that it became a dynamic global trade. St.Gallen embroidery is still famous today and is used by designers all over the world for their creations.

Working Group Fabrics & Carpets (AKST)

Conrad Peyer, Weseta Textil AG, Chairman

Fabrics are either woven or knitted. They are worn by people as a second skin which has to meet a broad variety of criteria with respect to active breathing, comfort, care and durability. They are used for outerwear, sports and leisure wear, protective garments, night wear and underwear. In addition, there is a growing tendency for fabrics to be used as household and commercial textiles, e.g. in the construction, coating, transport and packaging industries. Applications for medical and geotextiles will be particularly important in the future.

Working Group Textile Finishing (AKV)

Vincenzo A. Montinaro, AG Cilander, Chairman

Finishing is essential for making raw textiles ready for use: they are dyed, printed or coated, and then subjected to mechanical, chemical and thermal finishing processes. These give rise to specific changes in terms of surface and feel, and enable textile fabrics to be made suitable for the desired applications.

Peter Flückiger, Director Swiss Textiles

Swiss Textiles addresses issues with the potential to shape the future.

We want our members to be able to successfully research, develop and manufacture in Switzerland, as well as to import and export their products as smoothly and efficiently as possible. This means they need secure framework conditions and an economic policy that is favourable to small and medium-sized companies. We actively represent the interests of our members at the political level and maintain very close ties with political decision-makers. These interests include a flexible labour market, business-friendly energy and environment policies, free access to the EU single market and trade partners throughout the world, as well as issues relating to sustainability and education.