Stoll opens new customer centre in Reutlingen-Betzingen
The doors of the new building are already open for exchanges with interested industry players.
Stoll, a business unit of the Karl Mayer Group, opened a new customer centre in Reutlingen-Betzingen, thus completing its move to the new location in the west of Reutlingen. The first part of the production was relocated from the city centre back in 1987. This was followed in 2004 by the remaining part of the production,and in 2020 by the move into a new development centre.
For the time being, the ceremonial opening of the new building took place in a closer regional setting. Among the guests were Roland Wintzen , Finance and Economic Mayor and Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Economics Minister, as well as members of the Stoll family, the architect and general contractor of the project, and the neighbors. The inauguration for customers, other business partners and the work force is planned for 2023. It is to crown the celebrations of the 150th anniversary.
The doors of the new building are already open for exchanges with interested industry players. “The new customer centre is intended to be an inspiring meeting place for partners in the textile value chain. Through exchange and joint projects, we want to drive relevant innovations related to flat knitting,” said Andreas Schellhammer, Head of the Stoll Business Unit during his welcoming speech.
Cooperation within the textile industry is nothing new for Stoll. What is new, however, are the possibilities offered by the modern customer centre. Workshops, a showroom with the latest Stoll trend collection and an extensive sample archive invite you to experiment, research and inform yourself. State-of-the-art equipment is available for training courses to impart knowledge. There is also a well-equipped machine park with upto 30 flat knitting machines, finishing technology and digital tools. Experts in machine and software development and in the field of textile applications provide technical support. The know-how and machine technology are also available to existing and entry-level customers for implementing their own ideas through to the finished textile solution. The offer is part of the Karl Mayer Group’s newTexLab format, which will be worldwide in the future. “Customers can get an idea of Stoll’s innovative strength here. The building is extremely impressive, from the outside and even more so when you entre,”explained Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut.
With its customer-centric orientation and representative architecture, the new meeting point in Reutlingen-Betzingen has over arching significance. “The customer centre is the innovation hub for flat knitting topics in the Karl Mayer Group and thus makes a fundamental contribution to innovation leadership,” said Andreas Schellhammer.
In addition to purpose and appearance, the issue of sustainability was also important in the construction of the customer centre. The building with its approximately 5000m² offloor space is fully insulated, a heat pump system takes care of a large part of the air conditioning and LED lighting provides light at the work places for upto 100 employees.