ZIMMER Group: Leading innovations in textile industry

ZIMMER Group: Leading innovations in textile industry

The population of ZIMMER printing and coating machines are still continuously on the rise. CHROMOJET printers with pressurized ink injection through valve-based technology have been a revolution for the Indian carpet and blanket industry.


ZIMMER AUSTRIA is a group of companies established in the year 1874 in Warnsdorf, Bohemia, part of the then Austro-Hungarian Empire. Triggered by the turmoil of World War-II in the Czech-Slovakian Republic, the company was re-established in Kufstein, Austria, in 1951. Rapid growth required a second factory, which was established in Klagenfurt, Austria. Over the years additional sales and service stations have been established in the USA and China.

Today, the ZIMMER Group has separate R&D centers dedicated to the product lines, including at its engineering and manufacturing locations in Klagenfurt and Kufstein, Austria. The Klagenfurt plant is the competence center for screen printing, steaming, drying, coating and finishing, whereas Kufstein has become the competence center for digital printing and carpet needs. The Kufstein plant includes 5 business units: Textile Printing, Floor Covering, Narrow Fabrics, Technical Textile, and Specialties. Made in Austria is not just a slogan but is part of the culture and a daily practice at Zimmer Austria. In cooperation with the customer, ZIMMER print and coating lines can be configured as 100% made in Austria or as engineered in Austria with complementary domestic products to economize the investment. Research and development centers with an accumulated space of nearly 5,000 m² among the group, guarantee up-to-date engineering and a visionary process technology.

ZIMMER AUSTRIA: Market presence in India
Already in the 1920’s, the first roller printing machines from ZIMMER were sold in India. ZIMMER’S India business, however, came to a complete standstill with the outbreak of World War II.

The decades from 1940 to 1960 brought lots of changes in the political scenario and the business alike. After the smoke caused by these turbulent times settled down, the economy started to rise, and prosperous times came back to the textile industries.

In the mid-1960’s, ZIMMER AUSTRIA introduced rotary and flat-screen printing installations to the textile industries in India. From the mid-1960’s to the end of 1980’s, the screen-printing business was the base for ZIMMER AUSTRIA’s market presence in India, and it still is to this day. With the latest generation of flat and rotary screen printers, as well as coating systems, based on the MAGNOPRINT, ROTASCREEN and MAGNOROLL brands, ZIMMER AUSTRIA’s market position improved drastically. The population of ZIMMER printing and coating machines are still continuously on the rise.