Interview with Mr Bodo Bölzle

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Mr Bodo Bölzle
Mr Bodo Bölzle
CEO
AMANN GROUP
AMANN GROUP

Established in 1854 by founder Mr Alois Amann, for more than 150 years, AMANN Group has been setting trends and designed the future of sewing and embroidery threads with its path breaking product developments in the world of fashion, leather ware, for the broad range of technical applications, work safety to filter and clean room technology, as well as the automotive industry. With 1500 highly motivated employees and headquartered in Germany the group sells its products directly and through distributors in more than 100 countries worldwide. Mr Bodo Bölzle is the CEO of AMANN GROUP. He did his MBA in year 87 from Eberhard-Karls-University Germany. His professional career began in year 1988, as he joined the Düsseldorfer Treuhand Gesellschaft Altenburg & Tewes AG, Düsseldorf, an audit Company, Junior Auditor. In a year he then took job as Assistant CFO, Gabor AG, Rosenheim. Thereafter, for three years, he was Head of Controlling in Financial Services Division, Daimler-Benz InterServices (debis) AG, Stuttgart. In 1995, he assumed position of CFO at ARAMARK GmbH, Neu Isenburg. Since 1997 he joined Amann Group, initially as CFO, and since 2008 was promoted as CEO. In the talk with Face2Face team, Mr Bodo Bolzle speaks about the current happenings in textile and garment industry, as well as market size and trends in thread industry.

Mr Boelzle, welcome to Face2Face talk. There has been 150 years old- a long history woven to your company’s journey in textile industry. How do you see your company’s foothold in the industry over these years?

Yes you are right: 150 years company history is a very long time, especially in the textile industry, where a lot of companies disappeared over the last 20 years. Our foothold in that industry over this long period is mainly based on two items: quality and creativity.

Under quality we understand not only the pure quality of the product itself; it is much more than that. Quality in our view is the quality of the product itself and a very close customer relationship to understand customer needs quickly. As examples for creativity I have to mention the Poly-Poly core yarn thread SabaC which is today the standard for high quality sewing and our new Lifecycle Threads based on recycled polyester, our traceable thread technology against anti-counterfeit called Blue Sky and our elastic sewing thread SabaFLEX used in special sportswear applications.

The image as high class thread producer was build over all that time and till today we believe that we are quality wise the leading sewing thread company worldwide. Beside this we do not have to forget our employees, who are very dedicated to AMANN which shows up in a very strong commitment and identification.

Appreciable! Please tell us about your reading on textile & clothing industry worldwide nowadays.

The textile and clothing industry has changed a lot in the last 10 to 15 years, mainly driven by changed customer requirements as well as by high cost pressure. Requests on Lead times, prices and the global availability of the products have changed substantially. The relocation from textile production to the Far East and the speed how this happens are forcing the companies to react and to adjust their business model and setup.

Published on: 28/09/2009

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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