It was interesting to read about historic episodes of Lindstrom Group’s corporate journey. Can you bring out those episodes that you feel have been turning points for your group?
Some of the milestones that must be mentioned are of course:
1848, the foundation of the company in Helsinki, Finland.
1930, becoming in 1930 the first work wear provider in Europe.
1970, enlargement to the different rental textile services such as mats and hotel textiles.
1992, internationalization begins from Estonia and Russia.
2000, new century, new strategy – Lindström Cares for your image.
2007, Lindström begins operations in Chennai.
2008, Lindström decides of enlargement in Mumbai.
2010, New Delhi and planning also operations in Hyderabad.
You have been associated with the textile industry in a way or other for pretty long period of over a century or so. In your opinion, where has textile and garment industry gone different?
Shifting manufacturing of textiles to Asia has probably been one of the major 21st century changes – this has been a giant leap for the whole industry.
Also the fast growth in the Asian economies has made the market very interesting. Lindström as a service provider for industrial companies has wanted to witness this shift at a very close distance, and has growing operations in both China and India.
Besides, a “Third Wave” shift from manufacturing to service industries -- such as fast food and supermarkets chains or professional cleaning or other maintenance services -- has made work wear even more visible part of the company’s brand. Our clients often want to reflect their visual identity today through their personnel.
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