STW is far more than just a manufacturer of a wide range of fibre products that meets the highest quality requirements. We offer customised fibre solutions that match perfectly with your applications and specifications. You can rely on us at all times.
Schwarzwälder Textil-Werke Heinrich Kautzmann GmbH (STW) is a family business, employing over 90 members of staff. We develop and produce high-quality fibres for your industry and applications.
As leading specialists in fibre fillers, short cut fibres, fibrids & pulp, as well as customised solutions, we also process all the fibre materials you need; from natural fibres to synthetic fibres through to high-tech fibres. Thanks to decades of experience, continuous research and strong customer-orientation, we are able to react flexibly to new requirements with our bespoke fibre solutions. And since we are active in over 70 countries, you will always find a competent fibre expert in your vicinity.
In 1919, Heinrich Kautzmann founded the Schwarzwälder Textil-Werke in Bergzell. Ever since, the company has been family-owned; now in the 4th generation. Initially, high-quality cotton as well as bleached, dyed and shredded fibres were produced. Thanks to outstanding fibre quality, the company grew rapidly and opened three further sites in Vortal, Schenkenzell (todays headquarter) and Haslach, where the dye works and shredding operation were located.
In Haslach, in 1950, the foundations for the current product portfolio of fibre solutions were laid, with cotton fibre fillers and chopped threads for the plastics industry, something which subsequently expanded continuously. After a major fire in 1974, the shredding operation was closed at the Vortal plant and the production of short fibres moved from Haslach to Schenkenzell. All textile production plants were then combined at this same location; with the exception of the production of plastic components.
Thanks to our wide range of fibre products and individual fibre solutions in different lengths, we can meet almost every customer requirement. Our employees are professional fibre experts keen to advise you, in choosing the right fibre for your application.
Modern laboratory equipment, quality management according to ISO 9001:2015, energy management according to ISO 50001:2011 and last but not least, the high, exacting standards we impose upon ourselves in the work we do, ensures that the highest quality standards are achieved with STW’s fibre products.
If you would like to know more about our quality management, please contact us. You can download our certificates, as well as further information on the regulations here.
At STW, active environmental protection is our daily business. Since the founding of the company in 1919, and not least, because our headquarters are located in a health resort, environmental protection, as well as sustainable thinking and action have been important, founding principles of our company tradition; from raw materials to machinery, from development, production and processing to final fibre products and dispatch.
We recognise the importance of the following factors, in our active environmental protection measures:
Through the use of residual materials such as textile waste materials, we produce our high-quality fibre products in a particularly environmentally friendly manner. In addition, our fibres have been used to replace environmentally harmful substances such as asbestos in different applications.
Our sustainable thinking is also appreciated by our customers. Thanks to their exceptional quality, STW fibres are preferred for the development of new environmentally friendly products!