Schoch a Swiss reed maker based in Italy has launched a new range of reeds which offer significant savings in energy cost for textile mills. The energy saving reeds are meant to help weavers save air on air jet machines. More than 100 airjet machines have been converted in favor of energy saving reeds.
Schoch’s India chapter began when the company collaborated with the Italian shirting giant Tessitura Monti in 2009. When the company decided to spread its wings, India became the choice for its second plant outside Italy. A state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Kolhapur in Maharashtra was established in 2009. The plant is equipped with the same European machines installed in Italy. Raw materials too are imported from Italy in order to maintain quality standards. A 50-member team caters to the requirement of reeds in domestic and international markets.
The facility manufactures reeds that have been installed in various textile mills and manufacturing units such as Arvind, Kanchan Denim, Bhaskar Denim, among others. An exclusive department for after sales activities like reed reconditioning, ultrasonic cleaning and airflow resetting has been set up to offer expertise and execute any reed-related requirement. Sales are increasing by 20 per cent every year. The turnover is Rs 15 crores a year.