Hand in Hand – 125 years Thies textile
Thies celebrated its 125th
anniversary in September 2017. In this editorial Thies expresses
heartfelt thanks to its customers, suppliers, employees,
retirees, business partners, families and friends for their
support and trust.
The birthplace and headquarters of the Thies Group is the old
Hanseatic city of Coesfeld in Münsterland, Westphalia. A
traditional textiles area, Münsterland is the birthplace of, and
home to, a number of reputed businesses engaged in this sector.
Thies lives out this tradition by supplying textile machines
across the globe from Coesfeld since 1892.
Bernhard Thies founded Thies Company in 1892. As a chemist,
he searched for techniques to mechanically support dyeing
procedures. Just two years later, he obtained the first
machinery patent from the German Imperial Patent Office.
Following his death in 1922, his four sons assumed charge of the
business. Initially, they sold their yarn dyeing machines on the
domestic market, but
corner-stone for a solid export business was laid as early as in
1926, when preliminary major successes were scored abroad.
Today, the export ratio stands at over 90%.
The patent for and the following design and construction of
the first pressure vessel in 1929 made it possible to carry out
high-temperature dyeing operations, and this set new benchmarks
for the entire sector.
Once the Second World War ended, Alfred Thies as the third
generation owner, engaged in the business. In those days,
significant milestone were achieved with the development of the
pressure dryer, which is integral to yarn dyeing to this day and
the start of manufacturing piece dyeing machines.
The years that followed saw the development of a network of
global sales and service units, put in place to support
customers in an even better way at the local level. Today, Thies
has support centers in Bulgaria, China, France, India, Russia,
Switzerland, Thailand, and the USA.
In the late 1980s, Erich and Klaus Thies intensified business
links with the Polish supplier Dofama and the Slovenian machine
engineering company Alchrom. Both partners have been wholly
integrated within the group of companies since 2007.
In 2015 the company shares were transferred to the fifth
generation in charge. Profoundly committed to the enterprise’s
heritage, this fifth generation endeavor to preserve the
long-standing corporate philosophy and to pass it on in a
In the company’s own research center, interested parties are
always welcome to test the various machine models and develop
and detail the correct solution in conjunction with an
experienced Thies team.