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Two top sewing thread makers, Gütermann and A&E, merge

Gütermann and American & Efird have decided to merge. The two companies are the world’s most renowned sewing thread manufacturers. By merging, the two companies will meet the challenges of globalisation and the changing aspects of customer requirements. In addition it is expected that through merging the competencies and the knowhow of the companies will lead to significant synergies and a more apt positioning on the world markets.

Germany-based Gütermann is celebrating its 150th year of existence. It is a leading European manufacturer and distributor of quality sewing thread and accessories for private customers as well as for manufacturing of clothing, shoes, leatherwork, protection wear, home textiles and the automotive industry (airbags, seat covers, etc.) with a focus on European markets. The brand has manufacturing sites in Spain, Mexico, and India.

A&E was founded in 1891 and is by far the largest American sewing thread manufacturer, number two worldwide. The product ranges apply to similar sectors as Gütermann, but go also to medical and other technical applications. A&E has manufacturing sites in over 20 countries and sells mostly in America and Asia. The group has around 10,000 collaborators and is known for sustainability and social responsibility.,