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GR_History_1830 Detail

1830: The start

H. Bodmer hires Pierre A. Dufour to start producing silk bolting cloth for the sieving of flour
In 1833 P.A. Dufour starts his own company in Thal (Dufour & Co.)
First business trip of P.A. Dufour to the United States in 1835
In the next decades the company employs up to 700 weavers.

GR_History_1842 Josephine Onofrio

1842: Turning point

Death of Pierre A. Dufour. His wife Anna Joséphine Dufour-Onofrio takes over the leadership of Dufour & Co.

GR_History_1850 - 1899

1850-1899: Boom years

Rival weaving firms are being founded in Zurich and Eastern Switzerland

GR_History_1900

1900: First subsidiary

First subsidiary of Dufour & Co. founded in New York

Logo_SST_SSZ

1907: A wise step

Union between 6 Swiss manufacturers, grouping into one company and operating in two entities:
Schweiz. Seidengazefabrik, Thal (SST)
Schweiz. Seidengazefabrik, Zürich (SSZ)

GR_History_1911

1911: Expansion of production

Weaving plant (Fabrique Lyonnaise de Soies à Bluter) opened in France

ZBF

1912: Strong group complete

Züricher Beuteltuchfabrik (ZBF) joins the union. The union dominates the world market for silk bolting cloth.
Although a single legal entity, SSZ, SST and ZBF operate separately on the market.

GR_History_1930

1930: Quantum leap 1

Hand-operated looms are gradually replaced by mechanical weaving machines.

GR_History_1950 Thumbnail

1950: Quantum leap 2

Synthetic yarn replaces silk.

GR_History_12 PET 07-923-W009 O

1965: Monofilaments in filtration

Silk is continuously replaced by synthetic yarn.
Introduction of synthetic monofilament mesh for filtration applications.

GR_History_altes Sefar-Logo

1995: Market orientation

SST, SSZ and ZBF merge to form Sefar, subdivided into 2 divisions:
- Screen Printing
- Filtration
The name Sefar derives from "SEiden-FAbrikanten-Réunion"
The presence in Asia Pacific is reinforced with subsidiaries in Thailand and Singapore.

GR_History_1997

1997: Production in Asia

Weaving plant opened in Kabinburi / Thailand

AU-Blacktown_265x155

1998 ff.: Growth continues

Worldwide expansion by acquiring local distributors and by establishing subsidiaries.

RO_subsidiary

Today: More production yet

Weaving plant opened in Sighisoara, Romania
Expansion of weaving plant in Kabinburi, Thailand

  • 1830

    GR_History_1830 Detail

    The start

    H. Bodmer hires Pierre A. Dufour to start producing silk bolting cloth for the sieving of flour
    In 1833 P.A. Dufour starts his own company in Thal (Dufour & Co.)
    First business trip of P.A. Dufour to the United States in 1835
    In the next decades the company employs up to 700 weavers.

  • 1842

    GR_History_1842 Josephine Onofrio

    Turning point

    Death of Pierre A. Dufour. His wife Anna Joséphine Dufour-Onofrio takes over the leadership of Dufour & Co.

  • 1850-1899

    GR_History_1850-1899 Detail

    Boom years

    Rival weaving firms are being founded in Zurich and Eastern Switzerland

  • 1900

    GR_History_1900

    First subsidiary

    First subsidiary of Dufour & Co. founded in New York

  • 1907

    Logo_SST_SSZ

    A wise step

    Union between 6 Swiss manufacturers, grouping into one company and operating in two entities:
    Schweiz. Seidengazefabrik, Thal (SST)
    Schweiz. Seidengazefabrik, Zürich (SSZ)

  • 1911

    GR_History_1911 Detail

    Expansion of production

    Weaving plant (Fabrique Lyonnaise de Soies à Bluter) opened in France

  • 1912

    ZBF

    Strong group complete

    Züricher Beuteltuchfabrik (ZBF) joins the union. The union dominates the world market for silk bolting cloth.
    Although a single legal entity, SSZ, SST and ZBF operate separately on the market.

  • 1930

    GR_History_1930

    Quantum leap 1

    Hand-operated looms are gradually replaced by mechanical weaving machines.

  • 1950

    GR_History 1950 Detail

    Quantum leap 2

    Synthetic yarn replaces silk.

  • 1965

    GR_History_12 PET 07-923-W009 O

    Monofilaments in filtration

    Silk is continuously replaced by synthetic yarn.
    Introduction of synthetic monofilament mesh for filtration applications.

  • 1995

    GR_History_altes Sefar-Logo

    Market orientation

    SST, SSZ and ZBF merge to form Sefar, subdivided into 2 divisions:
    - Screen Printing
    - Filtration
    The name Sefar derives from "SEiden-FAbrikanten-Réunion"
    The presence in Asia Pacific is reinforced with subsidiaries in Thailand and Singapore.

  • 1997

    GR_History_1997

    Production in Asia

    Weaving plant opened in Kabinburi / Thailand

  • 1998 ff.

    AU-Blacktown_265x155

    Growth continues

    Worldwide expansion by acquiring local distributors and by establishing subsidiaries.

  • Today

    RO_subsidiary

    More production yet

    Weaving plant opened in Sighisoara, Romania
    Expansion of weaving plant in Kabinburi, Thailand

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