More and more consumers are following the trend towards casual wear in many areas of life. This also affects the sales of interlinings. The global pandemic has accelerated this trend. Suits are worn to work in the office, but loose clothing is the favorite for working from home.
The producer of technical textiles Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, produces interlinings for all segments of the apparel industry. At present, the company manufactures interlinings for the European mass market at its site in Weinheim/Germany, while high-quality canvas interlinings for the European luxury market are made at the site in Sant’Omero/Italy.
The business with interlinings, particularly the middle price segment of the mass market has been particularly hard hit in recent years. As a result of massive market changes, the company is planning to concentrate on manufacturing base materials for interlinings in Weinheim. Base material finishing and coating is to be bundled at Sant’Omero.
For this purpose, 2 lines are to be relocated from Weinheim to Sant’Omero. It is planned to conclude this measure by the end of 2022. In Weinheim, the jobs of an estimated 176 employees would be affected by the time all planned measure have been completed.