Company history

1922: Ernst FEILER, born in 1899, completes his training at the textile college in Münchberg and goes on to gain practical experience working for a chenille producer in Sudetenland.

1928: Just 5 kilometres away in Liebenstein, now Liba in the Czech Republic, Ernst FEILER becomes self-employed. With a team of 15 home weavers, he produces terry towels with chenille border and 100% chenille items.

1945: after World War II Ernst Feiler settles down close to the Czech border to prepare for a new start-up in post-war Germany.

1948: after obtaining production license and establishing a  company in Hohenberg, Ernst Feiler and textile merchant Bernhard Rausch start producing terry and chenille items with a team of 18 employees in a former guesthouse.

1950: Young husband and wife Else Schwedt (daughter of Ernst Feiler) and Erhard Schwedt, both graduates from the textile college in Aachen, join the company.

1951: With a team of 84 employees, the company already generates a turnover of DM 580,000 using manual looms. Before long, the facilities become too small and the entire business moves one department at a time into newly constructed premises over the years the follow.

From the mid-1950s: Under the direction of Erhard Schwedt, a determined effort is made to mechanise production in each department of the weaving mill.  All competitors on the market had to stop producing chenille as the years progressed because they were not successful in making the switch from purely manual weaving to a rationalised mode of production. Else Schwedt heads up the sewing section.

1960s: an office block, two additional production buildings, a warehouse and a metalworking department are built. The first electronic rapier looms are used. The workforce grows to 130 employees.

1970: Co-founder Bernhard Rausch leaves the company to enter retirement. The daughter of Erhard and Else Schwedt, Dagmar, joins the company and takes care of export department.

The first contracts are obtained from Kazuko and Aaron Yamakawa, founders of the company MONTRIVE (from 2012 Sumisho) in Tokyo. At the time, nobody would have guessed that this customer would become the most important partner of the business.

1972: Erhard Schwedt and his wife Else take over management.

1973: Company founder Ernst Feiler dies.

1976 to 1980: Dieter Schwedt, son of Erhard and Else Schwedt, completes his training at Münchberg University of Applied Sciences to become a textiles engineer. In autumn 1980, he starts working as a procurement manager in his parents’ business.

1982: Erhard Schwedt passes away aged just 55. Dieter and Dagmar Schwedt become the new managing directors. 

1980 to 1986: A tough recession hits the textiles industry. Sales begin to fall. Employees who have been at the company for many years have to be made redundant.

From 1988: Sales of chenille in Japan continue to rise. Turnover doubled between 1987 and 1991.

1990: Germany experiences reunification and a spirit of optimism. Demand continues to rise in Japan. Production can no longer keep up with demand.

1992: Work begins on the first new building in 16 years: a factory building with an area of 1,800 sq m is constructed.


18 October 1994: Else Schwedt receives the silver ring of honour from the town of Hohenberg in recognition of her work and the success of FEILER.

1997: Following sustained high demand in Japan, the next expansion project gets under way. The company invests DM 13.5 million. In May, production commences in Weaving Hall II, which has an area of around 5,000 sq m.

1998: FEILER celebrates its 50th anniversary year. 
The company is awarded with an enterprise award from the Bavarian SPD (Social Democratic Party)

2001: Else Schwedt dies on 27 January.

2002: The town of Hohenberg awards the medal of honour to Kazuko Yamakawa for the contribution of MONTRIVE in Tokyo to the security of local jobs.

2008 to 2011:

2005: Launch of the mail-order business and an online shop for private customers.

2007: In total, 165 employees work for FEILER in Germany. Russia and the CIS countries become more important as a new sales market.

2008 to 2011: The financial world crisis, tsunami and nuclear incident in Fukushima in March 2011 are reflected in a drop in sales of around 10%. The Yamakawa husband and wife team enter retirement and sell MONTRIVE to multi-group company SUMITOMO CORPORATION.

2012: SUMITOMO integrates MONTRIVE as part of SUMISHO Brand Management Corporation.
The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait become a more significant sales market.

1 August 2012: The first ‘Feiler STORE’ opens its doors in Frankfurt am Main.

2013: FEILER reorganises sales system in Germany. Customers are no longer served by freelance sales representatives, but directly by company´s own sales team.

Ernst Feiler
3. phase
Handloom
Else Schwedt
Erhard Schwedt
former inn „Zur Krone“ in Hohenberg
Kazuko Yamakawa
Company building today
Dieter & Dagmar Schwedt
Store Frankfurt