Company Profile

SCHMETZ is a long-established company in the manufacture of high-quality needles for industrial and household sewing machines. The company was founded in Herzogenrath in 1851 and now has around 476 employees worldwide. In fiscal year 2021, SCHMETZ generated an overall turnover of 29,1 million euro. The worldwide presence of the company is guaranteed through numerous sales partners and a tight dealer network on all continents.


Facts and Figures

  • Founded: 1851

  • Managing Directors: Ralf Peter Fritschi, Dirk Schulz

  • Headquarters: Albstadt, Germany

  • Employees: 476 (status 12/31/2021)

  • Turnover: 29,1 million euro (2021)

  • Sales affiliates: USA, India, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, supplemented with a tight worldwide dealer network

  • Industrial sectors: Over 47 fields in the sewing and textile processing industry, workshops and the hobby sector, engineering



SCHMETZ develops, produces and sells needles for industrial and household sewing machines. The machines for internal production are designed and produced in the company's own tool making and engineering division. The products are made of high quality metals that undergo meticulous material testing and are manufactured in a modern manufacturing process.


Service and Consulting

For the sewing industry and the hobby sector experienced consultantsare on hand help customers with all issues and problems relating to the sewing process. Current developments are overseen through cooperation with universities, institutes and the industry. The constant dialog with yarn and material producers, as well as sewing machine builders, also supports the continuous improvement of the company's own products and services, thus helping to optimize the sewing processing for the customers.

Numerous training programs, seminar events and sector-specific specialist publications, such as the industrial publication series "Sewing Focus" or the “Needle ABC" for household sewing machines, also offer varied and practice-oriented support.


Research and Development

A wide range of needle types with various sizes and coatings are available for the specific requirements of the different sewing processes. This variety is the only way to ensure that we can always offer the right needle for the numerous complex sewing processes. This is one reason why research and development are such a key focus at SCHMETZ, and why the company often takes a pioneering role in the development of new needle types. In addition to numerous product developments, SCHMETZ also laid the foundations for needle standardization.

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