Our history

More than 70 years of experience, three production locations in Germany and real passion speak for themselves.

We are moving. Milestones

Despite all our innovation, we have always remained true to one thing: the unconditional commitment to high quality and sustainable customer relationships.

1950

1950 – Warping and warp knitting company founded in Rodgau by Georg and Otto Friedrich.
1955 –  Monthly production rises at approximately 10 tons. 1968 – Production of warp knitting moves from Rodgau to Groß-Zimmern. Monthly production reaches 50 tons. 1971 – Starting of the own lining collection distribution with own lining fabrics. 1985 – “Otto Friedrich GmbH” subsidiary founded in Vienna, Austria. 1990 – Triplication of the production as a new production plant was built in Groß-Zimmern for warp knitted textiles worldwide.

1995 – First textiles for transfer printing are developed and offered. Monthly production: approximately 250 tons. 1998 – Subsidiary Sachsen-Masche Kändler KG founded in Limbach-Oberfrohna OT Kändler. 1999 – Introduction of the first textiles with own developed sublimation direct-printing coating, together with Company Ciba, CH under the trademark INKTeX+BC.

2000

2000 – New administration building and warehouse constructed in Groß-Zimmern, resulting in the triplication of the storage capacity for finished goods. 2001 – Monthly production surpasses 400 tons. 2003 – Development of the flame retardant direct finishing »INKTeX+FLBS together with DuPont, USA. 2004 – New production facility at Sachsen Masche constructed and put into operation, increasing capacity by 20%. 2004 – Monthly production exceeds 450 tons. 2004 – First developments of coated fabrics for digital printing.

2011 – Building of a new warehouse for yarn (4500 sqm). 2012 – Introduction of coated textiles for lightbox and blockout applications, construction of a new warehouse for yarn. 2013 – Reaching a turnover of more than 50 million euro, extending the laboratory for more possibilities of textile testing. 2014 – In September both factories produce more than 600 tons together. 2015 – Foundation and opening of the subsidiary “Gesellschaft für textile Ausrüstung mbH (GtA)” in Neresheim.

2016 – New warehouse was built in Groß-Zimmern, which is connected to the administration building. 2016 – Productions exceeds 680 tons, more than 400 tons were produced in Groß-Zimmern. 2018 – Startup of the world’s first 280″-warp knitting machine (working width 700cm) after years of development partnership with the machine manufacturer Karl Mayer. 2019 – Extending the capacity of production and possibility for widths of 540 cm at GtA. 2019 – Introduction of GOING GREEN by Friederich, our commitment to environment and resources.

2020 – Opening two new warehouses in Portugal and Poland