Trevira GmbH

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Trevira GmbH
IndustryChemical fibres (polyester fibre specialities)
FoundedJanuary 1, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-01-01)
  • Home textiles
  • Automotive interiors
  • Functional apparel
Revenueca. €235 m (2018)
OwnerIndorama Ventures PCL (Thailand)
MembersKlaus Holz (CEO)
Number of employees
ca. 1,100 (2019)
Website[// ] 

Trevira GmbH is a European manufacturer of polyester fibres and filament yarn for technical applications, hygiene products as well as for home textiles, automotive interiors and functional apparel. Two production sites and a Marketing and Sales office with a total of approx. 1,100 employees are located in Germany. These are supported by an international marketing and sales organisation. The head office of the company is located in Bobingen near Augsburg. Owner of Trevira GmbH is Indorama Ventures PCL, Thailand.


Trevira GmbH manufactures textile polyester products, especially fibre, flat-, filament, and textured yarns for home textiles, automotive interiors and functional apparel as well as for technical textiles and hygiene products. Specialities include fibres and yarns for flame retardant textiles (Trevira CS brand) and for textiles with a permanently antimicrobial effect (Trevira Bioactive brand). Another branch of the company is the production of PLA fibres and filament yarns that are manufactured from biopolymer polylactid acid (PLA). PLA is made from plant raw materials. Parent company Indorama manufactures recycled chips from PET bottles which Trevira processes into filament yarns. Textiles containing sustainable Trevira products may bear the SINFINECO label.[1] The annual production is around 81,000 tonnes of staple fibres and filament yarns (among other things, polyester, PBT, PLA, bico fibres/hybrid yarns). In addition, every year approximately 29,000 tonnes of polyester chips are manufactured for sales to third-party customers (2018). The share of fibres and yarns in total sales is distributed as follows: 21% in home textiles, 14% in automotive interior, 39% in technical textiles and hygiene products as well as 12% in apparel; polyester chips account for a further 14% (2018).

In 2018, the export share outside the European Union was 19%. Trevira is one of the market leaders for flame retardant polyester fibres for contract textiles.[2]

Trevira customers are companies of the international textile industry with a focus on the European Union.


Trevira has three locations in Germany (two of which are production sites) as well as several subsidiaries and representatives abroad. Company headquarters are located in Bobingen near Augsburg in Germany. Here, at the Trevira parent plant, staple fibres are manufactured for the non-woven industry and for technical applications as well as for home textiles and apparel. In addition, Trevira develops new polymers, filaments, and speciality fibres in Bobingen. Trevira also performs laboratory tests and analyses, also for external customers.

A second plant in Guben (Brandenburg, Germany) produces flat filament yarns as well as air-textured and false-twist-textured filament yarns for car interiors, apparel, and home textiles. Management, marketing, and sales are all based in Hattersheim near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Hattersheim is the centre for services to business partners all over the world. Furthermore, Trevira has offices in France, Italy, Portugal, and North America, as well as some 30 freelance representatives worldwide.

International Certifications

  • DIN EN ISO 9001
  • DIN EN ISO 14001
  • DIN EN ISO 50001
  • Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex
  • AEO – Authorised Economic Operator

Company History

In 1956, the Trevira brand was first used for polyester fibres. Long before that date, "Trevira" was registered as a trademark in 1933[3] which was initiated by Adolf Kämpf, plant director of the former artificial silk factory in Bobingen. Among other things, Kämpf also arranged the construction of a housing estate for the workers of the artificial silk factory. The name Trevira is actually based on an linguistic error made by Kämpf who was not native to the area. He had wanted to derive the name from the Roman name of the City of Augsburg (Augusta Vindelicorum) but confused it with Augusta Treverorum, which was actually the name of the City of Trier. While this error was clarified, the trademark Trevira was bogged down, although its use initially changed and at times, the name was not used. In 1946 and 1947, Paul Schlack (who developed the nylon fibre in 1938 with Berliner Aceta GmbH in IG Farben) was initially the plant director for the nylon production and later became the technical director of the artificial silk factory (that had also belonged to IG Farben during the National Socialist period) in Bobingen, Germany.[4]

Introduction of Trevira as Polyester Fibre Brand

During the ownership unbundling from IG Farben in 1952, the factory became part of Farbwerke Hoechst AG and in 1955 Schlack took over management of Hoechst fibre research. Hoechst began manufacturing staple fibres made from polyester and first distributed them in cooperation with Vereinigten Glanzstoff-Fabriken AG (later Enka) under the trademark Diolen. It was only when Hoechst started to develop polyester continuous filaments in 1956, that the Trevira name was first used. The polyester division became the world’s largest polyester supplier at that time.

From the 1970s onwards, Trevira took over the texturing plants of Ernst Michalke and Kaj Neckelmann in Denmark. In 1980, Trevira launched a flame retardant fibre to the market(Trevira CS). To date, Trevira CS is still one of the main products of the company. In 1987, Hoechst took over the fibre manufacturer Celanese in the USA. After the reunification of Germany, the former Chemiefaserkombinat, a chemical fibre combine in Guben, Germany was also added. The new Trevira polyester fibres were initially used in clothing, but increasingly, they found their use in home textiles, technical applications and non-wovens. Famous designers like Lagerfeld, Castelbajac, and Piattelli presented collections made of Trevira fabrics at their fashion shows.[4]

Final Separation from Hoechst

The hiving-off process of the polyester fibre business from Hoechst AG was started as early as 1994. Since 1996, the company changed ownership several times and went through restructuring, site closures, and relocations. In 1998, the European polyester fibre business was sold to Multikarsa (Indonesia) and Trevira GmbH & Co KG was established. The year 2000 saw the complete separation of Trevira from Hoechst and in 2001, the company was transformed into a limited company (GmbH). In August 2004, Trevira GmbH was acquired by Reliance Industries and became a subsidiary of this Indian group. In June 2009, Trevira (Trevira Group and Trevira Holding) filed for insolvency and started comprehensive restructuring.[4]

On January 1, 2010, business operations of the Trevira Group and Trevira Holding were taken over by the newly founded Trevira GmbH. From July 2011 until April 2017, Trevira was owned by a joint venture of Indorama Ventures (Thailand) and Sinterama (Italy). Since 2012, the Guben site has concentrated on the production of filaments while the Bobingen site focuses on the production of staple fibres.[5][6]

Indorama Ventures Becomes Sole Owner

In April 2017, Trevira GmbH fully became a subsidiary of the Thai company Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL). The remaining 25% of the shares were acquired by the investor on April 18th from the former joint venture partner Sinterama.[7]

In the media



  1. "Trevira GmbH: Sinfineco - Recycling at Trevira" (PDF). {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameter: |dead-url= (help)
  2. ftt-online. "Steigende Anzahl an Produzenten von Fasern und Garnen auf der Heimtextil" (in German). Retrieved 2018-04-23. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameters: |day=, |month=, and |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  3. Trademark Register. "Trademark register no. 456828 Trevira February 14, 1933". Retrieved 2018-04-23. {{cite web}}: Cite has empty unknown parameters: |day=, |month=, and |deadurl= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Trevira GmbH - Company History". Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  5. Augsburger Allgemeine, "Trevira ist verkauft", Augsburger Allgemeine (in German), retrieved 2018-04-23{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  6. Augsburger Allgemeine, "Neue Bosse haben bei Trevira das Sagen", Augsburger Allgemeine (in German), retrieved 2018-04-23{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  7. B4B Wirtschaftsleben Schwaben, Trevira GmbH von Indorama Ventures komplett übernommen (in German), retrieved 2018-04-23{{citation}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)

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