When an industry such as the textile sector in Saxony loses over 90 percent of its workforce in just one generation, would it not perhaps be better to let the 'remaining' skills, production capacities and research capacities quietly fade away? Indeed, the market economy ushered in through the fall of the wall in 1989 brought with it enormous upheavals, particularly in this sector. In an area that had at that time almost 200 years of industrial textile production behind it, the only way that the 'old times' in the form of experience, robust engineering, proven technology and tradition could really survive in a global marketplace was if it aspired to innovation, efficiency and competitiveness.
That is why textile museums such as those for carpets and stockings in Oelsnitz and Gelenau, the damask and terrycloth museum in Großschönau or the embroidery exhibition 'Plauener lace' tell only one side of the story. The other side tells of state-of-the-art production facilities, of often completely new textile products for the aviation and automotive industries and for the world of architecture, and of internationally renowned research services for fibre-based materials. At its base in Oelsnitz in Vogtland, practically in the heart of the textile industry, LUVO-IMPEX GmbH combines over two decades of expertise in textiles.
Fabrics and textiles from Saxony, quite simply and beautifully put: 'Made in Saxony'.