In August, Wilhelm Kneitz establishes a plush weaving mill, which is officially entered in the commercial register on December 1st. The quality textiles produced are exported mainly to England until the beginning of the First World War.
With the resumption of exports to England, the continued existence of the company is assured. In the period that follows, the production facilities are continuously expanded.
Due to the economic crisis and the associated devaluation of the pound, Wilhelm Kneitz KG increasingly concentrates on the German market and ends its involvement in England at the right moment.
During the Second World War, the plush goods factory is again confiscated for the production of materials essential to the war effort. Parts of the factory halls are used by a relocated Nuremberg motorcycle factory.
The plush goods factory resumes production and now operates under the name Wilhelm Kneitz AG. It is run jointly by the founder Wilhelm Kneitz and his son Herbert Kneitz. The first orders arrive from England again.
After the death of the company founder Wilhelm Kneitz, the company is managed by Herbert Kneitz from now on.
Founding of the now independent subsidiary Herbert Kneitz GesmbH in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.
With the commissioning of the first Raschel velour machine, Wilhelm Kneitz AG recognises the signs of the times: It benefits from the increasing demand for furniture velour and, thanks to the high quality of its products, becomes the national market leader in this sector.
Wilhelm Kneitz II, the third generation of the family, joins the company. The ongoing success enables the continuous expansion of the production facilities.
After a fundamental modernisation of the machine park, Wilhelm Kneitz AG starts producing automotive textiles for AUDI. The company survives the textile crisis of the 1990s almost unscathed due to the development of this new market.
In addition to automotive fabrics, Wilhelm Kneitz AG engages in the development and production of technical textiles.
The company has risen to become a premium manufacturer for the automotive sector and, in addition to AUDI, now also supplies VW and BMW.
Willhelm Kneitz II's son Dr. Ralf-Herbert Kneitz and daughter Sibylla Naumann are the fourth generation of the family to join the supervisory board and continue the company's tradition. In the meantime, SEAT and SKODA also become customers.
The increasing production capacity utilisation for textiles in the automotive sector leads to the production of home textiles ceasing permanently.
With the installation of a 1,500 m² photovoltaic system for power self-supply on the factory roof, Kneitz sets another clear example for conscious interaction with the environment.
Wilhelm Kneitz AG celebrates its 100th anniversary.
After the sudden death of Wilhelm Kneitz II, his cousin Alfred Kneitz and daughter Sibylla Naumann take over the management of Wilhelm Kneitz AG.
In 2016 a Post-Industry-Recycling Project (Recyfabrics) started for producing new yarn out of our own weaving production waste, resulting in a circular sustainable seat-cover fabric for a BEV Premium Sportscar – SOP 2021.
Founding of the Wilhelm Kneitz Textile Group GmbH. With the acquisition of Wilhelm Kneitz Solutions in Textile GmbH, the Wilhelm Kneitz Textile Group broadens its position and expands its product range of technical textiles for the automotive industry to include glass and carbon fibre knitted fabrics for the construction industry as well as nets for securing loads.
Michael Ocker joins the executive board of Wilhelm Kneitz AG and is tasked with introducing and implementing the KNEITZ 2030 growth strategy. With this decision, the shareholders of the Kneitz Textile Group are making a clear commitment to the Wirsberg facility.
The production in Wirsberg is CO2-neutral since 2022. The Board is demonstrating the companies positive impact on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. All details on our homepage. Also the full sustainability report, including Corporate and Product CO2 Footprint. The report was done, out of conviction, not from legal compulsion.