Flawa AG is the winner of the
competition: The oldest Rieter spinning machine
Since 1795 Rieter has been producing spinning machines and is
committed to values such as quality, customer satisfaction and
innovation. Rieter spinning machines are long-lasting. The
quality of Rieter spinning machines assures decades of
successful and dependable operation. That is why Rieter machines
are still in demand as second-hand machines, even at a ripe old
Rieter launched a competition some months’ ago to find the
oldest Rieter spinning machine which is still in operation. On
26 November 2010, the prize for the oldest Rieter spinning
machine in the world was awarded under the supervision of a
Peter Gnägi, CEO Rieter Textile
Systems together with the owner of the winning machine,
Peter Brülisauer from Flawa AG.
The winner was Flawa AG in Flawil (Switzerland) with a
bale-breaker (opener for cotton bales) from 1940. The winner’s
prize – a flight to the ITMA 2011 (International Textile Machine
Exhibition) in Barcelona inclusive two overnight stays – was
personally presented to Peter Brülisauer and Leo Moser by Peter
Gnägi, CEO Rieter Textile Systems. The 2nd and 3rd prizes
(high-quality Swiss watches) were drawn by Peter Gnägi from the
remaining entries. The 2nd prize was won by Rajapalayam Mills
Ltd. from India and 3rd prize went to Sudarsanam Spinning Mills
Ltd., also from India. Other veteran spinning machines on the
Rieter website are as follows. In China 26-year-old E 7/5
combers and E 5/3 combing preparation machines are still in
production at Qiaoguang Textile Co. Ltd. From El Salvador,
another customer Hilosa (Industria de Hilos) has operated SB
851, RSB 951 SB 2 and SB 10 drawframe models since 1978.
A combing line dating from 1968 is still in operation at Sri
Ramakrishna Mills (CBE) Ltd. in India for producing blended
yarns. This line consists of an E 2/4 sliver lap machine, an E
4/1 ribbon lap machine and E 7/2 combers operating at 160
The winning bale-breaker from 1940
by Flawa AG, Switzerland.
A B 2/1 mixing bale opener has been producing in Ludhiana,
India, for 45 years. It is used in a line with C 3/1 cards for
feeding man-made fibers such as polyester, acrylic, Modal, etc.
The machine has performed to the complete satisfaction of our
customer, Vardhman Textile Ltd., since its installation –
without any loss of quality and reliability. A total of 325,000
operating hours have been recorded to date!
The winner was operating an interesting line still in
operation at Flawa in Flawil, Switzerland. A line including a
bale breaker dating from 1940, which operates as a preliminary
stage for the scutcher unit dating from 1941, is used to produce
hygiene articles such as surgical dressings. This line then
feeds three Rieter C 1 cards (1958).