Producing textile fabrics and innovative products
AUDOV is one of the last remaining producers of woollen fabrics in Europe, technologically continuing Merina Trenčín’s long tradition of textiles.
The portfolio can be divided into three main lines:
– Industrial and special occasion fabrics
– Medical devices
– Innovative products with high added value – superabsorbent bags and cooling boots for horses
GSILVER is a special cotton face mask developed by AUDOV for the COVID-19 pandemic. It is currently the only reusable textile mask to be certified a medical device by the European Union.
Key to the company is sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible solutions with the highest level of quality.
AUDOV is a reliable and innovative partner for your business.
AUDOV AT EXPO 2021
Expo 2020 in Dubai will be the first World Expo held in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Region and also the first in the Arab World. It will be different from previous World Expos as it coincides with spectacular events celebrating the United Arab Emirates’ golden jubilee and marking the 50th anniversary of its founding. Expo 2020 is expected to attract an estimated 25 million visitors to Dubai. The main theme of Expo 2020 in Dubai, “Connecting Minds, Connecting the Future”, symbolises innovation and progress.
- Water absorption bags
- Cooling pads
- Cooling boots for horses
LONG MANUFACTURING HISTORY
DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PRODUCTS
Long fabric-manufacturing tradition in Trenčín
French businessmen Paul and Jena Tiberghien came to Trenčín from northern France, where they owned several textile factories, to establish Tiberghien and Sons in the city. The company opened its own spinning mill three years later, in 1910, although the material for production continued to be imported. The fabrics were woven according to French designs, in compliance with local technical regulations. Production was suspended during the First World War and the factory was used as a military hospital and officer training school. Operations would only start resuming in 1918.
An important year in the company’s history, it established its own workshop so it could develop its own designs. The workshop was first headed by Ignác Leitman, while František Klauda and Erhart Alscher were among its first designers or “dessinateurs”. By the early 1930s, the factory had facilities for spinning wool, bleaching, treating worsted fabrics, weaving and dyeing. Even in the 1920a, its power plant was supplying energy to all of Trenčín.
In May, Tiberghien and Sons was placed under temporary administration and nationalised in January of the following year into the state-owned Slovena enterprise. Later, in July 1949, the factory became part of Merina, a state-owned enterprise that had been established earlier that year. In the same year, Merina added plants in Brezová pod Bradlom, Nitrianské Pravno, Nitrianské Rudno, Nové Mesto nad Váhom and Topoľčany.
The national enterprise ceased to exist on 1 June 1989 but Merina was still state-owned. It would be privatised as a joint-stock company, Merina a.s., in 1993 and by 2004 it had become Slovakia’s largest textile company and had its highest turnover that year. But over the next five years, the company suffered a decline in business and in early 2009 announced the closure of its production.
After MERINA collapsed, the former employees banded together to save its key technologies and established AUDOV.
The company was taken over by its current owner, Ing. Adam Hajdu, and started a new stage in its development.
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