Mitloedi Is Considered the ‘Printers’ Printer

This Mill is a rare bird as smaller printers disappear

by Fabrics & Furnishings

August 7th, 2017

MITLEID/GLARUS, CH—Mitloedi Textildruck AG is known as a printers’ printer as it offers low minimums, as little as 60 meters, high quality work, and techniques that few if any other printers can offer according to Mitloedi customers–editeurs and manufacturers.

Mitloedi Textildruck AG is a Swiss family run printing mill which exists since 1937. For more then 80 years it has been specialized in the design and production of high-end printed fabrics. “Our 45 employees print the most beautiful fabrics for apparel, accessories, interior and outdoor decoration, bed linen and technical applications,” according to Simone Blesi, General Manager.

Mitloedi works for the who’s who of top editeurs: Akris (CH), Christian Fischbacher (CH), Chris Barrett (USA), Cowtan & Tout (USA), Creation Baumann (CH), Hermes (F), Soie (CH), Jakob Schlaepfer (CH), Kinnasand (D), Kvadrat (DK), Lelievre (F), Maharam (USA), Melrose House (USA), Nobilis (F), Nya Nordiska (D), Pierre Frey (F), Sangetsu (JP), Schoeller (CH), SWISS/Edelweiss (CH), Vitra (D), Zimmer+Rohde (D).

“Mitloedi works very creatively,” Blesi says. “We produce around 500 printed fabric prototypes per year so we always have new articles to show our customers. The customers select the one they like and include them in their collection.“

“We produce special fabrics with various screen printing techniques including lacquer-print, foam-print, color burnout-print, foil-print and chine-print.”

“Additionally, we print digitally. We use this technique mostly for small quantities with a lot of colors.”

Blesi sees a trend towards more printed decorative fabrics. He says that his production is 36 percent decorative fabrics today which represents a slight increase over prior years. Market-wise, Mitloedi is serving Switzerland: 71%, USA 14%, Germany 8%, France 4% and the rest of the world- 3%.

“However, at east 50% of the quantity from our Swiss customers is sold abroad to the USA, Germany, Africa and Japan.

“We believe that the future of printing in our decorative fabric business are fabrics we call “eye-catchers,” That means special, innovative, haptic and sensual fabrics in a high quality. The customer can buy decorative fabrics at Mitloedi, which he can’t buy in other mills; and we think that individual fabrics are more and more important especially in hotels.”