About us

Saurer is a leading globally operating technology company focusing on innovations for the processing of fibre and yarn, including machinery, components and software. We partner with customers, providing smart fit-for-purpose solutions to help our clients achieve their business aspirations.

As a company with a long tradition, we have always been a leader in innovation. Today, Saurer comprises the two segments Saurer Spinning Solutions and Saurer Technologies. Saurer Spinning Solutions offers high quality, technologically advanced and customer-specific solutions for processing staple fibre from bale to yarn. Saurer Technologies specialises in twisting and embroidery as well as engineered and polymer solutions. With an annual sales revenue of EUR 1 111 million, we are on a growth trajectory. Saurer is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (securities code: 600545). 

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Our purpose: the Saurer story

Since our inception, since our iron foundry, our first embroidery machine, our first petrol engine, we have powered creation. First through manpower, then through the power of steam, then diesel and today we power creation through smart solutions, automation, data analytics and digital transformation.

If we did not exist, countless creations would not be possible. All that we do, has one purpose: to enable creations to be made. We make creation possible by helping our customers to process fibres and industrial yarns; creating endless possibilities from textile to tires to e-mobility.
How do we do it? Through an intimate understanding of our industry and our customers’ business needs. This, combined with our technological expertise, creative intelligence and our entrepreneurial spirit allows us to see opportunities others cannot and to drive them to success.

This is us!

With our products, we touch people across the world. Short but punchy, this video captures Saurer’s spirit – we are innovative, forward thinking and inspiring. 

What sets us apart

From the way we design our machines to the way we support our customers, everything we do is geared towards adding value for our customers.


Core values

Our five core values guide and unify us.

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Sun – Service Unlimited

Sun is a bundle of differentiated services that add real value.

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Our product promises

Optimising energy, economics and ergonomics

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Members of the Board
Supervisory Board
Group Executive Management

Xueping Pan

 Chairman of the Board of Directors

Pan Xueping
  • Chinese citizen
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • EMBA, China Europe International Business School
  • Senior economist
  • Chairman and CEO of Jinsheng Group
  • Chairman the Strategy Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee
  • Executive director of Saurer Intelligent Machinery Co., Ltd
  • Prior positions include: Vice chairman of several organisations including: China Textile Machinery and Equipment Association, China Textile Engineering Society, China Textile Industry Enterprise Management Association (China Textile Entrepreneurs Federation), Changzhou Industry and Trade Association
  • Before setting up Jinsheng, he was factory director of Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd and Pacific Group's Shanghai Textile Machinery Plant, director of Jintan Textile Machinery and Jintan Huajin Machinery
  • Extensive corporate governance and strategy development experience

Stefan Kross

Vice Chairman

Stefan Kross
  • German citizen
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.), RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Former member of the Executive Committee of Oerlikon, CEO of Oerlikon Manmade Fiber, CEO of Oerlikon Barmag, CTO of Saurer Textile Solution in Saurer GmbH & Co. KG, Prior positions include: Former member of the Board Schlafhorst AG
  • Previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Volkmann GmbH & Co. KG.

Carsten Voigtländer

Vice Chairman

Carsten Voigtländer
  • German citizen
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering/Process Technology and Doctoral Degree in Process Engineering, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • Previous positions include: Board chairman, CEO, CTO and research associate in Vaillant Group, Oerlikon Textile, Neumag GmbH and the Technical University of Braunschweig’s Institute for Thermodynamics 
  • Extensive experience in leading well-known enterprises, particularly in strategy and operation

Clement Woon 


Clement Woon
  • Singaporean citizen
  • Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, National University of Singapore
  • MBA in Management of Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Member of the Strategy Committee
  • Extensive experience in multinational and multi-industry work
  • Prior positions include: Former CEO of Saurer, former CEO of Oerlikon textile segment, president & CEO of SATS, and president of Leica Geosystems AG

Yuan Ding 


Ding Yuan
  • French citizen
  • PhD in Management and Philosophy, Montesquieu University, France
  • Vice president and dean, Cathay Capital Chair Professor of Accounting at China Europe International Business School
  • Member of the Audit Committee of Saurer
  • Independent non-executive director and chairman of Audit Committee of Red Star Macalline
  • Independent non-executive director, chairman of Audit Committee, member of Nomination Committee and Strategy Committee of Landsea Real Estate 
  • Independent non-executive director, chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of Nomination Committee and Audit Committee of Man Wah Holdings Ltd
  • Director of Jaccar Holdings
  • Prior positions include: Tenured faculty member of HEC School of Management, France; independent director and chairman of Audit Committee of Anhui Gujing Distillery; independent director and chairman of Audit Committee of TCL group; director and chairman of Audit Committee of MagIndustries Corp. 
  • Over 20 years of experience in teaching and researching in financial accounting, financial statement analysis, corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions

Arthur Yeung


Arthur Yeung
  • Hong Kong resident
  • Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Science, University of Hong Kong, and PhD of Human Resources Management, University of Michigan, USA
  • Member of the Renumeration Committee and Nomination Committee of Saurer
  • Senior management consultant of Tencent Group; dean of QingTeng University; president of Y-Triangle Organization Learning Oasis 
  • Independent non-executive director of SITC International Holdings and Country Garden Holdings 
  • Assistant professor of management at China Europe International Business School 
  • Prior positions include: Chief human resource officer of Acer group and senior adviser to Alibaba, TZC, Mary Kay, ING Life Insurance, TCL-Thomson

Jieping Chen

Independent Director

Chen Jieping
  • Hong Kong resident
  • Master's degree in Hospitality Management, Master's degree and PhD in Business Administration, University of Houston, USA
  • Convenor of the Audit Committee, member of the Renumeration Committee and Nomination Committee of Saurer
  • Professor in accounting at China European Business School (CEIBS), was vice dean of CEIBS from 2009 to 2016, and served as dean of EMBA programme 
  • Prior to joining CEIBS, he was a tenured faculty member and head of the Department of Accountancy at City University of Hong Kong, where he served for 13 years 
  • Independent non-executive director of several companies: Shenzhen Worldunion Properties Consultancy Inc., Jinmao (China) Hotel Investment Management Co., HJ Capital (International) Holdings Company Limited., Shanghai La Chapelle, Apparel Co., Ltd

Guido Spix

Independent Director

Guido Spix
  • German citizen 
  • Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Member of the Strategy Committee and Audit Committee of Saurer 
  • Managing director and group CTO/COO of Multivac SE & Co. KG 
  • Prior positions include: Design engineer, mechanical design engineer and VP of R&D in Trützschler GmbH & Co. KG, Volkmann GmbH & Co. KG, Oerlikon Textile GmbH

Dominique Turpin

Independent Director

Dominique Turpin
  • French and Swiss citizen
  • Master's degree in Marketing, École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers, France, and Ph.D. of Economics, University of Sophia, Japan
  • Member of the Renumeration Committee and Nomination Committee of Saurer 
  • Professor at Lausanne International Management Development Institute; part-time member of the Advisory Committee of Waseda Business School (Japan); Académie Internationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sport (AISTS – Switzerland); Switzerland Lausanne Art Institute; École hôtelière de Lausanne and editorial consultant of Singapore Management Review 
  • Prior positions include: Assistant professor and director of Lausanne International Management Development Institute
  • Extensive experience in brand management, marketing and strategic development

Manlin Xie

Independent Director

Xie Manlin
  • Chinese citizen
  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Southwest University of Political Science & Law, USA, and Master's degree in Law, University of Nanjing, China
  • Member of the Audit Committee, convenor of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee of Saurer
  • Director of Jiangsu Xie Manlin Law Firm
  • Independent director of Jiangsu Nanda Souffet Technology Co., Ltd., Nanjing Putian, Communication Co., Ltd
  • Legal adviser to the People's Government of Jiangsu Province and People's Government of Nanjing City
  • Supervisor of the Nanjing Counsel Association 
  • Prior positions include: Attorney at Nanjing Second Law Firm, attorney at Nanjing Jinling Law Firm, independent director of Nanjing Bank

Jesse Guan


Jesse Guan
  • Chinese citizen
  • Bachelor of Science in Thermal Engineering, Tianjin University, China
  • Master of Science in Thermal Engineering, Tianjin University, China
  • EMBA, China Europe International Business School
  • Researcher at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UK)
  • Member of the Strategy Committee and COO of Saurer
  • Previously served in numerous well-known international enterprises, including Ingersoll Rand, TI Automotive, P&G, served as managing director of Ingersoll Rand Fuxing Holdings, operations director of Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies and Security Technologies, Asia Pacific; vice president of China Operations of TI Automotive
  • Extensive experience as manager in multinational companies

Yueping Zhang

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Zhang Yueping
  • Chinese citizen
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Design and Automation
  • EMBA, China Europe International Business School
  • Senior engineer
  • Co-CEO and president of Jinsheng Group
  • Served as vice president and deputy general manager of Jinsheng Group
  • Prior positions include: Executive vice president of Saurer (Jintan) Co., Ltd; technical director and deputy managing director of Jintan Textile Machinery Plant
  • Previously worked in the development departement at Changchai Group's Jintan diesel engine factory, engaged in process and special process equipment design, plant technical transformation and technical management work

Hao Jin


Jin Hao
  • Chinese citizen
  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Peking University, China, and Master's degree in Law, Fudan University, China and University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Also earned qualifications as a lawyer in New York, USA
  • Joined Jinsheng Group in March 2013
  • Vice president and chief legal officer of Jinsheng Group
  • Previously worked for a number of well-known Chinese and international law firms
  • Extensive experience in legal practice in China and abroad

Taifu Liang


Liang Taifu
  • Chinese citizen 
  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Nanjing Audit University, China and Master's degree in credit management, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
  • Vice president of Jinsheng Group in charge of Securities Affairs 
  • Prior positions include: Deputy general manager, director and sponsor representative of China Merchants Securities investment banking department 
  • Has successfully recommended and guaranteed a number of companies to successful IPO, refinancing and M&A

Guoqing Pei


Pei Guoqing
  • Chinese citizen
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Technology
  • Master's degree in Business Administration, China Europe International Business School
  • Senior engineer
  • Deputy general manager of Saurer (Changzhou) Textile Machinery Co., Ltd
  • Previously  worked for Jiangsu Jintan Textile Machinery Plant and Jinsheng Group

Yiping Sheng


Sheng Yiping
  • Chinese citizen 
  • Born 1976
  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanics, Yangzhou University, China, MBA from Fudan-BI Norwegian Business School (participated in an exchange programme at Stockholm University) 
  • Previously a member of the group's Supervisory Board, Vice President of Saurer's China Region and General Manager of Saurer (Changzhou) Textile Machinery Co. Ltd
  • Previously engaged in workshop assembly
  • Prior positions include: Product design engineer, project manager, general manager secretary, deputy general manager and general manager
  • Extensive management experience

Jesse Guan


Jesse Guan
  • Chinese citizen
  • Born 1970
  • Bachelor of Science in Thermal Engineering, Tianjin University, China
  • Master of Science in Thermal Engineering, Tianjin University, China
  • EMBA, China Europe International Business School
  • Researcher at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK
  • Director of the Saurer Board, member of the Strategy Committee and COO of Saurer
  • Previously served in numerous well-known international enterprises, including Ingersoll Rand, TI Automotive, P&G served as managing director of Ingersoll Rand Fuxing Holdings, operations director of Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies and Security Technologies, Asia Pacific, vice president of China Operations of TI Automotive 
  • Extensive experience as manager in multinational companies

Jenny Lu


Jenny Lu
  • Chinese citizen
  • Born 1973
  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Fudan University, China 
  • EMBA, China Europe International Business School
  • Member of Chinese CPA Association
  • Previous positions include: Vice president, CFO of Overseas Business at Jingsheng Group, director, senior manager and auditor in the M&A consultant department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in China and the US
  • 20 years' experience in investment, M&A and financial management

Hazel Cheng


Hazel Cheng
  • Chinese citizen
  • Born 1969
  • Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, North West Normal University, China 
  • Master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development, Saint Joseph’s University, USA  
  • International MBA, Sauder Business School, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Deputy GM, responsible for Human Resources
  • Joined Jiangsu Jinsheng Industry Company Ltd as Vice President 
  • Previously served as Asia Pacific Human Resources Director of Safety and Security sector of Ingersoll Rand, South Asia Senior Human Resource Manager of Industry Technology sector of Ingersoll Rand in Singapore. 
  • Served as member of Ingersoll Rand Global compensation and benefit committee and master trainer of Ingersoll Rand University globally 
  • Rich knowledge and practical experience in building organisational capabilities

Peter Trinkl


Peter Trinkl
  • Swiss citizen
  • Born 1962
  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Munich
  • Previous positions include: CTO, Siemens Acccess Networks AG, Germany; CSO, Cablecom AG, Switzerland; Chief Development Officer at Orange Communications S.A., Switzerland; CSO, Swisscom (Schweiz) AG, Switzerland; Partner M&A Firm, Switzerland
  • Proven track record in corporate development, M&A, restructuring, marketing and operations

Anton Kehl


Anton Kehl
  • Swiss citizen
  • Born 1965
  • Chief Technology Officer & segment CEO of Saurer Spinning Solutions
  • Diploma in Electronic Engineering, University of Applied Science, Buchs, Switzerland
  • Postgraduate studies in Software Engineering, ETH Zurich
  • Postgraduate studies in International Management, University Liechtenstein
  • MBA, University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • Previously held the position of  President of the Construction Division at Leica Geosystems AG, Switzerland
  • Extensive international experience (in particular: USA)

Daniel Zeng

Secretary to the Board of Directors and Corporate Finance

Daniel Zeng
  • German citizen
  • Born 1962
  • Bachelor's degree from the Institute of Computer Science and Technology, University of Beijing, China
  • Master's degree in Economics, University of Hannover, Germany
  • Secretary of the Board of directors of the Saurer Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
  • Previously held the position of CFO of ZF (China) Investment Co., Ltd
  • Extensive experience in international financial management
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Historical milestones

Over the decades, we have sought opportunities in a range of diverse industries. For a large part of Sauer’s life, engines – first diesel, then petrol – were an important part of the company’s offering. Its vehicles, which the company manufactured for over 80 years, were legendary. From the beginning, we patented many key technologies, among them the diesel injection system. Enterprising members of the founding family were already on the lookout for new opportunities and markets – in a few short decades, Saurer started exporting products beyond Europe. We are inspired by the pioneers who shaped us and are excited about what the future holds. Trace Saurer’s journey from humble iron foundry to global company – with many highlights along the way. Here you can see some of the major developments that shaped us into the dynamic organisation we are today.

Saurer Autoairo Air spinning machine
2019: Launch of the Autoairo – Saurer’s first air-spinning machine.
2017: Saurer lists on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
2012: Jinsheng Group acquires OC Oerlikon’s entire staple fibre and components business.
Launch of Volkmann CT eco – new twisting machine with eco-servo drive concept.
2011: Allma CC4, the energy-saving miracle, wins Tire Technology Award for Innovation and Excellence.
2009: Launch of the longest ring-spinning machine in the world: Zinser 351 with 1 680 spindles.
2008: Fibrevision Ltd is integrated into Oerlikon Textile Components.
2007: Introduction of the ground-breaking, drum-less yarn displacement system PreciFX OC Oerlikon takes over Saurer Group.
2006: Takeover of Temco by Saurer Group.
2005: Saurer Group establishes a joint venture with Jinsheng Group. Saurer Group acquires a share in Fibrevision Ltd.
1991 ‒ 2000
1999: Supply of the 2 500 000th twisting spindle worldwide.
1997: Saurer subsidiary is founded in Suzhou, China.
1994: Temco splits off from FAG, renamed Temco Textilmaschinenkomponenten GmbH.
1991: Saurer Group takes over Schlafhorst. With this merger, Saurer becomes the largest textile machinery manufacturer in the world.
1990: Volkmann and Saurer merge.
1983: Schlafhorst AG & Co. becomes majority shareholder of Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH.
1978: Launch of the world’s first fully automatic rotor-spinning machine Autocoro.
1972: Accotex – introduction of first stress-less Pressfit Cot concept, replaces glue-on cots.
1969: Launch of the first BD machine in the world (semi-automatic rotor-spinning machine).
1962: The Autoconer 107 is launched – the first automatic package-winding machine.
1960: Saurer AG, Switzerland, takes over Allma.
1949: Zinser Textilmaschinen GmbH is founded.
1947: Allma develops and manufactures the first ring-twisting machine.
1946: Allma Allgäuer Maschinenbau is founded.
1922: Accotex – start of production of cots and aprons in the USA.
1921: Texparts – Vereinigte Kugellagerfabriken AG (VKF) is founded in Cannstatt, Germany.
1914: Eugen Zinser registers the first Zinser spindle patent.
1912: Hippolyt Saurer develops the first automatic embroidery machine.
1910: Volkmann – produces re-winder and winding machines, accessories for local textile industry.
1905: Daytex – Dayton Rubber Company is founded in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
1904: Volkmann & Co. is founded in Krefeld, Germany.
1869 Saurer first hand embroidery machine
1900: Schlafhorst registers patents for a pirn-winding machine and a cone-winding machine.
1884: Wilhelm Schlafhorst founds his import-export company, later manufacturing textile machinery.
1869: Franz Saurer constructs the first hand embroidery machine in Arbon, Switzerland.
1860: Accotex – Thomas Armstrong starts with a cork-cutting shop in Pittsburgh, USA.
1853: Franz Saurer establishes his foundry in St Georgen, Switzerland.
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