More than 350 years of textile know-how.

1619

The Hecking family was already mentioned as linen weavers who were also active as traders and entrepreneurs in the Stadtlohn town chronicle, compiled by Friedrich Dorweiler.

 

   

1820

Documentary evidence for the existence of the Heinrich Hecking company in Stadtlohn, which formed the nucleus for all Hecking operations in Westphalia.

 

   

1848

Onset of the cotton yarn processing in Stadtlohn.

 

   

1863/64

Installation of Stadtlohn’s first steam engine by Heinrich Hecking and his sons Engelbert and Heinrich. The steam engine drove 100 mechanical weaving looms that were imported from England.

 

   

1870

By this time, 180 looms were operating.

 

   

1874

The company took on the name of “H. Hecking Söhne,” which remains to this very day.

 

   

1890

The number of looms had grown to over 400 over the course of general industrialization.

 

   

1895

A second weaving mill was established. Starting with 100 looms, it had grown to nearly 500 machines by 1930. Altogether, in both operations, around 1,000 looms were in use.

 

   

1907

Werner Hecking built the Heinrich Hecking Spinning Mill, with 10,000 mandrils.

 

   

1919

The Spinning Mill became affiliated with H. Hecking Söhne. It was expanded to 25,000 mandrils under the proprietorship of Gottfried and Werner Hecking.

 

   

1933

The company encompassed 3 operations and employed around 500 workers.

 

   

1945

Both weaving mills were destroyed in the final days of the war; the spinning mill was severely damaged. Cleanup work began immediately after the war. 

 

   

1946

Onset of rebuilding and start-up of the spinning mill. 

 

   

1949

The first looms were in operation once again. The spinning mill operated according to allocations of cotton. 

 

   

1950

300 looms were operating. 20,000 mandrils in the spinning mill were able to produce, after the supply of raw material became more secure. 

 

   

1956

The first Stadtlohn textile company to install 50 Swiss automatic looms, the company was among those operations in Westphalia advancing modern large-scale automation. 

 

   

1959

The automation of the weaving mill proceeded, with the installment of shuttleless Sulzer looms. H. Hecking Söhne was one of the first companies in Westphalia to deploy this technology, which would prove to be trend-setting in the weaving industry. 

 

   

1974

Mr. Hans-Werner Hecking became sole proprietor.

 

   

1981

On Nov. 2, an outsourcing agreement was concluded with the city of Stadtlohn;   ground was already broken for the new weaving mill on Nov. 11.

 

   

1983/84

The new building was completed. The weaving mill as well as the administration moved to the new location in Sprakelstrasse. That same year, the spinning mill was converted to fully-automated rotor spinning machines. 

 

   

1990

A cooperation was founded with Abraham Dürninger company in Herrnhut, Saxony, and looms were installed. 

 

   

1994/BWZ

The Hans-Werner Hecking family founded the Baumwollweberei Zittau (BWZ, cotton weaving mill) in Zittau, Saxony. Operation 4, as part of the former Lautex association, was taken over.

 

   

1996

In conjunction with a partner, a loom was constructed that was capable of producing fabric widths of up to 1,250 cm. More machines were installed in the following years. 

 

   

2003/BWZ

Building of a finishing facility by BWZ in Zittau.

 

   

2006

The first group of Dornier air-jet looms was installed alongside the tried-and-trusted projectile looms.

 

   

2008/BWZ

A 370 kWp solar power plant was put into operation by BWZ.

 

   

The H. Hecking sons spinning mill and weaving mill makes and produces raw fabrics, raw fabrics / materials for furnishing fabrics, solar protection, bedclothes, table linen, Matrazen, Moltons, wide fabric, spreads gewebe and materials for stage construction and fair construction, flame-restraining fabrics to German Institute for Standardization 4102-B1. Warning fabric to EN 471. We weave warning fabric to EN 471 for manufacturing protective clothing. Shielding fabric and metal fabric. Manufacturer of materials and fabrics with metal threads, silver threads, high-grade steel threads, etc. as a shielding fabric. We make and produce insert materials and fabrics like cambric, Kattune, Cretonne, nettle. Carrier fabric for abrasive, autosky, inserts for blouses and shirts. Carrier fabric for imitation leather. Carrier fabric for adhesive tapes. Elastic threads: Elastik fabric or fabric with elastic threads for the application as a clothing fabric, application for Sportswear, DOB, occupational clothing etc. corduroy, sateen, twill, Moleskine. Molton for coatings. Cotton fabric, cotton, cotton fiber, cotton yarn. Cell woollen fabric, cell woollen, cell woollen fiber, cell woollen thread. Bamboo fabric, bamboo material, bamboo fiber, bamboo thread. Polyester fabric / polyester material, polyester thread. Treviragewebe/Trevirastoff, Treviragarn. Dolanitgewebe/Dolanitstoff, Dolanitgarn. Polypropylengewebe/Polypropylenstoff, Polypropylengarn. Acrylic fabric / acrylic material, acrylic thread. High-grade steel fabric / high-grade steel material, high-grade steel thread. Silver fabric / silver material, silver thread. Milk protein fabric / milk protein material, milk protein thread.