The Picanol Group has played a pioneering role worldwide in the development and production of weaving systems for 75 years now. In 1971, the Picanol Group introduced the very first electronically controlled weaving machine in the world. It was also the first weaving machine manufacturer in the world to obtain ISO 9001 certification. Thanks to its policy of innovation, the Picanol Group has managed to surprise the market time and time again with new, high-tech weaving machines thus reinforcing its position among the world leaders.
Picanol's R&D effort is aimed not just at development and production of the most advanced weaving machines and related products and services, but also at achieving the most profitable weaving process in the world. In this way the Picanol Group is able to offer its customers innovative solutions for raising the efficiency and productivity of their weaving process. And since its technological know-how can also be applied in related fields and other branches of industry, the Picanol Group confirms its strategy of expanding sales of this technology to third parties. This diversification builds on the group's existing competencies, including knowledge of and access to the textile markets, and development and production know-how.
Care for the environment forms an essential part of the corporate policy. The Picanol Group systematically takes account of the environment in its operating processes, and tries to minimize the impact of its activities on the environment by constantly paying close attention to energy consumption and waste management.
The health and safety of employees are also of great concern to the Picanol Group, including such aspects as ergonomics, accident prevention and protection on the work floor. Numerous safety questions are examined and dealt with each year in collaboration with the Committee for Prevention, Protection and Welfare at Work. One important part of the policy is the voluntary participation of many members of personnel, including first aiders, the internal firefighting team and the safety monitors who ensure that the necessary training courses are given annually in each department.
Quality is a priority for all subsidiaries and employees worldwide. The group has a team of internal ISO 9001 auditors who form a crucial link in the quality process. Every year various internal audits are carried out in order to continually fine-tuning the quality system. In addition the Picanol Group focuses worldwide on World Class Manufacturing (WCM). World Class Manufacturing or WCM stands for constantly striving to eliminate losses, with the involvement of all employees, so as to become a world class company. The Picanol Group began its WCM program in 1998 to obtain its purpose. Currently it focuses on the themes of cost development, continuous improvement, self-management, planned maintenance, total quality, training, health and safety and the environment. Various management audits are held on an annual basis, with the management of the different departments following the implementation of WCM. The Picanol Group also has a suggestion system that enables employees to put forward proposals for work-related improvements. In recent years, further steps have been taken in the implementation of self-managing teams within the Picanol Group.