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Anniversary review in the rhodiazytig years Rhodia the company history in fast motion


1 Anniversary review in the rhodiazytig years Rhodia company history in fast motion

2 Anniversary review part 1 (1906-) French pioneering spirit brought the Viscose to life The first third of our company history in fast motion rhodiazytig Telephone 13.93: Viscose is the 6th telephone subscriber in the Postkreis Emmenbrücke. The official number is "Emmenbrücke 13.93". The first operator, Louise Stocker, works in a corner of what was then the payroll office. Rural factory: drawing of the viscose factory around approx. In the foreground the workers' houses of Hinterviscose (today's location of the Tersuisse Multifils), in front of which not only plant gardens but also (with moderate success, as the sources report) vines were planted. Only the pump house for the water supply stands on the Emmenfeld. Artificial silk center: view of the factory from the north around approx. Mighty brick buildings rise up around the Hinterviscose houses. For example, building 611 to the left behind the trees, which is now used for cultural purposes (www. In the background you can see the newly built shed buildings for sorting / finishing on the Emmenfeld (today SwissFlock). Abstinents' association: The "Winkelried" restaurant, but also shadow economies such as the "Cucina popular", provide the thirsty spinners with plenty of hop juice, which of course is a thorn in the side of the management. Therefore, at the initiative of the head of personnel, a abstainer association is founded. Outbreak of war: On the morning shift in 1914, many women cry whose husbands had to call in. Eduard von Goumoëns, the first factory director (), consoles her with the words that as a military expert he can guarantee that the vast majority of bullets will go wrong. With letter and seal: To start operations in 1906, a number of permits must be obtained. Here the decree of the Swiss industrial department of December 20, 1906 to the government council of the canton of Lucerne. 8 TIME HISTORY Maiden voyage and sinking of the Titanic 1912 Eruption of World War I 1914 End of World War I RIY HISTORY Compilation: Edy Risi, Jennifer Miller (second year of birth) 1906 Viscose factory founded by French industrialist (Ernest Carnot), start of operations with 60 employees, introduction of a workers' commission Ernest Carnot (), founder and investor 1908 Start of regular viscose rayon production, establishment of the company health insurance fund 1909 Workforce: 40 male and approx. 200 female workers, production: 400 kg viscose silk daily 1912 Opening of the new restaurant ( Canteen) 1914 Workforce shortly before the outbreak of World War I: 800 people, half of whom were women, production: around kg artificial silk per day Introduction of full inflation compensation Construction of the Sonnenhof estate began 1919 Introduction of three-shift operation and the 48-hour week, establishment of the Viscose Foundation At the initiative of the head of personnel, a bathing facility is built ge created for all employees, which can also be used by family members.

3 100 YEARS OF FADENZAUBER Rhodia Industrial Yarns AG High proportion of women: the sorting plant in Emmenfeld alone had over 350 employees around 1928. The sorters had started in 1907 with an hourly wage of 18 cents. Dining establishment: Viscose canteen 1934, ready for service for the August 1st meal for shift workers. Landi: The visit to Switzerland. Despite the bad times, the state exhibition is subsidized with 10 francs for each employee. (Un) safety: In the period from September 1 to 6, 1929, no fewer than 3 industrial and 13 non-industrial accidents occurred. Shoe present: All children up to 14 years of age receive a pair of first-class shoes for the first time at Christmas 1912. This action will continue into the 1980s. Work utensils: In 1912, the spinners were reminded that they always had to have three things with them at work: a hook made of ebonite to fish the threads out of the sulfuric acid bath, a beer bottle rubber ring on this little hook so that it wouldn't come out of the overcoat falls out, as well as a lump of cobbler's pitch to close the wounds caused by the acid immediately. Yarn carrier: practically the entire production is reeled into strands from the "cake" (below) coming out of the spinning machine. For the entire after-treatment, including dyeing, the strand make-up is the most technically suitable. Goat breeding: The ambitious Viscose families keep goats for milk supply. Viscose encourages them to do so with subsidies from the goat breeding cooperative. At the goat show in 1923, the best animals are awarded a prize. Potato brokerage: in 1918 every employee received 10 kilos of potatoes and 8 kilos of apples free of charge. In addition to such campaigns, Viscose also provides planting land for self-cultivation and, among other things, a large drying plant for fruit preservation. rhodiazytig Swissair founded 1931 Broadcast of the world's first regular television program. 1935 Construction of the Emmer airfield begins 1938 Switzerland. National exhibition, Zurich outbreak of World War II. The old French. Company called “Société Suisse de la Viscose” founds a Swiss subsidiary called “Société de la Viscose Suisse”. 1922/23 Construction of a building for sorting and processing companies on the newly acquired area in the "Emmenfeld" 1924 Foundation of the artificial silk factory in Widnau 1928/29 Personnel: people, production: kg per day (works EWC and WID) 1935 Business interruption due to constant sales Difficulties for six months, bridging with labor camps. 1937 Introduction of compulsory old-age insurance. 1938 Introduction of housekeeping courses and marriage lumps. Start of production of rayon for wool and cotton spinning mills (war wool) Assistance with historical excavations.

4 The second third of our company history in fast motion Anniversary review part 2 (1973) From the viscose to the nylon age The forerunners of modern EDP: Conventional BULL punched card machines were at the beginning of the path to office automation. Despite the full commitment of our ladies in the punch card department at the beginning of 1960, the crucial information was only available about 20 to 25 days after the end of the month! Viscose factory: Rough factory floors and processes that required waterproof shoes - this is what fiber production looked like a few decades ago. The Visca ribbons (synthetic raffia) produced in the ribbon spinning mill were a coveted specialty for the hat industry and fashionable accessories, such as braided belts, bags or cushion covers. Area view 1952: Emmenbrücke on the dawn of the nylon age! The aerial photo shows a nice overview from the direction of the train station over the factory premises. The soccer field still exists in Emmenfeld (far left), which later had to give way to the new nylon 6 building and parking lots. The Shed buildings have received a first factory extension to the south for the new polyamide 6.6 production, and the administration building and the freight forwarding building have been built adjacent to Gerliswilstrasse. The most striking innovation in the Emmenweid area of ​​the viscose factory: the 70 m high exhaust air chimney built in 1950/51. Actually, they wanted to build it 100 m high, but this was not allowed because of the nearby airfield. Cultivation battle (1942): The shift workers in the spinning mill and the Sulfure carried out a large potato campaign. The management rented m2 of land in Innenrein, on Hellbühlstrasse, and gave it to the employees at a low rent. The 76 men involved worked 3341 hours and harvested 500 kilos of potatoes per head. ZEIT-HISTORY Last death penalty in Switzerland End of World War II 1945 The age of cinema arrives in Emmen (Kino Merkur) 1949 Death of Albert Einstein 1955 Soviet troops put a bloody end to the Hungarian uprising Hungarians flee to the west RIY -HISTORY Compilation: Edy Risi, Brigitte Senn 1941 The first Viscose ski day is held on the initiative of the employees in the laboratory. Werkzeitung: The “Vicose-Post” appears for the first time in December. For the first time, a holiday colony for employees' children is organized in Wilen near Sarnen Men's choir Start of production of high-strength viscose filament yarns for the tire industry Move into the administration building on Gerliswilstrasse (Building 711) On March 27, the number of Viscose employees rose again for the first time since 1929/51 Construction of the first Swiss nylon factory: polyamide 6.6 filament yarns for textile applications (nylon 66) Founding of the Viscose sports club. Completion of the new one Freight forwarding building (building 716), adjacent to the administration building, construction of two clarification basins on the Emme.

5 Bridgehead (1945): The old wooden bridge over the Emme served not only as a template for the company logo of the Société de la Viscose Suisse (SVS). It also adorned the gold table clock that every employee received as a thank you on their 20th anniversary with the company. 50 years of Société de la Viscose Suisse (1956): The 50th anniversary is celebrated with a thanksgiving service, a children's party and an employee party held on two evenings in the Lucerne Festival Hall. 100 employees are involved in the anniversary festival “The orange-red thread”. The director is the well-known author Josef Elias and the music is contributed by none other than Hans Möckel, conductor of the radio entertainment orchestra. 100 YEARS OF FADENZAUBER Rhodia Industrial Yarns AG Made for nylon from head to toe: When I go shopping, I appreciate being practically and comfortably dressed. What is more ideal than nylon? The dress made of colorfully printed Nylsuisse fabric with a matching jacket and beret, the fine Helanca stockings made of Nylsuisse and, just in case, the nylon pocket umbrella included. You can recognize good Swiss nylon by the “NYLSUISSE” brand. Be sure to! (Product advertisement from 1959). Parking lot 1970: «Many traffic problems still await a solution; But for the motorists among our employees, the asphalting of our parking lot, which now presents itself to the users in perfect condition, means a big step forward. " (Viscose-Post 3/1970). Housekeeping and carpentry courses: “It is important to us that our workers have capable housewives. In a marriage where the woman is able to prepare a modest meal in a tasty way, divide the money correctly, and is skilled in sewing and mending, there is much less friction ”(from a letter from the Human Resources Department in 1943). The Viscose offers women the opportunity to take housekeeping courses, while the men can acquire useful DIY skills in the carpentry course. Married couples who attend these courses have the opportunity to obtain a free marriage loan from Viscose until the 1960s. Social actions: In the post-war period, the SVS is widely known for its far-reaching social actions. It supports the financing of own homes (here one of the residential colonies in Than, Emmen), arranges food, coal, wood, etc. at reasonable prices and maintains its own kindergarten in the Viscoseheim, which is run by Menzing sisters. The gesture of giving each child a pair of high-quality new shoes at Christmas is also legendary and very much appreciated by employee families until the 1980s. Suez crisis / shortage of oil and diesel 1956 The Beatles become famous Soviet troops put an end to the “Prague Spring”. Hundreds of thousands of people flee from Czechoslovakia on the moon 1969 Introduction of voting rights for women in Switzerland 1971 Inauguration of the Gersag center in Emmenbrücke 1972 Oil crisis / three car-free Sundays in Switzerland Viscose Widnau completes a new building for its technical offices and workshop -Magazin The annual production amounts to tons, divided into tons of textile viscose silk, tons of viscose, tons of pneumatic rayon and tons of nylon Production start of polyamide 6 carpet yarns (nylon 6) Various new buildings (canteen building, boiler house) shape the image of the Emmenbrücke square Investment heavyweight in Widnau: 1964 Start of polyamide 66 production, 1966 Start of polyester production, 1970 Shutdown of rayon and cellulose wool production. 1971/72 Acquisition of Hetex Garn AG in Wattwil and Niederlenz and Viscosuisse Textured Yarns in Cardiff. First stage industrial yarn plant for high-strength polyamide and polyester filament yarns (Vico) put into operation.

6 The third third of our company history in fast motion Anniversary review, part 3 () Five names in thirty years: Long live change! Camp Wahligen between recession and hope (1974): In the decade of the oil crisis, recession and the Schwarzenbach initiative (against foreign infiltration), Viscosuisse made positive headlines. The Wahligen warehouse, inaugurated on May 10, 1974, put an end to the various decentralized sub-warehouses in half of central Switzerland. The site in Rothenburg with a direct rail connection not only offered storage space for tons of yarn, but also square meters of building land reserve in case the space in Emmenbrücke should become scarce. Groundbreaking for the new house (1977): The spade temporarily became a new sports instrument. Heinrich Briner, the deputy general director at the time, broke ground for the new clubhouse in Mooshüsli. A worthy gift for the 25th anniversary of the sports club! Farewell to the Rayonne (1980): On Sunday, June 22nd, 1980, the last Rayonne cake left the viscose factory, high workload, environmentally harmful manufacturing processes and increasingly limited areas of application had led to the decision to replace the Rayonne with a new product. At the same time, industrial yarn production had been set up in Vico 2, and it was clear from the start: "Nobody should be laid off." 260 employees were gradually transferred to other jobs between 1979 and 1980, around 30 more opted for early retirement. Our picture (top right) shows the former Beko president Josef Fässler inserting the last cellulose sheets. «Start up, VIPO!» (1986): The new continuous polymerisation system for polyester comprises around 100 different systems and containers, 10 kilometers of insulated pipes, valves and 900 signaling and alarm connections. The plant, built with Japanese know-how, was successfully started on November 26, 1986. Anniversary celebration (1981): The official ceremony for the 75th anniversary of Viscosuisse took place with illustrious guests, including former Federal Councilor Kurt Furgler, in the center of Gersag, followed by a banquet in the Hotel Schweizerhof. For the staff party, the Wahligen warehouse became a festival hall for two days. The decoration, which was held in bright pink, put the guests in high spirits. After a hors d'oeuvre plate, there was delicious shashlik skewers for dinner and an anniversary cake for dessert, from which a charming well-wisher with roses emerged during the address given by General Director Erich Sievers. ZEIT-HISTORY Opening of the Emmen shopping center / End of the Franco dictatorship in Spain after 39 years. Last execution with the guillotine in France Camp David Agreement: Egypt (Sadat) and Israel (Begin) make peace. Catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant / Chemical accident in Schweizerhalle Fall of the Berlin Wall / fall of communism Switzerland refuses to join the EEA RIY HISTORY 1974 Closure of the Steckborn plant / opening of the Wahligen warehouse in Rothenburg Change of name from “Société de la Viscose Suisse” to “Visco suisse SA” Inauguration of the Mooshüsli clubhouse Viscose factory closed / Yarn production t / year, EWC workforce: employees Anniversary activities 75 years of Viscosuisse. 1989/90 Purchase of RP Fibras and Meyhall Chemical / name change to «Rhône-Poulenc Viscosuisse SA» Commissioning of a new production plant for high-strength PA 6.6 filament yarns for tires (Vico4, with later expansion stages to Vico6). Compilation: Edy Risi, Brigitte Senn

7 Hochkamin (1990): "A piece of company history is disappearing: 17 kilos of explosives put an end to the Hochkamin in Emmenweid." 100 YEARS OF FADENZAUBER Rhodia Industrial Yarns AG On the hunt for medals (1987): 8x gold, 4x silver, 2x bronze the outstanding record of the Swiss national ski team at the 1987 World Cup in Crans-Montana. Our fast yarns, which have been processed by supplier Eschler into high-tech racing ski suits with lower air resistance values, also contributed a little to the success. Quality assurance, officially certified (1992): "Our first QS certificate according to ISO 9001 / EN29001 is dated March 20th. Everyone at RP Viscosuisse and in the two departments of industrial yarns and industrial yarns worked closely together to achieve this goal," said The then Chairman of the Board of Directors, Martin Pinot, attended the certification ceremony to the around 150 employees involved. 160 quality guidelines and around A4 pages comprised the QA manuals required for certification. Our picture shows the proud faces when the certificate is handed over; from left General director Siegfried Bäbler, QA manager Gerhard Jäger, SQS auditor Salvatore Stallone, QA specialist Gustl Knebel, GL member Alex Krieger. Vico6 (1993): In a further step in the expansion of industrial yarn production, the high-speed spinning system Vico6 doubled the capacity for high-tenacity yarns for Pneucord.100 million francs (1997): This is how much money the parent company Rhône-Poulenc will invest over the next 10 years. The authorities take on the commitment to the Emmenbrücke location on the occasion of the information from Jean-Noël Solesio with great enthusiasm. The “Movetech” project includes the concentration of the Group's monofilament activities in Emmenbrücke, for which purpose textile activities are being outsourced to the sister plant in Humenné as part of “Topas”. Re-engineering project profile (1995): «Brownpapers» and Gemini consultants move into Emmenbrücke. In lengthy project work and finally with a strategic realignment including further shedding of 280 jobs, the company is embarking on the hard road to become profitable again. Jean-Pierre Jarry, Delegate of the Board of Directors of RP Filtec AG, communicates openly: “We now know what needs to be done to become profitable and crisis-proof again. We need the will and the courage to implement all measures, even if some of them are painful. " Flood (2005): "Land unter" on the entire Emmenbrücke area due to the storm of the century from 22./23. August. Nothing but tidied up for three months. Thanks to enormous efforts, some of the most important systems are up and running again after three to four weeks. Dolly the clone sheep is born Gold rush mood on the Internet Opening of a multiplex cinema on our former parking lot September 11th attacks in New York / Grounding of Swissair Switzerland joining the UN / Introduction of the Euro tsunami tidal wave in the Indian Ocean / Flooding in New Orleans Explosives Economic growth in China / Globalization brings new challenges Name change to “Rhône-Poulenc Filtec AG”, “Viscosuisse” remains as the name for foundation / real estate. / Reengineering project “Profi l” / 50 years of company music / Men's choir Concentration and further expansion of the production of monofilaments Integration into the newly founded Rhodia (spin-off from the Rhône-Poulenc Group) under the new name “Rhodia Filtec AG” / Sale of Setila, Widnau / Sale of flock production to Claremont Flock Corporation (SwissFlock) Sale of stock in Wahligen Standardized appearance of all Rhodia companies in the industrial yarn sector. Change of name to “Rhodia Industrial Yarns AG”. / Founding of the JV “Tersuisse Multifi ls SA” with Ferrari Years of polyamide 6.6 production (nylon 66) Years of the sports club Centennial flood on August 22nd floods the company premises. / Complete takeover of Tersuisse Multifi ls SA by Ferrari year company anniversary / Annual production around t / year, EWC staff: 360 employees (including 20 apprentices).