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5 Questions to Dirk Leicht

April 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here our production manager of electronic Dirk Leicht introduces himself.


Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

In my 25 years in the team, I went from a technician via further training and some internal stations to the production manager of electronics.


What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is the variety of tasks and the interaction with the employees.


What does quality mean to you?

The constant and long-term satisfaction of our customers with their PLEVA products.


What is special about PLEVA?

For me as an employee, PLEVA stands internally for a fair employer and externally for a global player. I think that the familiar atmosphere in the company is special. It is a company with a heart.


When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

It's hard for me to say. All the little things create the big charm.

Success Story of Stripe Satin in France

March 2019

There were many problems with the production of stripe satin by customers in France. Due to the reflection of the matt and shimmering stripes and the special structure of the material, it was impossible for previous straightening machines to detect and correct distortions. This caused production losses of about 30%, which had to be corrected manually.

The PLEVA straightening system SL, which is unique on the market, solved this problem and straightened the textile. This allows a more effective, faster production and the losses could be reduced to almost 0%.

More information about the success story of the SL in France can be found here.

5 Questions to Volker Müller

February 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here our head of sales Volker Müller introduces himself.


Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

My career led me from training to production, service and now sales. My tasks are to maintain contact to existing customers, to acquire new customers, to observe the market as well as to keep an eye out for market needs, new fields of application and new industries.


What do you enjoy most about your job?

Get up in the morning and enjoy going to work. Working together with customers on the phone and on site to find solutions for the task at hand.


What does quality mean to you?

For me, quality means competent employees, high customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.


What is special about PLEVA?

PLEVA is a family business with a good social environment and a good working atmosphere.


When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

The most beautiful experience? It is fun to travel the world and receive hospitality everywhere!

ITMA ASIA in Shanghai

October 2018

At the ITMA ASIA in Shanghai, which took place from October 15th to 19th, we presented our brand new and extremely robust structure detection system SD Series 300. It is the perfect system to measure skew and bow distortion, pick/course density and width. The system will be available from 2019. We would like to thank everyone, who visted us at our booth and we will be happy to provide you more information at any time.

After 30 years of successful cooperation with excellent products and interesting projects, we will continue all activities in Asia with the exeption of Thailand and Taiwan from our longterm partner company Cintex AG starting January 1, 2019. Furthermore, we will also take over all the successful CIMATIC control systems.

For more details see our news enclosed.

Thanks for your visit at Febratex 2018

October 2018

We would like to thank all visitors who visited us at our stand at Febratex 2018 in Blumenau.

The Brazilian trade fair for the textile industry, in which we participated in cooperation with our local agency WEKO America Latina, offered like the last years many interesting discussions.

Our team is looking forward to support you and your projects in Latin America in the future.

Excellent results on stenter frames for knitted fabrics

June 2018

PLEVA visualization and control systems in cooperation with our brazilian agency WEKO achieved significant results for different products for two customers from the knitting industry in Brazil.

By using FS sensors, the exhaust air volumes could be reduced by up to 43% and strong energy savings could be achieved.With the use of the fabric temperature sensors TDS, production could be increased by up to 38%.

The graphs above show exemplary results.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team.

Thanks for visiting us at ITM Istanbul

May 2018

Dr. Pleva and Kathrin Pleva at the BGM Teknik/PLEVA booth

From 14th to 17th April the international fair ITM took place in Istanbul, Turkey.
We were represented by our agency Burak Kökdemir, BGM Teknik with a booth and got new, interesting impulses.

We thank you for visiting our stand and look forward to use our solutions in various projects.

Lecture at the iTechStyle Summit in Porto

March 2018

R&D-manager Dr. Jürgen Thoms

From 28 February to 2 March, the iTechStyle Summit with over 750 participants took place in Porto, Portugal. PLEVA R&D-manager Dr. Jürgen Thoms gave a lecture on "Latest solutions for textile finishing: high-tech straightening and sensors for dryers".

Enclosed you will find the presentation in English and Portuguese.

VDMA-Events in Mexico and the USA

January 2018

Organized by the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, conferences were held in November in Charlotte, USA, and Mexico City, Mexico. PLEVA, member of the VDMA, was represented by Dr. Ralf Pleva and participated with presentations at the conference.

Please find the lecture from Mexico attached.

Lecture on Online Measurements on Nonwovens

November 2017

Dr. Jürgen Thoms, Head of R&D at PLEVA, gave a lecture on "Examples of Online Measurements on Nonwovens" at the Hofer Vliesstofftage 2017. The PLEVA company was represented there with 90 other exhibition stands and 480 participants from 14 countries.


Below is the PDF file of the lecture for download.

Process optimization at its best – Presentation in Ghent

October 2017

Mr. Lisjak from the R&D-Department

Mr. Michael Lisjak held a presentation during the "9th International Textile Coating and Laminating Congress". The title of the successful presentation was „Traversing coating measurement and sensors - Process optimization at its best“.
The congress took place from 28 to 29 september in Ghent, Belgium.

Here you can find the complete presentation to download.

Sucessfull technical degrees

July 2017

The company PLEVA congratulates Luca Belinske and Denis Weing on the successful technical degrees at the electrical engineering and automation engineering/mechatronics department of the Philipp-Matthäus-Hahn-Schule Balingen.
In their work at the company PLEVA, the two graduates thematized the topic "expansion of a climate cabinet" and got a commendation and a very good grading (1,0) for their successful presentation.
We are glad about this good collaboration and wish both of them much success in their further career and studying.

PLEVA GmbH mourns loss of company founder Harry Pleva

June 2017

Senior Chief Harry Pleva passed away on the 24th of June 2017 at the age of 89 years.


His life's work was the foundation and development of the PLEVA company, which he founded with his wife Gudrun in 1969. Together, they led the family business into an international company with more than 50 employees today. Harry Pleva invented a variety of measuring and control techniques, which are still the basis for a part of our product portfolio.

In 1993, the long-standing managing director handed the management of the PLEVA GmbH over to his son Dr. Ralf Pleva. Ten years later he retired from the operational business as well. Nevertheless, he remained fascinated with technology and process optimization by developing ideas for a energetic self-sustaining house. The creative dexterity and the indefatigable volition marked him as an entrepreneur and will continue to live on in the PLEVA company.

We commemorate him in great gratitude.

Sucessfull lecture on industry 4.0

May 2017

Mr. Lutz and Mr. Dr. Thoms from the R&D-Department

Mr. Johannes Lutz, as the youngest speaker, held his speech in front of more than 200 listeners on industry 4.0 in textile finishing. We are delighted that we have received many positive feedbacks to the lectureAs announced by Mr. Lutz, the presentation is attached here as a PDF.

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