How it all began

For nearly a century, Schneider Group has been a leading name in the processing and trading of fine wools and speciality fibres. The company was established in Australia by Giovanni Schneider, a young wool buyer with an entrepreneurial spirit, who started his own wool trading business in the early 1920s. Following the conclusion of the Second World War, the sales of greasy wool fell dramatically in favor of a rising demand for semi-processed products. This significant shift in market needs prompted the Group to develop a new area of business focusing on wool tops, whose production was initially outsourced to external suppliers before being moved in-house in the 1990s.

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Nowadays, Schneider is a world leader in the processing and supply of high-quality wools and natural fibres and operates in Italy, Argentina, China, Mongolia and Egypt.

Over the years, the Group has grown into a solid, integrated organization with production facilities managed by an independent Industrial Division. The sourcing and selection of raw materials in their countries of origin is handled by an extensive network of specialized laboratories performing quality tests and fully-owned purchasing organizations located in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, China and Mongolia.

Schneider trades in the most prominent textile hubs worldwide. We aim to offer a comprehensive customer service that encompasses specialized services, custom technical assistance and tailored advice besides promoting the uniqueness and excellence of natural fibres to the public.

The Group’s internal Financial Division provides a wide range of financial services, thus allowing the individual companies to focus exclusively on their core business.