The well-known SMC brand is characterized by a long and successful history. Yarns were manufactured as early as 1817 by Johann Gottfried Kolb in a cluster of historic spinning mills, located on the river Fils near Salach, Germany. Shortly after production began, a cotton mill was added which was later converted into a wool spinning mill in 1822. To this day, this facility continues to be the hub for the development and marketing of all SMC knitting yarns.
In 1824, Leonhardt Schachenmayr joined the aspiring company after he married Herr Kolb’s eldest daughter. His focus on innovative yarn technologies and high quality production standards shaped the company and led to the development of one of the first yarn brands in Europe during the Industrial Revolution. In 1871, the company name was changed to Schachenmayr, Mann & Cie; in 2009, the acronym SMC was introduced with the current logo seen on all knitting yarns, design publications and advertising.
The SMC brand reflects the historical foundation of the company, yet continues to be forward thinking in product and design development. Today, the SMC brand is one of the leading producers and suppliers of knitting yarns. Held in high esteem by knitters all over the world, the SMC brand stands for quality, creative design and the celebration of the joy of knitting.