Fifteen years supplying RV mattresses
Motorhome upholstery supplier G + S Polstermöbel GmbH is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their mattress series production this year. The company was founded in 2002. Today's sole managing partner Gernot Schank can look back on a rapid corporate development.
G + S is one of the "hidden champions" in the caravaning industry with its high market share, supplying new leisure vehicles with mattresses, upholstery, curtains, trim elements and carpets for numerous manufacturers. Overall, the G + S customer base consists of recreational vehicle manufacturers who take over G + S products for the initial equipment, but also meanwhile 50 trading partners and more than 1,000 end customers. The latter have their recreational vehicles upgraded or retrofitted to revamp their aging vehicles, to change their gear or to adapt their vehicles to new (health / allergic) needs with new foam quality or custom shapes.
With this product and service quality, the 120 G + S employees at the production sites in Pfaffen-Schwabenheim (Germany) and Murska-Sobota (Slovenia) generate annual sales in the double-digit millions. In Slovenia, large-scale production for recreational vehicle manufacturers is predominantly produced on an approximately 4,800 square meter area with the latest computer-aided technology and skilled manual work. The "just-in-time" production supplies materials and products every week for equipping around 600 new vehicles. The delivery takes place in the daily rhythm by pickup truck. Two large trucks leave the factory three times a week to Germany. In addition, Murska-Sobota applies as an extended workbench for production in Pfaffen-Schwabenheim. Among other things, the materials for small batches and custom-made products, which have been pre-fabricated in Slovenia, will be finalized there.
Major caravaning customers include renowned national and international motorhome manufacturers such as Carthago Reisemobilbau GmbH, EURA-Mobil, Fendt-Caravan GmbH, Hobby, Hymer GmbH & Co. KG, Knaus Tabbert GmbH, to name but a few. In addition, the upholsterer also supplies the boat industry.
According to Schank, the success of G + S is based on the company premises, which are the best product quality, highest reliability and optimum customer service: this applies to industrial customers as well as to the private customer sector. With this in mind, Schank is planning a new customer center with its G + S company, which is primarily intended to meet the ever-increasing demand of private customers.
However, G + S is also in a position to manufacture exclusive upholstered beds, seating furniture or complementary products for the real estate market in addition to the mobile customer market. As part of a diversification strategy in 2017, the company began mass production of high-quality designer furniture.
G + S Timeline
2002 Foundation of G + S Sitz- und Polstermöbel GmbH
2008 Foundation of G + S d.o.o. in Slovenia
2010 Moving to a new production hall in Murska Sobota with 2,000 m²
2012 Expansion of production capacity through automated cutting / CAD processing in Germany
2014 Expansion of the private customer area and establishment of a dealer network
2015 Expansion of the production area in Slovenia to 4.000 m²
2017 Installation of a fabric multilayer cutters in Slovenia and a leathercutters in Germany
2018 Anniversary "15 years of series production of mattresses"; planned opening of new customer center