PFAFF (German: PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG, PFAFF Industrial) is a manufacturer of sewing machines and is now owned by the SGSB Co. Ltd.[2]

MAX PFAFF Industrial
joint-stock company 
Industrymechanical engineering 
Founded1862 as PFAFF, Kaiserslautern, Germany
FounderGeorg Max Pfaff
HeadquartersKaiserslautern, Germany
Key people
  • Min Zhang (Chairman)
  • Cornelia Mast (CEO)[1]
Productssewing machine, embroidery machine, overlock sewing machine, longarm sewing machine 
Number of employees
180 (2014)
ParentSGSB Co. Ltd


PFAFF was founded in Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1862 by instrument maker Georg Michael Pfaff (1823–1893). Pfaff's first machine was handmade, and designed to sew leather in the manufacture of shoes.

In 1885, Georg Michael Pfaff opened a sewing machine shop in London. The PFAFF factory was expanded and modernized. Georg Pfaff, the second son of the founder, took over the management of the company after his father's death in 1893 and expanded it further with great success.[3]

In 2006 the American equity firm Kohlberg & Company, owner of Singer, acquired Swedish VSM Group, owner of Husqvarna Viking and PFAFF, thereby creating SVP Worldwide.[4]

In March 2013 the German holding company of SGSB Group Co. Ltd., ShangGong (Europe) Holding Corp. GmbH, took over 100% of the shares of PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG.[1]


Pfaff won the 2006 IMB INNOVATION AWARD 2006 for the Programmed Welding solution with 100% parameter control. In 2007, the expert jury of the interzum award 2007 awarded a newly developed PFAFF pole sewing machine with the award BEST OF THE BEST in the field of upholstery furniture manufacturing and bedding. In the same year, the Initiative Mittelstand PFAFF was awarded the Industry Innovation Prize for the ultrasonic welding machine PFAFF 8310 Cut & Seal. Also, Pfaff sewing machines have frequently been given away as prizes on "The Price is Right," through the 80s and early 90s.

See also


  1. "ShangGong (Europe) Holding Corp. GmbH took over 100% of the shares of PFAFF Industriesysteme und Maschinen AG in Kaiserslautern". Dürrkopp Adler. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. SGSB Co. Ltd
  3. "The history of Pfaff extends over 150 years". PFAFF Sewing Machines. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. "PFAFF® SEWING MACHINE BRAND CELEBRATES 145 YEAR ANNIVERSARY". SVP Worldwide. 3 December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
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