– The technological change in the 1980s, from manual drawing and punching to computer-aided, PC-based digitization, put an end to our own production of embroidery programs. Ekkehard Gunold founds GUNOLD DESIGN GMBH and GUNOLD TECHNOLOGY GMBH and separates from GUNOLD + STICKMA GMBH, which remains family-owned by Heinz Gunold as a holding company for real estate and investments.
– The sale of embroidery threads, nonwovens and other embroidery materials is continued by the spin-off GUNOLD + STICKMA MATERIALS GMBH, which is later renamed GUNOLD GMBH. BEERLI AG, now with production facilities for yarns in Switzerland and Austria, acquires 50% of the shares in this company and Urs Isler becomes an additional managing director.
– Heinz Gunold hands over the management of both companies to his eldest son Christoph Gunold as the new managing director.