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Part 4 - A Champagne Bottle Wire Hood Is More Than Just A Piece Of Wire

Everyone has had one in his hand, and probably didn’t even give it a second thought: a wire cork hood from the Schneider Metal Works.

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Eight out of every ten wire hoods put on champagne bottles world-wide are produced at the Schneider company’s main factory in Bad Münster-Ebernburg in the Rheinland-Palatinate. Around 2 billion such devices leave the assembly line at Schneider & Co. yearly –produced on machines that were created by the company itself, which remain one of its most carefully guarded secrets. Philipp Bilsky gets an inside peek at how Schneider was able to capture an international market for a product with just a piece of wire.

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