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Benninger expands portfolio with LAB-PRO acquisition

LAB-PRO GmbH was founded in 2003 by Thomas Widmer and Thomas Gerhard.

28th January 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Uzwil & Reiden

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace

Benninger AG has acquired LAB-PRO GmbH, expanding its product portfolio in growing markets. Benninger is a world leading manufacturer of technologically advanced textile finishing and tire cord machinery for the global textile, tire and conveyor belt manufacturing markets. The company offers complete solutions for all major textile finishing processes, with special expertise in the field of continuous open width processing of woven, knitted and technical textiles with minimum resource consumption.

LAB-PRO GmbH was founded in 2003 by Thomas Widmer and Thomas Gerhard. With their excellent market and product knowledge, the entrepreneurs have succeeded in building up a complete range of world-leading technological products for discontinuous wet finishing over the past 17 years. LAB-PRO’s jet dyeing machines and jiggers are known for having the lowest water and energy consumption and lowest fabric elongation compared to competitors' machines.

The Benninger portfolio will be extended by technologically advanced discontinuous dyeing machines such as jet and jigger dyeing machines as well as beam dyeing and laboratory dyeing apparatus. Fully automatic chemical, salt, soda or dye dosing systems, which ensure the highest accuracy and reproducibility, complete the portfolio.

“By combining the know-how and experience of both companies, Benninger becomes the leading system supplier in the field of continuous and now also discontinuous dyeing and finishing technology,” the company says.

“By using Benninger's worldwide sales, service and production network, LAB-PRO will be able to in- crease its market presence. The integration of LAB-PRO's experience in discontinuous dyeing technology leads to a further strengthening of Benninger as a total solution provider."

“With the leading products FabricMaster (Jet), JigMaster (Jigger) and BeamMaster (HT Beam dyeing) Benninger strengthens its strategy as a partner for all customers in the premium segment of the wet finishing industry. Mr. Widmer and Mr. Gerhard will continue to lead the company LAB-PRO as managing directors.”

Benninger AG is 100% owned by Jakob Müller Holding AG (JMH) and is a sister company of Jakob Müller AG in Frick (JMF). JMF and its subsidiaries are exclusively active in the field of narrow fabrics machines with production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, India and China and sales companies in all major textiles markets.

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