Strategic investment team takes over Bamberger Kaliko

“In Kufner Holding GmbH we have found a strong strategic investor to take over Bamberger Kaliko Textile Finishing GmbH,” was the good news announced by Kaliko Managing Director Alexandra Semrau. “Kufner is an innovative global manufacturer of technical textiles and the world market leader in the lining segment. Kufner’s experience and internationality thus creates huge potential to bring Kaliko back on course for success,” continued Semrau. A joint engagement between Kufner and the restructuring experts from the Austrian VMS Group is planned.

The two companies have already worked together successfully in a similar project. Ulrich Sogl, CEO of the Kufner Group on the takeover of Kaliko: “We are happy that we, together with all stakeholders, managed to find a takeover solution, which was signed contractually on 14 December 2018. The Bamberg site, with its four product segments, will not only be preserved, we are also planning extensive investments and other operative measures. The objective is once again to achieve a leading market position in the existing business areas. If we all manage to achieve this positive development of the company together, a further expansion of jobs is conceivable.”

With around 130 employees, the Franconian company Kaliko is one of the most important producers in the finishing, coating and colouring of bookbinding materials, roller blinds, technical fabrics and textile-based abrasive cloths. The works council and the trade union support the takeover, as confirmed by Marcel Adelhardt from IG Metall Bamberg: “Kufner and VMS want to secure the jobs in Bamberg and provide staff with a new perspective. The collective agreement of the textile and clothing industry will continue to apply. In the last few weeks, all parties involved have worked very intensively on this solution and are proud of the result. Despite the differences in opinion at times, due to the various different interests, the cooperation was always constructive and focused on the matter at hand, i.e. the continuation of the company and the preservation of the existing jobs. We are glad that we can send the staff of Bamberger Kaliko into their Christmas holidays with this good news.”

However, Kufner and VMS do not plan to stand by idly until then, as Roman-Knut Seger explains. “There are already comprehensive plans and many ideas for the further restructuring of Kaliko. Customers, suppliers and employees still stand behind the company. Even though we have managed together to stabilise the day-to-day business since the insolvency declaration last June, and although the restructuring is also showing some signs of success, there is still a lot to do. The new owners will take up the baton from here and will become involved in the traditional business, so that Kaliko can become competitive again as quickly as possible.” Integration into the Kufner Group, which includes five factories on two continents and 20 distributive companies worldwide, will lead to improved purchasing conditions, for example, and an optimised financial structure.

R+T summary
Stuttgart 27.2.-3.3.2018

For over 50 years, companies have been presenting their innovations and demonstrating their solutions for the central themes in the sector at R+T – the world´s leading trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems. Every 3 years international enterprises of distinction come together in Stuttgart.

Bamberger Kaliko successfully presented their ideas an innovations in hall 1 to a broad range of visitors. With about 44% more visitors (compared to R+T show in 2015) and about 40% new customer contacts the overall results of the fair after 5 days were absolutely positive and satisfying.

The complete STUDIO-family, PANAMA and BOLERO (as a low-price basic item) were set in focus of our product presentation. Technical products however such as SKYLIGHT and AQUA PERL with their unique features also were of high interest. The program was rounded off by digitally printed fabrics, which become more and more popular.

Thank you for all our visitors and their interest. See you again in 2021 !

New basic item Bolero

Bolero - a lightly texturized and translucent fabric with a catchy look that gives it a unique and timeless presence. Effect runs in warp direction thus absolute straight in line. Bolero can be used for roller and vertical blinds as well as for panel tracks.

Design pool for digital prints

"Digi" - several sequences of trendy designs open up opportunities to grade up approved roller blind fabrics with fashionable styles. Digital prints can be arranged on "Premium" for translucent base material or on "Premium BO" and "Studio BO" for blackouts. The prints are made with high-class water based latex inks. They are environmental friendly, they have an outstanding light fastness level (6-7 according to DIN EN ISO 105-B02) and the prints are free of smell. Minimum order quantity is one roll per design which allows to add many designs to your catalogue without adding a lot of material into your stock.

Minimalistically beautiful: Studio Melange FR

It´s all you need - the new roller and vertical blind fabric Studio Melange FR stands out by its vivid surface in conjunction with the colour coordinated dimout foam back. Studio Melange FR has low transmission values (ideal for project business), it is flame retardant according to German standard DIN EN 4102 B1 and is - due to the width of 2700 mm - most suitable for large window dimensions.

New trendy book binding fabrics

With 5 brand new and up-to-date colors our book binding items "Iris®" and "Duo®" capture the spirit.
Iris® “anthracite” is a strong and expressive tone which can be used in many ways. Other soft and gentle pastels like “powder”, “glacier grey” and “sand grey” set a trend to meet new color expectations from the markets. The fifth Iris®-novelty is a refreshing but discreet “apple green” which perfectly fits in this new set of tones.
The new “Duo®” colors add a new aspect to the existing program. As painted by nature: “oat”, “limestone”, “chalk”, “poppy seed” and “jeans blue” are the decent but strong color combinations. They offer various possibilities for combination and design during further process steps. Both items are laminated with FSC-approved paper on the back which guarantees perfect adhesion. All book binding fabrics are manufactured environmental friendly in Bamberg.

New CCO for Sales and Marketing

On June 1st Bert Krieger started as CCO at Bamberger Kaliko Textile Finishing GmbH with an overall responsibility for Sales & Marketing. With his background of more than 20 years of sales experience gathered in well-known international groups in different fields his focus will be to strengthen our international activities and to develop new fields. „I am very much looking forward to this new task and to work with the highly motivated and experienced sales team and to push the strategic process of Bamberger Kaliko forward. Several discussions with the shareholders of KLT-Holding have inspired me for this role and the development of the potentials. I am deeply convinced that we can increase our market shares by improved customer focus, structured customer relationship management and with a stronger emphasis on international sales networks.“ Bert Krieger complements the Management-Team of Bamberger Kaliko, that now includes Alexandra Semrau (MD / Administration), Herbert Högemann (Production) and Bert Krieger (Sales & Marketing).

Safe at work - safe at home

Studio FR is a new base fabric for rollers and verticals, flame retardant according to DIN 4102 B1. Its price-performance ratio is unique. Due to the low transmission values (ligth and solar) Studio FR is most suitable to be used in offices with work stations and for project business. Extra wide (2700 mm) allow large-sized blinds. Studio FR is available from stock in 11 colours.

Panama: Good to great

Panama - an all-round roller blind fabric in traditional but distinct and genuine Panama-weave. Brilliant colours by high-quality pigments. Wonderful look and make, durable and robust which emphasises the striking look. Both Panama fabrics - translucent and blackout - are manufactured carefully without solvents, PVC and lead.

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Style Perl Pleated

Style Perl Plissee is a trendy fabric with thin irregular stripe effects. A pearl coating on the back efficiently reflects the sun to ensure pleasant room temperatures even in summer. Style Perl is translucent but not transparent, therefore guarantees privacy when needed. Style Perl Plissee is available in five precious colours.

Skylight BO

Skylight BO – especially designed for cassette systems and skylights. Manufactured on basis leading technologies, designed for highest demands. Extremely thin, but still 100% blackout. Skylight BO ist temperature resistant from –20°C up tp +90°C. The smoothness allows minimal rolling diameter necessary in small cassettes. Skylight BO is very energy sufficient due to its reflective white foam back which helps to avoid summer heat as well as arctic cold. Available in 14 fashionable colours for a harmonic ambience.

"Queens Award for Enterprise"

UK Textile Chemical supplier, Nanoflam limited, receives the Queens Award for Enterprise, International Trade, for its exceptional growth in overseas sales over the last 3 years. As part of the celebrations two members of the Nanoflam team were invited to meet Her Majesty the Queen, at an evening reception at the Palace. Managing Director Andrew Littlewood comments “This is a fantastic achievement for a company less than 6 years old. We are all very excited and proud to be honoured in this way”. Now the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombs visited Barnsley based Textile Chemical manufacturer Nanoflam to present to the company, on behalf of her Majesty, The Queens Award for Enterprise, in the category of International Trade. The formal ceremony involved the presentation of a symbol and scroll by the Lord Lieutenant to employees Ian Leigh and Kevin Airstone. Both of whom had been involved in the original start-up of the company. Managing Director Andrew Littlewood thanked all those who had contributed to helping Nanoflam achieve this award. Customers, Suppliers, the landlord and Investors and of course the employees.