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History

Lantal has a vivid corporate history: Starting out as a linen mill, the company evolved to become a globally leading provider of coherent all-in-one solutions for the transportation industry. 

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The starting point

When he established the Baumann & Brand linen  mill in 1886, Albert Brand laid the cornerstone for Lantal's history. Based in Langenthal, the company produced linen and linen blends for cheesemakers in the Emmental.   

The next generation

In 1930, sons Fritz  and Willy Baumann took over from their father. They changed the company  name to Baumann-Grütter Söhne. In 1951, Willy Baumann decided to leave this constellation and incorporated Möbelstoffweberei Langenthal AG, which later became Lantal. The focus was on the production of textiles for the furniture industry.  

Aviation

In 1954, Möbelstoffweberei Langenthal AG entered the still young aviation industry. KLM, the Dutch national airline, ordered seat cover fabrics from Langenthal. This opened up a market that would soon become strategically significant for the company.  

The rail and bus industry

The acquisition of Weberei Meister AG in 1956 was Lantal's debut in the production of textiles for the rail and bus industry.

The step overseas

Looking abroad, Möbelstoffweberei Langenthal AG identified a demand for high-quality textiles and in 1972 opened two sales offices in the USA.   

Expanding competencies

A design studio was established in Langenthal in 1993. It had long been obvious: functionality and style must not be mutually exclusive.  

The name change

In 1996, the gradual internationalization of the company called for an internationally comprehensible name: Möbelstoffweberei Langenthal AG became Lantal Textiles AG.   

The buyout

Urs and Renata Baumann, the company's owners, divested their majority share in Lantal. It was transferred to Urs Rickenbacher who had joined the company as CEO a year earlier.   

The focus

The focus also changed under the auspices of Urs Rickenbacher, the new CEO. From then on, it was no longer on production for contract products and shifted to the transportation industry instead. In particular, it emphasized on ready-to-install products. Lantal therefore established the “Engineering” department in 2008, which received the authorization to modify and certify cabin components. 

Internationalization

Lantal's objective is to provide customers with the greatest possible degree of support. Accordingly, in 2014, the company began to expand its existing international network and inaugurated sales hubs for the Americas and Asia.  

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