MGC, the textile manufacturing joint venture between UK-based Carrington Textiles and Portugal based TMG – Acabamentos Texteis, the strategic finishing partner for Melchior Textil, has announced the acquisition of Melchior Textil in Germany from HOS-Group.

According to a statement issued on Monday 20 January, the acquisition further strengthens the position of all group companies in Europe, with particular focus on the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and the Central European markets: 

  • Melchior Textil: Benefiting from a solid and sustainable production base becoming part of a vertical industrial workwear setting
  • MGC: Securing long term plant utilization through strategic forward integration

Building on the strengths of both the Carrington and Melchior product ranges, this new structure will provide customers with continued innovation and a wider choice of fabrics all under one roof. Both brands, Carrington and Melchior, will retain their own identity and brand positioning and receive full group support for their respective business models.

One of Europe’s largest workwear fabric suppliers, Carrington was formed in Lancashire in 1891 and continues to lead the industry in the production of textiles for workwear applications. Carrington’s current product range covers workwear, flame retardant, waterproof and the military sector.  

MGC – Acabamentos Têxteis manufactures 18 million metres of fabric per year in Portugal, in addition to Carrington’s current production capacity of 32 million metres in Europe, giving a total of more than 50 million metres annually.

Established in 1996, Melchior Textil is one of Europe’s leading workwear textile suppliers in industrial, government, trade, commercial and healthcare end users.

John Vareldzis, director of MGC and CEO of Carrington, said: “We are delighted to announce this positive step. Melchior have been an obvious choice of partner for us given their reputation in the workwear textile market. We have been evaluating the possibility of cementing our relationship with Melchior for some time and this will be strategically advantageous for our future.” 

Dirk Otto, CEO of HOS-Group, said: “The possibilities of this new partnership for Melchior are enormous. It further strengthens Melchior´s long-term proposition to the market, combining the resources and technical capabilities of Melchior, MGC and Carrington.”

Manfred Seeber, CEO of Melchior Textil said: “As part of a vertically integrated textile group, Melchior will continue to provide the accustomed premium quality products and services, being able to even expand them further.”

Manuel Gonçalves, director of MGC and executive board director at TMG, said: “We look forward to the start of this exciting new phase in our development, where we will be able to further strengthen our position in the market.  This will allow us to make appropriate new investment into the plant as we build on these foundations.”

TEXTILE GROUP: TMG’s headquarters in Portugal