Gurtweberei Arthur von Zabern
Heinrich Robert Rathgeber acquired Klöppelei and Gurtweberei Arthur von Zabern in 1933, which at that time produced drive belts for mills, halter straps for horses, and belts for the military. He renamed the company to Jute- und Leinen-Industrie H.R. RATHGEBER and registered the trademark jlira.
Much has changed over the decades. The trademark jlira became ilira, and the drive belts and halter straps were replaced by more than 1000 new and contemporary products. To this day, the company is owned by the Rathgeber family – the 3rd generation, led by Lutz R. Rathgeber.
Challenges are met with ideas and Swabian ingenuity.
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Heinrich R. Rathgeber purchases the company with 6 employees.
Registration of the brand name “jlira” and the trademark ®.
Purchase of the residential house at Weberstrasse 12 as an office building.
Adding some color
Expansion for dyeing and storage.
Construction of the administration building.
Entry year of Roland Rathgeber.
Development of the elastic upholstery belt “ilira-elastic”.
Change of legal form to a limited partnership (KG).
New managing director
Assumption of management by Roland Rathgeber.
Need for a hall
Construction of a weaving hall.
First participation in Interzum fair in Cologne.
Roller shutter belts
Roller shutter belts “ilira-roll” become part of the product portfolio.
First participation in R+T fair in Stuttgart.
Founder Heinrich Rathgeber passes away this year.
Development of technical articles “ilira-tech”.
Ski catch straps
Establishment of a confectionery department – 1st product: ski catch straps.
Needle tape technology
Completion of the transition to needle tape technology.
Belts for cars and commercial vehicles in the program “ilira-automotive”.
Establishment of an in-house dyeing facility.
Lutz R. Rathgeber
Entry of Lutz R. Rathgeber into the company.
GmbH & Co.KG
Change of the company name to GmbH & Co. KG.
Assumption of management by Lutz Rathgeber.
Development of knitted wide fabric “ilira-stretch”.
Start of production
Start of production of wide fabric in its own factory.
Acquisition of the weaving mill from Meister and Cie, Switzerland.
Acquisition of Deschner netting mill.
Establishment of Plant 2.
Death of Roland Rathgeber.
Entry of Tim and Lea Rathgeber as shareholders.
Entry into B2C business with new products and distribution channels.