GERMAN AIRBRUSH firm Harder & Steenbeck has been bought by Japanese competitor Iwata.
Since 1996, H&S boss Jens Matthiessen built a small company into a world leader in airbrush technology, but with a desire to move into the next stage of his life, Mr Matthiessen has found a partner which, in his words, truly understands the philosophy of excellence, and serves the creativity of the customer…hence the sale to Iwata. Both firms have recently celebrated 90th anniversaries, and each has a deep respect and understanding of the other’s heritage. Mr Matthiessen said:
“I am confident I have made the right decision in choosing ANEST IWATA to continue my life’s work - my passion - while remaining true to the Harder & Steenbeck way. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you who’ve contributed significantly on this remarkable journey, and wish you continued success in this new and exciting phase with Harder & Steenbeck.”
Iwata and H&S maintains nothing will change for customers of either brand; H&S airbrushes will continue to be manufactured at the headquarters in Norderstedt, Germany, and the firm will still develop its products to the same high-quality standards.