100 years that connect
Losberger De Boer celebrates its 100th birthday
In January 2019, Losberger De Boer will be 100 years old. To have been on the market since 1919 also means to have lived through eventful times. The fact that Losberger De Boer is now one of the world's leading suppliers of temporary and semi-permanent space solutions shows that these years have been successfully mastered.
It all began with the two entrepreneurial families, Losberger and de Boer, who merged their companies in 2017. In 1919, a company was registered under the name 'Friedrich Losberger Sackhandlung' in Heilbronn, which was then renamed 'Fabrik für Planen und Wagendecken' in 1925. Friedrich Losberger built his first tent for a travelling circus, a tent to serve as a stable for the animals. Just one year earlier, in 1924, Klaas de Boer needed a tent for a village festival in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, where he wanted to run the tent catering as a local grocer and café owner. He built this tent from tarpaulins and wooden pillars from a local carpenter's workshop.
Both founders, Friedrich Losberger and Klaas de Boer, quickly recognised the advantages of tents for a wide variety of purposes and, over time, both companies concentrated more and more on temporary structures. Klaas de Boer initially used his tents to operate his ever growing mobile catering business and later started renting out the tents. From the very beginning, Friedrich Losberger concentrated on the production, rental and sale of tents, which were used for many purposes such as events, storage and accommodation. As with Klaas de Boer, event tents also played the most important role for the Heilbronn-based company.
Ideas and growth
During the Second World War, Friedrich Losberger’s factory had been destroyed and after the war, in 1947/48, he rebuilt it at the new location in Heilbronn. From then on, everything revolved around semi-permanent structures and a decent growth of the company. Klaas de Boer also started a strong growth phase in the after-war period. He concentrated on the production and nationwide rental of tents as temporary solutions for a wide variety of purposes.
The 1950s marked the beginning of a wide range of developments in temporary structures at Losberger and De Boer. Some of them still represent the state of the art worldwide today. Among the inventions and developments are the "double-hinged truss hall" with ground anchor fastening, tent-aluminium supporting structures, supporting structures with roof tarpaulins retractable from the ground, modular tent systems for small and large span widths, the patented floor for large tent and so on. But the foundation of subsidiaries also began at that time.
At the end of the 80's, the focus was on tent architecture and equipment. A trend towards aesthetic forms and comfortable equipment began. At Losberger and De Boer, this was achieved by further engineering the existing modular systems, which led to new trends in tent rental to be realised economically - not only for the company's own rental business, but also for customers who were active in the market as tent leasers themselves. A variety of shapes and designs emerged and the description "tent" was no longer accurate.
Especially the 90s and 2000s stand for the particularly dynamic development of temporary buildings and equipment elements, as well as for constant internationalisation, starting from Germany and the Netherlands. Building aesthetics and comfort of use moved to regions that had not been considered to be possible before. Arched and shed roofs, cubic structures and 3-floor versions provided a completely new, generous appearance to the temporary buildings, far away from the classic saddle roof tent. Large window fronts made of insulating glass supported the generous, sovereign architecture of the semi-permanent structures. In contrast to the window curtains used until then, they not only offered a clear view of the outside world, but also contributed to interior air conditioning, which met the ever-increasing demand for sustainable, environmentally friendly and resource-saving products and sustainable use. In addition to the glass panels, hard wall panels were developed that provided firm, solid wall cladding where no glass was desired. Moving and fluttering tent curtains were thus things of the past, but unauthorised access to the building via the wall cladding was also prevented. A further development was initiated by using insulated hard-shell wall elements and inflatable roof tarpaulins, which significantly improved the energy consumption for heating and air conditioning and thus increased the sustainability of the use of these semi-permanent structures.
In addition to the aluminium structures, the range was also extended to halls with steel supported structures, containers and room modules as well as tents with inflatable supporting structures that could be erected in an extremely short time. Turnkey-delivered projects became the norm.
The merger of the two companies took place in 2017. The new brand name includes the names of both strong brands and is now Losberger De Boer. It shows what the merger was all about: Two important companies in the industry are combining their strengths in know-how, organisation, market access and capacity. From product development and production to sales and rental, everything comes "from one single source". Bundling of the know-how of both companies results in high, comprehensive competency in the fields of semi-permanent structures, combined with a particularly intensive presence in the existing markets and an excellent basis for future developments. Losberger De Boer's customers can rely on a partner with particularly large resources in material, know-how and service. This leaves time for careful consultation and creates the security to receive exactly the service that is desired, on time and in first-class quality.
Markets and target groups
Today, Losberger De Boer is represented at many major international events worldwide. For example, at the Olympic Games, the World Football Championships and many other major sporting, political and cultural events. But the company has also gained a firm foothold in the economy and in the municipal sector. This is reflected by today’s Losberger De Boer range. It covers the production, sale and rental of many different semi-permanent space solutions and a variety of markets, both national and international, are supplied.
For sales, the leasers of event tents and temporary event buildings are one of the most important target groups worldwide. The rental business primarily includes complex, large-scale events. Today, turnkey projects are in demand in both the commercial and the public sectors for purchase and rental. And finally, our inflatable structures, which can be set up in an extremely short time, are indispensable equipment for armed forces, NGOs and government authorities. Losberger der Boer and their customers' fields of application include corporate and sporting events, exhibitions, congresses and conferences, warehouses and production halls, sports halls, schools, kindergartens, offices and office buildings, retail salesrooms, hangars and airport terminals, field camps, team accommodation facilities and hospitals.
Over many generations, innovative ideas, creative concepts and focussed value orientation towards employees, suppliers and customers have led to the leading position that Losberger De Boer holds in this industry today.
The trend towards more permanent structures is unbroken. Areas of application and products that were described years ago as unsuitable for semi-permanent structures are possible today.
Economic development is progressing worldwide, temporary construction is a factor to realize the necessary infrastructure in the emerging regions.
Today, semi-permanent structures have reached a standard that enables a particularly efficient use that also makes sense from the point of view of sustainability.
The Losberger De Boer employees are specialists in their fields, motivated, enthusiastic and creative. They have often proven that they are able to accept new trends and challenges and use them for the success of the company.
In everything we do, we are absolutely customer-oriented. At Losberger De Boer, this does not just mean customer orientation to the outside world, to those who expect performance from us and receive an invoice for it. This also means customer orientation internally, among all employees who see each other as customers. The guiding principle for the customer orientation we live by is defined by our three brand values, which are mutually dependent. For example, without professionalism, no creativity of good quality can develop, involvement also requires creativity and professionalism, if it is to have a positive effect. This is why we always live our brand values of professionalism, creativity and involvement. This is the only way we can keep our promise "Committed to your success". We have excellent products and services - but in addition, we have excellent employees with extreme customer orientation. And that is the key to first-class performance and pleasure at work, now and in the future.
These are all prerequisites for Losberger De Boer to continue their solid development in the future. A reason to look forward to what the future will hold for us and to being able to help shape it.