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Coulisse expands with acquisitions of Lienesch and Sensuna: Pioneers in honeycomb and pleated window coverings

Transforming Coulisse into a comprehensive provider of honeycomb and pleated fabrics, systems, and motorization

Enter, 1 December 2023 – Coulisse, a world-leading player in window coverings, will acquire Lienesch International BV in Haaksbergen, the Netherlands and Sensuna GmbH in Plauen, Germany effective January 1st, 2024. The takeovers will further strengthen Coulisse's global position in the field of honeycomb and pleated textiles and systems in the interior shading market. The turnover of Coulisse is expected to increase to 200 million euros in 2024, with around 350 employees.

Complete honeycomb and pleated solution

The acquisitions bring together the long-standing knowledge and expertise of Coulisse, Lienesch, and Sensuna in developing and manufacturing a total solution of honeycomb and pleated fabrics, systems, and motorization. The extensive global network of distributors, assembly partners, and retailers of the three companies now has the convenience of sourcing a comprehensive product range from a single supplier.

Christiaan Roetgering, CEO at Coulisse: “In line with our shared vision, our goal is to offer customers the ultimate total solution for honeycomb and pleated shades. This collaboration is a significant stride towards positioning Coulisse at the forefront of the window covering business with a particular focus on energy-efficient and future-proof solutions for smart homes and buildings worldwide.”

Lienesch fabric specialists

With over twenty years of experience, Lienesch has become a pioneering specialist in honeycomb and pleated fabrics since it was founded by Bennie Lienesch in 2001. Having started working together in 2011, the strategic collaboration between Coulisse and Lienesch has led to the launch of the energy-saving Honeycell® fabric collection. Thanks to excellent knowledge of textiles, continual innovation, and close relationships with the market, Lienesch offers high-quality and inspiring fabrics for interior shading. After the acquisition, the textile production facilities will remain in Haaksbergen, the Netherlands.

Bennie Lienesch, Founder of Lienesch: “We are thrilled to join forces with Coulisse as it opens up new opportunities for us in the global market. Combining our expertise in honeycomb and pleated fabrics with Coulisse's proficiency in systems and smart automation creates a winning formula. We eagerly anticipate elevating our business to new heights.”

Sensuna system experts

To complete the honeycomb and pleated total solution, Coulisse will acquire Sensuna from owners Hartmut Knauth and Kathrin Kaiser in Plauen, Germany. The company specializes in the production of made-to-measure honeycomb and pleated blind systems, which are delivered to online sales channels. With this acquisition, Coulisse will partner with Window Fashion AG. All previous Sensuna activities and the production facilities of Window Fashion AG will be transferred into the new joint-venture Smart Shades GmbH.

Andreas Schreiber, CEO of Window Fashion AG: “This new venture marks a strategic investment in advancing our production capabilities for honeycomb and pleated blinds. With Coulisse, we aspire to push the boundaries of production robotization.”

Dual presence at R+T 2024

In response to recent developments, Coulisse is set to present its latest innovations across two booths at the upcoming R+T trade fair in Stuttgart in February 2024. The Motionblinds smart home booth will feature an immersive room, smart device room and exclusive product launches. Simultaneously, the joint booth featuring Lienesch and Coulisse will showcase the latest pleated and honeycomb fabrics, with a focus on the new range of recycled materials. This underscores the commitment to sustainability and energy-efficient solutions, aligning perfectly with current market priorities.