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History

2019 
100th anniversary of the company 

2018
Consolidation of share types and conversion into registered shares
Foundation of Ahlers RUS, in which Ahlers holds 60 percent; signing of an agreement to acquire another 30 percent
Announcement of a comprehensive programme of measures aimed at increasing earnings and efficiency

2017
Opening of the fifth Elsbach Denim Library in Westerland on Sylt
Relocation of Baldessarini to the Herford Headquarters
2016
Launch of the Pierre Cardin online shop
 
2014
Opening of the “Elsbach Denim Library” multi-brand store in Hamburg
Acquisition of additional Pierre Cardin licenses in Belgium, France and Spain

2013
Takeover of the license for Pierre Cardin Legwear
Opening of an international showroom in Rue Royale in Paris
Launch of the Pionier Workwear online shop

2012
Launch of the Baldessarini online shop

2011
Takeover of the remaining interests in Otto Kern GmbH

2010
Spin-off of the Jupiter shirts business and foundation of a joint venture under
the name of Jupiter Shirt GmbH (Ahlers share: 49 percent)

2006
Sale of the Eterna Group to a financial investor
Acquisition of Baldessarini GmbH, Munich

2005
Dr. Stella A. Ahlers, granddaughter of company founder Adolf Ahlers, is appointed to
head the Management Board

2004
Inclusion in the Prime Standard segment of the German Stock Exchange

2000
Acquisition of the rights to the Otto Kern Brand

1998
Ahlers shares are traded in the Official Market segment of the German Stock Exchange

1996
Acquisition of Eterna Beteiligungs-AG, Passau

1992
Licensing partnership with Pierre Cardin, Paris, begins

1987
Initial public offering

1979
Foundation of a production plant in Sri Lanka

1977
Launch of the Pioneer brand for denim fashion

1971
Foundation of the Pionier Workwear brand

1970
Launch of the Pionier brand for jeans and trousers of all sizes

1932
Company moves to Herford/Westphalia

1919
Establishment as a textile wholesale business in the Frisian town of Jever