European textile accessories supplier Butonia-Kahage Group has taken over its London-based rival J&J Stern.
Butonia-Kahage Group is a major supplier of buttons, buckles and other accessories, with offices in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Lithuania.
It has merged J&J Stern, whose products include hook and loop fasteners, shock cords and webbing, into its UK operation, Butonia.
J&J managing director Peter Stern will remain with the business.
John Boeschoten, owner of Butonia-Kahage Group, said: “Peter and I have known each other for many years and we always felt it would be a great match, both personally as well as professionally. I am very happy he has remained within the business, bringing much expertise and experience.
“The Butonia-Kahage Group is expanding and the takeover of J&J Stern will also allow for many new business opportunities within our other European operations too, enabling us to offer a wider range of products to an ever-increasing worldwide customer base.”
Stern added: “I felt this was an ideal opportunity to move forward with a like-minded company where our products were ideally suited to theirs and increase the customer base and turnover.
“We have been in business for over 107 years and Butonia for over 150 years so there was going to be an enormous amount of expertise to bring to the party and an ideal marriage of two well established companies.”