In 1925, Josef Bauer founded a leather processing small factory in Klein-Auheim, near Frankfurt/Main. Josef Bauer quickly became a well-known manufacturer. More than one hundred employees worked in the production.

The chaos of World War II interrupted the business for a short time. The buildings in Hanau were exempted from bomb attacks. The entrepreneurial vision of Josef Bauer was directed to the distribution of tissues and later on focused on the sales and distribution of fabrics.

In 1961, Heribert Nickel, the son-in-law of the company founder, took over the management of Josef Bauer linings. Heribert Nickel continued to steadily lead the growth of the company. They sought cooperation with the European market leaders and therefore won a leading position in the market segment of the industrial linings.

In the third generation today, Peter Nickel, Heribert Nickel’s son, leads BAUER- TEXTIL industrial fabrics and synthetic materials.

With Peter Nickel’s management takeover, an important shift has been initiated towards new business areas, the result being that more and more new tissue products were added to the already very important industrial linings business.

In this way, the third generation continues to lead a traditional textile business into the next opportunities and challenges.