Quality and tradition for more than 160 years

Mühlviertel flax farming and the beginnings of Leitner Leinen


Flax has been cultivated in Austria’s Mühlviertel district since the Middle Ages. A linen manufacturing tradition and linen trade developed here over the course of centuries.
So it is no surprise that in 1853, linen trader Franz Leitner acquired a building in Ulrichsberg in the upper Mühlviertel district and, together with local weavers, began producing canvas.
At that time, no one could have foreseen that the company would still be operating successfully in the same place and in the same building more than 160 years later.
The foundations for this longevity, however, were laid back then with diligence, entrepreneurial skill and a deep understanding of linen, a very special material.

Mühlviertel flax farming and the beginnings of Leitner Leinen
Technical innovations and the industrial revolution

Technical innovations and the industrial revolution


Old knowledge was passed down and cleverly combined with innovation. For example, a mechanical mangle was purchased in 1910, which plated the voluminous linen to create a smooth, glossy finish. This box mangle was a complicated mechanism containing a winding chair and several rollers, and had to be operated mechanically.
For a long, long time, craftsmanship remained very traditional until industrial progress reached the Mühlviertel at the beginning of the 20th century.
Leitner Leinen once again made the right decision and acquired 24 modern, diesel-powered looms. A new weaving hall was built for them.
The linen trade flourished, not least thanks to the new technical equipment.

Industrialisation kept progressing and both the looms and the mangle were electrified. Another successful investment was the purchase of a calendar, a multi-layer industrial mangle. Our location proved to be an advantage, as the many local traditionally trained weavers could be retrained in the new production techniques. This meant there was no shortage in staff and production could continue to operate successfully.

Development over stagnation


In the mid-20th century, Adolf Leitner Jr. was the third generation to take over the family business.
His first step was expanding the weaving business and switching production to looms made by the Swiss family-run company Sauer.
In the 1960s, a sizing machine was added to the facility, and the first structural changes in the Mühlviertel became noticeable. The linen trade gradually lost its significance as a pillar of industry.

Development over stagnation
Jacquard weaving and piqué

Jacquard weaving and piqué


A big new air-conditioned weaving hall was built for the 32 looms in 1974. Leitner Leinen also began jacquard weaving, for which four special jacquard looms were purchased. These enabled the company to produce elaborate linen patterns. Over the years, Leitner Leinen has constantly developed new patterns that showcase the uniqueness of our collections to this day.
In 1986, Friedrich Leitner became the fifth generation to take over Leitner Leinen. With a keen sense of tradition and entrepreneurial skill, he expanded the range to include a piqué collection, set up his own hall to manufacture products in-house and thus paved the way for the future. The customer base was now no longer only businesses but also end consumers.

Modernisation and accolades


Again and again, Leitner Leinen has managed to perform a balancing act between tradition and modernity. It was one of the first companies to introduce the continuous improvement process, or CIP. This method aims to strengthen competitiveness with steady improvements made in small steps.
Friedrich Leitner skilfully expanded our range with a new bed and table linen collection and purchased a jacquard loom with a woven width of 280 cm for its production.
The quality of our products didn’t go unnoticed. In 1998, Leitner Leinen received the Österreichische Textilzeitung’s ("Austrian Textile Magazine") Salzburger Prize, one of the most renowned textile awards in Austria.
The purchase of a new weaving machine at the start of the new millennium made it possible to produce linen terry towels, thus further expanding our range.

Modernisation and accolades
Production was also continuously modernised with cutting edge technology. The old weaving buildings were renovated and now beam in their restored beauty.
In 2009 Leitner Leinen was the first company to receive the "Textile Company of the Year" award.
The production of new upholstery fabrics made of pure linen began in 2010 thanks to the use of special, robust yarns.
Jakob Leitner became the sixth generation to take over the company in 2015.
The technological advances continued in 2018 with the installation of a new warping machine.
The road to the future

The road to the future


A lot has certainly happened since our founding in 1853; technical development has brought with it considerable opportunities and Leitner Leinen has been quick to take advantage of these.
Our connection to our region, family ideals and the love of our high-quality products have remained at the heart of everything we do.
Together with our strong team of dedicated employees, Leitner Leinen continues to focus on the important link between tradition and quality.

Friedrich Leitner

Linen is symbolic of the tradition held dear by our family and our company.

Friedrich Leitner

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