Austrian Hŏgl And Lorenz Shoe Group has acquired established German manufacturer Ganter. Ganter, which makes comfort shoes, was insolvent and up for sale.

Most of the employees in the Black Forest factory will be kept on and manufacturing will continue there.

The Hŏgl + Lorenz group also has factories in Croatia and the Czech Republic. It manufactures up to one third of its shoes in Austria or Germany and the rest in Eastern Europe.