The German based textile specialist Ploucquet Group is re-buying the remaining 25 per cent of shares in Sympatex Technologies GmbH from the UK's Porvair Group.

The Heidenheim-based Ploucquet Group has been the majority owner of Sympatex since 2001, with 75 per cent of the shares. Sympatex makes lightweight, waterproof, breathable garment membranes.

Financial details of the new agreement were not disclosed.

The Ploucquet Group says further development of both domestic and international markets is intended, with the Sympatex brand playing a decisive role.

Plans include a worldwide service supply network, which is being extended in co-operation with Voack (Austria) and three Asian partners. Results are already being seen, with significant growth in the USA and the establishment of a Sympatex organisation in the Chinese market.

Iain Gourlay, general manager for Sympatex in the UK, commented: "This is a hugely positive step forward for Sympatex; centralisation of the ownership of Sympatex removes some of the administration and the associated problems, therefore allowing Sympatex the ability to maximise its ambitious development plans."