John Artis Limited has announced the acquisition of 70% of its share equity by German porcelain manufacturer, BHS Tabletop AG.
Based in Chessington, Artis is well known for its out-of-home table and barware collection and has been established for more than 70 years. Originally founded by John Artis Snr in 1945, the company is now run by his son, John Artis Jr as managing director, with further equity held by several fellow directors.
This new development will see the company collaborate with BHS Tabletop AG, a leader in the manufacture of porcelain for the hospitality industry, strengthening the Artis portfolio and giving the company access to two of BHS Tabletop’s leading brands, Bauscher and Tafelstern.
The day-to-day management of Artis remains unchanged, with directors and staff maintaining their existing roles, but welcoming the additional management expertise from BHS tabletop AG.
John Artis commented: “We are thrilled to welcome BHS tabletop AG as equity partners. Our objective, as always, is to provide a range of products and a level of service and continuity to the hospitality and foodservice sectors in the UK and Ireland that is second to none. This exciting move will help us achieve that and more. From a personal perspective, I wanted to pass the company, which is my life’s work, into strong and capable hands. My fellow shareholders and I are looking forward to driving the next phase of growth for Artis in harmony with BHS tabletop AG.”