VEB Spinnerei und Weberei Ebersbach

Built: 1904

Abandoned: 1996

Visited: 2016

Ebersbach, Germany

In 1868 industrialist Hermann Wünsche started a textile factory in a small German city close to the Czech border. In the following years new factories were build and other factories were bought. To modernize the production they built this big plant in 1904. In 1910, the company had 2439 employees, 40,000 spindles and 2200 looms in six factories.


During the Second World War the machines were moved and the factory was used to produce aircraft parts for the German Army. In 1946 the textile production started again under the name VEB Spinnerei und Weberei Ebersbach. In 1969 followed the merger with two other companies to VEB Buntspecht. Later, after more merges, it was renamed VEB Lautex, a collaboration of most textile mills in the region.


As one of the largest mills there were constant investment in new equipment. It was the first factory in East Germany producing jeans fabric in 1977. In 1990 production could no longer be held in the old buildings. During February 1991 the spinning machines stopped, after 86 years it was suddenly very quiet in the halls.

Since 1993 a company named Colour-Denim used the factory plant to continue the jeans fabric production. At the end there were 80 employees working in production. But also these machines went silent. The inventory was packed and sold to Asia in 1996, leaving the buildings empty and abandoned.

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