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Published on Apr 10, 2012
*As of March 31st 2012 "Fondations Capital" has completed the acquisition of Buffet Group Wind Instruments.
Buffet Group is the second largest wind instrument producer and distributor in the world. Based in mantes-la-Ville, the group's history dates back to 1789 (first Antoine Courtois trumpet) and 1825 (first Buffet Crampon clarinet manufactured in Paris). Buffet Crampon, the iconic brand of the Group, is the worldwide leading manufacturer of professional clarinets.
Through its five prestigious brands (Buffet Crampon, Besson, Courtois, Schreiber and Julius Keilwerth), the group operates in the field of wood music instruments (clarinets, bass clarinets, oboes, bassoons and saxophones) and brass instruments (tubas, euphoniums, saxhorns, trumpets, cornets, altos, bugles and trombones). The group benefits from a unique from a unique production know-how in its French and German production sites. Through its global own distribution network, with subsidiaries in the United States, (Jacksonville, Florida), Japan, Germany and China, the group generates 93% of its revenues outside of France. Buffet Group generated 67 million euros of revenues in 2011 with 570 employees.