In 2014, Erik Kübler used Losberger De Boer canvas to save lives.

This is his story.




“Before I started working at Losberger De Boer, I was a tailor. I made women’s clothes by hand, mostly wedding clothes. After a while, I switched to the leather industry. I enjoyed it, because I was a trained tailor. But when we wanted to start a family, I knew that the time had come to look elsewhere, as the wages were low in the leather industry. So I switched from working with leather, to working with canvas at Losberger De Boer. That was 21 years ago.


One of the most exciting projects I was working on came in 2014, during the Ebola crisis. We were called upon by Lufthansa, which was working for the German government. They were transforming an Airbus 340 into a flying hospital, to bring back aid workers who were infected, so they needed a way to put everyone in quarantine.


Lufthansa needed a solution right away and none of our engineers was available. So I designed the tents myself, using just my experience, a ruler, pen and a piece of paper. Designing it was difficult and it needed to be done fast. It was just a rudimentary drawing, freehanded on a piece of paper. The seats were taken out of the plane, so we decided to attach the tents to the rail system. We then cut the canvas parts, made preparations, threw everything in a van and drove to Hamburg straight away to install everything ourselves, with help from the people at Lufthansa.


The first quarantine tent was used to let people change their clothes, the second was used as a cleaning section. In the third section, people received immediate medical care, like in a normal hospital.


It was great to see that our construction survived the high pressure testflight. Lufthansa approved the technology and the government rented the plane for a year. They carried out many hospital flights with it and the plane even made the news. Needless to say I am very proud of this. To me, this was very special.


After 21 years, I am still happy to work at Losberger De Boer. At the moment, I am responsible for quality control. In 2015, my department was closed and moved to Brumath. The last years, I have been coaching people on location in Hungary, France and Germany. It’s great to see how well they’re doing."