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Monday, December 25, 2017 - 02:25 PM UTC
German manufacturer of Infinity and Evolution airbrushes, among others, has informed that the company has been purchased by Anest Iwata Corporation.
This is the press release from Harder & Steenbeck:

During the last 21 years, Jens Matthiessen has built a small German company into the world leader in airbrush technology and performance that Harder & Steenbeck is today. Now, with his desire to move into the next stage of his life, Mr. Matthiessen has found the ideal partner who truly understands the philosophy of excellence, and serving the creativity of the customer. In January 2017, the ANEST IWATA Group purchased the Harder & Steenbeck company. Both have recently celebrated their 90 year anniversaries, and each has a deep respect and understanding of the other’s heritage.

Please be assured that nothing changes for you as our customer. H&S Airbrushes will continue to be manufactured at our headquarters in Norderstedt, Germany. Our company is proud to call our products “Made in Germany” and will continue to develop Harder & Steenbeck products to our high-quality standards even further. We invite you to enjoy the growth and innovations with us that will result from this new partnership, as we remain committed to you, our loyal customer and dealer network, to the Harder & Steenbeck brand, and your success with it.

“I am confident,” Mr. Matthiessen says, “that I have made the right decision in choosing ANEST IWATA to continue my life’s work – my passion – while remaining true to the Harder & Steenbeck way. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for all of you who have contributed significantly on this remarkable journey and wish you continued success in this new and exciting phase with Harder & Steenbeck.”
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this is old news announced in November by H&S.
DEC 25, 2017 - 03:11 PM
looks like this deal was sealed 1 year ago (january 2017)
DEC 25, 2017 - 06:47 PM
I have used both and, in my opinion, H&S is the better airbrush. I hope nothing changes.
DEC 26, 2017 - 09:22 PM
It seams like a good match for a Iwata, should be good for H&S. As a long time Iwata guy, I have never used an H$S. Why do you like it better?
DEC 26, 2017 - 09:35 PM
If I might chime in here...all things being equal in terms of "how" a good airbrush should work, there is precious little between the 2 to choose from. I've been "brushin" since 1970 and presently teach it to the members of our local IPMS club, as well as general public who come to my classes at the local art store. Fit of parts, QC of the materials used, and general operation seem to be a touch better than Iwata...IMHO. Both are easy to use and perform all tasks with ease and perfection. Where this gets hazy is when you set up a situation where an experienced user grabs a "so-so" brush and can get a great paint job on a kit, and a "newbie" has a $300 brush and gets a sloppy finish. As one gentleman put it..."it's just a tool"...!And we all know, or SHOULD know, that a tool is only as good as the know-how of the person holding it. You can't learn airbrushing from scratch overnite. When it comes time to purchase a brush, there are a lot of things folks look at to make their decision. The MOST often reason for that decision...is cost...nuff said...! thehermit
DEC 27, 2017 - 06:07 AM
Should be good news with a company as large & reputable as Iwawta. H&S survives under new management rather than disappearing into the night like so many others; this means parts and support for owners of these brushes.
DEC 27, 2017 - 09:02 AM
It is precise piece of German engineering (both in fit and use). I sold my Iwata and bought an Infinity. I absolutely love this airbrush. It is very easy to disassemble and clean. The only problem I had with it was getting thinner to paint ratio. The Infinity requires a lot higher thinner to paint ratio. With this airbrush I am fearless in Luftwaffe mottling, spaghetti camo, etc. If your happy with Iwata stick with it. There is nothing wrong with Iwata. If you do get a chance to try the Infinity, do it. You will not be disappointed.
DEC 27, 2017 - 11:38 PM
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