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The Knauf Group

The Knauf Group

Knauf is a family name and a corporate group of global dimensions.

At the same time, Knauf is synonymous with a type of corporate culture which has become rare. Knauf is a typical family firm in spite of its size and this is precisely the reason for its amazing success. It is the short and direct decision-making paths, the courage to tackle new ideas, innovations, investments and the wealth of ideas contributed by all Knauf employees that characterises the company.

Knauf was founded in 1932 by the brothers Karl and Dr. Alfons N. Knauf. Today, managing partners Manfred Grundke and Alexander Knauf steer the success of the corporations’ numerous enterprises in co-ordination with family members Nikolaus and Baldwin Knauf (chairman and vice-chairman of the shareholders’ committee).

From its beginnings in gypsum processing along the Saar and Main rivers, Knauf has expanded and diversified to become a corporation with worldwide activities, delivering products and services in the following fields:

  • Building materials and systems based on gypsum and gypsum-related products
  • Thermal insulating and sound insulation materials
  • Limestone and lime products
  • Chalk and cement related products
  • Plant engineering

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