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of companies

We operate from strategically located facilities in over 60 countries, in Europe, the USA, South America, Russia, Asia, Africa, and Australia.


Today Knauf is an international group of companies.

Today Knauf is an international group of companies that form one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction materials such as: plasters, drylining systems, thermal insulation composite systems, paints, floor screed and floor systems.

Complementing its the success in the construction market, Knauf Group has continued its development in the plastics business under the brand name KNAUF Industries. We quickly became the number one worldwide EPS solution supplier and a significant business player in auxiliary foam products and injection molded components among others for the automotive industry.

KNAUF Group operates strategically located facilities in over 60 countries, in Europe, the USA, South America, Russia, Asia, Africa, and Australia. With 150 state-of-the-art production facilities and sales organisations, 26,000 employees worldwide, and sales of 6.5 billion Euro (in 2015), the KNAUF Group is a premier supplier in a variety of markets serving the needs of many large global manufacturing companies. Among them, OEMs and Tier 1 clients in the automobile industry are one of the main axis of our business development strategy.



  • 1932

    Our history dates back to 1932 when a family business of gipsum extraction was founded by two brothers Karl and Alfons Knauf. The headquarters of the company was established in Iphofen (Germany).

  • 1958

    The year 1958 was a milestone in our development as the 1st industrial production of plaster boards was successfully launched.

  • 1984

    In 1984 Knauf entered into the French market under the name of Knauf La Rhénane and in 1986 the growth continued with the creation of KNAUF Industries division.

  • Now

    Our business diversified towards plastics based products for the fast-growing automotive industry.

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Differences do make a difference

Unique to Knauf, our values – Menschlichkeit, partnership, commitment and entrepreneurship – have been the foundation of our success over the last 80 years, and they drive our success in the automotive industry.


  • Menschlichkeit

    Differences do make a difference

    We see both our business partners and stakeholders as part of a big family where traditional principles of integrity and humanity still count. By treating each other fairly and by embracing diversity, together we act with social responsibility.

  • Menschlichkeit

    Blend in and stand out

    We work with our suppliers and our automotive clients to create an environment of mutual trust. We are one team striving for success and a loyal and reliable partner on all levels of cooperation.

  • Menschlichkeit

    Try one more time

    We are committed to our work taking pride and pleasure in what we do. We always go the extra mile, achieve sustainable results and provide our automotive customers with high quality solutions.

  • Menschlichkeit

    Quitting is not an option

    Through entrepreneurial style and a willingness to take risks, we have successfully grown from a small family company into a family-owned, globally active organization. Our continued success is driven by a spirit of pioneering, innovation and change combined with a pragmatic and results-oriented approach which has been held in high regard by the automotive industry.

Knauf Industries and the automobile industry

For the last 20 years now, we’ve been supplying our automotive solutions to many of the biggest OEM’s and Tier 1’s in the world

Our dedicated automotive teams through design, engineering and manufacturing excellence strive to improve your performance, whatever the part, module, component, sub component or packaging solution you need.

Accredited to ISO IATF 16949 our manufacturing plants located in 8 countries flexibly adapt their capacities to our automotive customers’ needs and requirements.

We constantly focus on your business, helping you to: optimize costs while increasing the value of your products for supporting your developments and international growth.

Knauf Industries solutions

If you are looking for products made from expanded polystyrene, expanded polypropylene or other plastics you have found the right place.

Our company is a member of the international family of Knauf Group companies, which guarantees both the innovation and safety of those products offered. We manufacture a broad range of solutions from a variety of plastics for different industries. Our specialist area are foam products and rigid plastic components.

We excel in the manufacturing of:                  

  • Expanded polystyrene packaging and parts (EPS)
  • Expanded polypropylene packaging and parts (EPP)
  • Injection moulded products (PS, PP, PE, PC, ABS, PC/ABS)

Our products are used in a wide range of industries. The majority of them are chosen by entrepreneurs from

  • Automotive industry
  • Household appliances / electronics industry
  • Food industry
  • Construction industry

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Our Clients

For the last 20 years now we’ve been supplying our automotive solutions to many of the biggest OEM’s and Tier 1’s in the world

  • Abrera - Automotive industry
  • ADIENT - Automotive industry
  • Adler - Automotive industry
  • Audi - Automotive industry
  • Auria - Automotive industry
  • Autoneum - Automotive industry
  • CIE Automotive - Automotive industry
  • Coplac - Automotive industry
  • Dacia - Automotive industry
  • Flexngate - Automotive industry
  • Forvia - Automotive industry
  • Harman - Automotive industry
  • HPE - Automotive industry
  • Hyundai - Automotive industry
  • Mercedes Benz - Automotive industry
  • Nissan - Automotive industry
  • Nissho - Automotive industry
  • PSA - Automotive industry
  • Renault - Automotive industry
  • Seat - Automotive industry
  • Seoyon - Automotive industry
  • SMRC - Automotive industry
  • SRG Global - Automotive industry
  • Stellantis - Automotive industry
  • Toyota - Automotive industry
  • VW Navarra - Automotive industry

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