‘A new chapter in the company's history’
Acquisition of Sauerland-based fittings specialist Kludi by RAK Ceramics completed
After the responsible regulatory authorities have approved the sale of the Kludi Group (www.kludi.com) to RAK Ceramics, the takeover of the Sauerland-based fittings specialist becomes legally effective as of today. RAK Ceramics, a leading supplier of ceramic lifestyle solutions based in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the world's top five ceramic manufacturers. The listed company from Ras Al Khaimah had contractually agreed the purchase with Kludi's previous owner, Franz Scheffer, in mid-March.
‘This is a new and promising chapter in our company's almost 100-year history,’ explains Julian Henco, Chairman of the Management Board of Kludi GmbH & Co. KG. ‘The cooperation with RAK Ceramics is an important precondition for Kludi to continue on the growth path we have embarked on with the comprehensive repositioning of our brand, sales and manufacturing strategy.’ To this end, the two companies have formed joint working groups with equal representation to define possible areas of cooperation - for example in market development. The Kludi CEO announced that the medium-sized company will continue to systematically invest in the modernization and digitalization of its production and logistics. ‘We receive full support in this regard from our strategic partner RAK Ceramics,’ said Julian Henco.
Kludi – The Sauerland-based fittings specialist
Kludi GmbH & Co. KG, a family business founded in Germany’s Sauerland region in 1926, represents almost 100 years of experience in the development and manufacture of high-quality bathroom and kitchen fittings. As a long-established fittings specialist, we are committed to producing products that combine outstanding ‘Made in Germany’ manufacturing quality, maximum functionality, innovative technologies and top-class design in a unique way. Kludi has never ceased to drive product development within the bathroom and kitchen sectors with its groundbreaking solutions. The Menden-based SME has some 170 inventions and 100 patents to its name, as well as numerous prestigious design and innovation awards. In 2022, Kludi was named one of the TOP 100 Innovators in the German SME sector.
Kludi is committed to responsible sales. Forming mutually respectful commercial relationships, Kludi is a reliable partner in the HVAC and skilled trade industries, working in association with these customers to develop solutions that make their working days significantly easier and ensure their future sustainability. These solutions include particularly installation-friendly products, a focused, clearly organised bathroom and kitchen portfolio, and innovative solutions that improve the efficiency of business processes.
The Kludi Group employs around 900 people in its sales and production companies, located in eleven different countries across Europe and Asia. Kludi fittings are manufactured in the company’s fully integrated main manufacturing site in Menden, as well as in Hornstein (Austria), Diósd (Hungary) and Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates). From here, they are exported to over 100 different countries around the world. Kludi has been part of the RAK Ceramics Group since 2022.
You can find out more about Kludi, the Sauerland-based fittings specialist, at www.kludi.com