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‘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 Shape of Water

Kludi GmbH & Co. KG - founded in 1926 in the Sauerland region of Germany - stands for almost 100 years of experience in the development and manufacture of high-quality fittings for bathrooms and kitchens. This tradition as a fittings specialist has given rise to the claim that Kludi products combine excellent "German quality", maximum functionality, innovative technologies and first-class design in a unique way. Time and again, Kludi has given important impetus to developments in the bathroom and kitchen with pioneering solutions. Around 170 inventions and over 100 patents can be attributed to the medium-sized company with headquarters in Menden - as well as numerous renowned design and innovation awards. Among other things, Kludi was named one of the "TOP 100 Innovators" in the German SME sector in 2022.

The Kludi family includes around 750 employees in sales and production companies in Europe and Asia. In addition to the fully integrated main plant in Menden, Kludi manufactures its fittings in Hornstein/Austria and Diósd/Hungary as well as in Ras Al Khaimah/United Arab Emirates. From there, they are exported to over 100 countries. Kludi has been part of the RAK Ceramics Group since 2022.

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