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"Departure into a new era"

Harald Hotop appointed Managing director of Sauerland-based fittings specialist Kludi

Harald Hotop has been appointed Managing director of Kludi, the fittings specialist from the Sauerland region, with effect from the 1st of November 2023. The 48-years-old is moving from Cologne-based Megabad GmbH, where he has been Managing Director since 2019, to the fittings manufacturer headquartered in Menden. He will form the management team there together with Frank Holtmann-Wibberich and Can Yildirim, who has also been appointed Managing Director as of 1 November 2023.

With his many years of experience both in the sanitary industry and in specialist wholesaling, Harald Hotop is the ideal addition to the management team to continue to drive forward the transformation of Kludi together with Frank Holtmann-Wibberich and Can Yildirim," emphasises Abdallah Massaad, Group CEO of RAK Ceramics, to which Kludi has belonged since 2022. With his profound knowledge of the market and the industry, Harald Hotop is ideally placed to establish Kludi as a reliable and predictable market partner in the long term. "This is the basis for embarking on a new era with Kludi and jointly developing the company into a leading premium brand in the sanitary industry," says Abdallah Massaad.

Dedicated growth strategy

The systematic further development of Kludi and the planned expansion of its market position are in line with the growth strategy of the RAK Ceramics Group. It is aimed at strengthening the company's presence in its core markets and concentrating on core products. Kludi plays an important role in this, as it gives RAK Ceramics the opportunity to drive forward its expansion into European markets and strengthen its own position in projects across the entire sanitaryware and fittings business.

Great potential

After initial professional positions in international consulting companies, Harald Hotop worked in various functions for Ideal Standard before joining the management of Megabad. "I am very much looking forward to the exciting and responsible task of successfully advancing the initiated transformation of the company and the Kludi brand together with all employees," explains Harald Hotop. "If we all work together, I see very great potential for Kludi to become one of the most important and innovative players in the bathroom industry in Europe in the medium term with the support of our shareholder.”

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.