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Making HR fit for the future

Andreas Knapp to join Kludi as Head of Corporate Culture & Human Resources

Andreas Knapp (49) will join the German fittings specialist Kludi ( on 1 August 2022 from the Wickeder Group. Knapp was born in Dortmund and studied law and political science. He will assume the newly created position of Head of Corporate Culture & Human Resources at the premium brand for bathroom and kitchen fittings. He will therefore be responsible for HR strategy and management at the Kludi Group both in Germany and at the company’s international sites. His tasks will also include continuing the development of culture at the business, which has grown over the course of almost a century. “Thanks to his experience at internationally active manufacturers, Andreas Knapp is perfect for this role”, says Julian Henco, CEO of the Kludi Group. He knows the metal processing industry inside out and has a deep understanding of the needs of the people who work there.” For Kludi, the newly created role marks the beginning of a strategic expansion of the management team to secure its future competitiveness.

Winning the battle for skilled workers

Kludi is planning further additions to its HR department with two new positions. With these additions, Kludi is responding to the challenges posed by the growing lack of skilled workers. “Following the acquisition by RAK Ceramics, we are now part of a globally active, multicultural group”, explains Henco. “This is important for the Kludi brand, as it allows us to both remain true to our roots and tradition while also become smarter, more diverse and more cosmopolitan. Several measures are already being prepared that will reinforce our positioning on the international market.” These could also help make the company more attractive as an employer, particularly to young people in the region.

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