About Knauf

Knauf is synonymous with a type of corporate culture which has become rare. Knauf is a family name and a corporate group of global dimensions.

As one of the leading suppliers of gypsum-based building materials in the UK, we are dedicated to continuous product innovation and we provide a full range of products and systems for walls, floors and ceilings. We also offer expert technical support for multi-million pound construction projects.

We are committed to the Knauf Group values. Each word captures the essence of what it means to be part of the global Knauf team:

– Menschlichkeit (humanity)
– Partnership
– Commitment
– Entrepreneurship

Knauf Timeline

1932
It all started in 1932, when two brothers and mining engineers Alfons and Karl Knauf secured the mining rights to gypsum deposits in the Schengen community (Obermosel) in Germany. The project was quickly crowned with success: by 1933 Knauf’s first gypsum factory was established in Perl (Moselle), Germany – and this factory is still the nucleus of production technology for the worldwide Knauf Group.

1949
The founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 was also a time of new beginnings for Knauf – coinciding with a milestone in the company’s history as the company relocated from Perl to Iphofen in northern Bavaria

1958
Iphofen and leadership in innovation
In Iphofen growth of the family company as an innovative partner in the building materials industry accelerated. For example, Knauf created completely new construction methods with the production of fully new gypsum boards in 1958.

1978
In 1978, Knauf laid the cornerstone for its insulation materials division, an area that is still very important today: Knauf took over a production facility for glass wool insulation material in Shelbyville (USA)

1980
At the beginning of the 1980’s, another significant change was on the way: Nikolaus and Baldwin Knauf, sons of the founders, took over management of the Group – and, with their consequent continuation and implementation of the company’s philosophy, had a significant share in Knauf’s growth.

1988
Constructed in 1988, the Sittingbourne Plasterboard plant was brought on line from a green field site in less than twelve months. It is currently one of the fastest running production lines in Europe and has become a model for a new generation of Plasterboard Plants for the Knauf group.

1990
Following the success of the Sittingbourne Plant, construction on a second UK Plasterboard manufacturing facility commenced in 1990. Based on the banks of the River Humber, the Immingham plasterboard plant services the North of England, Scotland and the Irish market.

2000s
Knauf now has 150 production facilities and sales organisations in over 60 countries, 26,000 employees worldwide, and sales of 6.3 billion.
Knauf UK extended its product portfolio into Floors, Exterior Renders & Facades. It also introduced innovations into the market such as Designboard products and ready-mixed spray plaster.

2018
Knauf Clerkenwell is open.

Why Clerkenwell?

Clerkenwell is a hub for design innovation and progressive architecture. It is the largest concentration of practices, showrooms and support services in the UK. Knauf is actively moving into the concept design phase of the project process.

Imagine – a bespoke same day service to the community where your perception is challenged and you can truly discover the possibilities of Knauf products and systems.

Knauf Clerkenwell is a destination for inspiration, learning and collaborative working with the Architect & Design community. The opportunity to talk through a project or design, and being provided a solution even before plans are drawn up.