New Management starting from 1st July 2020
Well-regulated succession in cooperation with ARDEX
Dettelbach/Witten, 10th July 2020: Ardex, the Witten based specialist of innovative building systems takes over the remaining shares of family Knopp within the scope of a well-regulated succession. The Knopp Group of companies is a leading provider of admixtures for floor screed and concrete.
In September 2017, Ardex had already acquired a majority stake in Knopp group, based in Franconian Dettelbach, to further expand the system competence of the Ardex group in flooring solutions. “The so far achieved joined success was for both parts, also in retrospective, a strategically reasonable step in which we see us confirmed today”, explains Mark Eslamlooy, CEO of Ardex group.
After almost three successful years, the managing directors Ellen and Harald Knopp have decided, in close coordination with Ardex, to sell their stakes completely to Ardex and to hand over the management of the company in this connection as planned. “From the beginning, the goal for us, was to hand over the family company in good hands. Even it was not easy for us to withdraw from the business as a family-owned and name given company, we have chosen this moment with care. Due to the trustful and cooperative collaboration with Ardex, we are confident that this solution provides for the Knopp group in Dettelbach, as well as for the employees, a very good perspective. This was always decisive for the us and of course, we will still be aligned to the company”, as Ellen and Harald Knopp explained this step.
New Management Team
With effect from 1st July 2020, Dr Jan Kalkühler was appointed as the new General Manager of Knopp group. With this step, the doctorated construction engineer relocates from Ardex headquarter in Witten to Dettelbach. He inherits more than 20 years’ experience in construction and chemistry business. After national and international steps, among other at Hochtief, Kalkühler was in the last five years working for Ardex group, at least as the head of Key Account Management.
Additionally, the long-time managers Thomas Weißenberg, Dr. Hannes Raue and Wolfgang Schnabel were appointed as registered managers. “We are pleased for being able to compile the Knopp management team from within the Ardex and Knopp groups. In our point of view, this is a positive signal for the employees and a very good base for a successful going concern”, commented Mark Eslamlooy and Harald Knopp together.
Company remains independent
Despite of the complete takeover of all stakes, Knopp Group remains as a separate company within the Ardex Group. The position as a specialist for concrete and flooring screed admixtures will be further strengthened. The focal point of joined activities of Knopp and Ardex will be the system competence. “We still identify significant potential of synergy in the markets between both companies which we will realise with the new management team in the next years. This allows to offer our customers the best solutions worldwide”, explicated the new General Manager of Knopp, Dr Jan Kalkühler.
The Ardex GmbH group is the leading solution and service provider for innovative building products. The family-owned company focuses for more than 70 years on a sustainable growth. Today, the Ardex Group employs more than 3,300 employees with presence in more than 100 countries on all continents and almost area-wide in its’ core market Europe. With its more than ten big brands, Ardex generates worldwide a turnover of more than 820 million Euro.
The Knopp Group of companies, based in Dettelbach, shows for more than 35 years its innovative power. This group of companies with the societies MTC Chemie GmbH, Knopp Chemie GmbH and Knopp Vertriebs GmbH is one of the players in the production of admixtures for concrete, floor screed and special adhesive agents. Knopp is today set for expansion worldwide, with activities in more than 30 countries.