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History

The Frauenthal Group’s origins lie with a porcelain factory founded in Frauental an der Lassnitz, in the Austrian province of Styria.

1921

Engineer Ludwig Neumann founds Erste Österreichische Porzellanfabrik.

1974

The company is sold to the Swedish EUROC Group

1985

Frauenthal begins manufacturing SCR catalysts

1990

A buy-out by the Swedish management results in the takeover of Frauenthal Keramik AG and the formation of the Ceram Group.

1991

Frauenthal Keramik AG lists on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

1996

The Frauenthal Keramik Group merges with Tridelta Technische Keramik GmbH to form the Ceram Holding Group, based in Jena, Germany

1998

FT Holding acquires 75.1% of the Ceram Group

2001

The insulator business is sold to The Riverside Company, an American investment firm.

2002

The Group is reorganised as a holding company for industrial investments – Frauenthal Holding AG – and goes on to acquire the Styria Federn Group.

2003

Frauenthal acquires Finnish spring manufacturer Imatra Steel.

2004

Frauenthal acquires the Linnemann-Schnetzer Group (air reservoirs)

2005

Frauenthal successfully places a bond issue. The Group acquires SHT Haustechnik Beteiligungs AG. Diesel catalyst production starts up at Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal.

2007

Frauenthal is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange prime market.

2009

The truck component business is massively impacted by the economic crisis. Four factories are sold or mothballed.

2010

Production of power station plate catalysts is launched.

2011

successful bond issue over EUR 100m will secure further growth

2012

Sale of the Industrial Honeycombs division to the Japanese group IBIDEN.

2017

In the course of a MBO the two Gnotec production sites Habo and Motala have been sold.

2012

The brands "Linnemann-Schnetzer", "Styria" and "Pol-Necks" merge to "Frauenthal Automotive" as of 1 July 2012.

2012

Acquisition of Worthington Cylinders a.s. (Frauenthal Automotive) and Technopoint Sanitrends spol. s.r.o. and Gama Myjava s.r.o. (SHT group)

2012

Repurchase of 671,043 shares in an off-market buyback programme, and now holds 10% of the share capital.

2013

Acquisition of Gnotec AB, a Swedish manufacturer of metal components used in automotive and industrial applications (2012: revenue EUR 80m, 400 employees)

2014

Acquisition of the Austrian Wholesale Supplier ÖAG AG (Revenue EUR 273m, 714 employees) and Termoreguator AB sheet metal parts producer based in Motala, Sweden

2014

Sale of leaf springs and stabilisers business in Austria, France and Romania to TBC Netherlands

2015

Frauenthal is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange standard market auction.

2016

The plant in Portugal, Frauenthal Automotive Azambuja Unipessoal Lda., is closed.

2017

Acquisition of the German forges in Plettenberg and Rosswein from Mahle GmbH.

2018

Sale of the U-Bolts business in Poland to the American group Hendrickson.

2019

Record EBITDA of MEUR 67.1 achieved (including first-time application of IFRS 16)

2020

Establishment of the Elektromaterial.at brand, making it the first Austrian provider to cover the entire field of building technology

2020

Closure of the Roßwein forging plant in Germany due to COVID 19 crisis

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