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ONE HISTORY.
ONE TEAM.
ONE FUTURE.

A success story that’s 100 years in the making. An international team with over 28,000 employees. And a future that we can create together – Carl Kaefer couldn’t have imagined any of this in his wildest dreams. Today, we look back not just on a fascinating history, but also towards an exciting future full of innovation, ideas and engaged people. Because they are the ones that make KAEFER into something special.

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In the beginning
was the peat
1920-1929
Exploring new avenues
in insulation
1930-1939
Between the worldwide
economic crisis and war
1940-1949
From ships to
industrial plants
1950-1959
Innovations power the
economic miracle
1960-1969
Success
“made in Germany”
1970-1979
Higher, faster, further – inspired
by the Olympic Spirit
1980-1989
From Bremen
to the world
1990-1999
Specialists for
true extremes
2000-2009
Global presence,
local strength
2010-TODAY
Shaping tomorrow with
today’s innovations
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In the beginning
was the peat
At the beginning of the 20th century, the businessman Carl Kaefer, who was born in 1877, began to understand the excellent insulation characteristics of peat whilst working in peat processing. This led to the foundation of the company we have come to know as KAEFER in 1918 together with his partner Robert Berman. Kaefer’s idea: insulating the cooling areas in ships with peat.
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The idea of using peat for insulation inspired Carl Kaefer 1918 to found our company

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1918 Establishment

"In the wide-open landscape of Poggenmoor…“

Workers cutting peat, postcard 1911

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Exploring
new avenues
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It was a simple entry into the commercial register of the city of Bremen in 1920 that gave the company its first official name: Ingenieurbüro Carl Kaefer & Co. In the middle of the 20s, KAEFER won its first major contracts with shipyards in Bremen. Innovative insulation technology contributes to KAEFER’s growing reputation as an expert for insulation. Despite the economic crisis and rising inflation, KAEFER manages to thrive by focussing on the insulation of ships and, for the first time, the cold stores of buildings.
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January 1920: entry of ‘Ingenieurbüro Carl Kaefer & Co.’ into the commercial register in Bremen. Heinrich Carl Lambert Kaefer and Robert Berman are managing partner

Unterschrift von Carl Kaefer

Official entry in the commercial register, 1920

First major contracts for insulation work on ships. Five insulation fitters are hired, and the first truck is purchased

KAEFER grows and employs 15 skilled workers in 1923

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At times there are around 300 KAEFER fitters working at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in 1926 and construct the “Europa” for the northern German Lloyd as well as the “Bremen” for AG Weser – both the most modern turbine passenger ships in the world

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1926 full-time contract

„Work was only available when orders came in.“

As remembered by Erich Westphal

The proud team in front of KAEFER’s first truck

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The first branch in Wesermünde-Geestemünde is entered into the commercial register in Hamburg 1928

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worldwide
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German industry is in the middle of a crisis. But the most difficult times still lie ahead for KAEFER. The two founders of the company decide that Robert Berman, a Jewish businessman, should leave to avoid losing contracts as a result of the national socialists taking power. He takes on the role of a consultant until 1938 and leaves KAEFER just before the start of the war. Health problems mean that Carl Kaefer needs to look for a successor.
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The effects of the economic crisis don’t pass the young Carl Kaefer & Co. company by. The branch in Wesermünde is closed again in March 1930

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1930 „For your wife“

„Carl Kaefer could be very charming.“

As remembered by Robert Renken


Robert Berman leaves the company in 1933 because of his Jewish heritage. Berman and Kaefer delay the sale of his share of the business until 1936. Robert Berman retains a consulting role at the company

Carl Kaefer with other Bremen merchants

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1933 Friendship

“I am reluctant to see my friend depart…”

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The first apprentice begins his training 1935 at KAEFER
KAEFER employs 60 fitters on average

In 1936, the company employs 70 people


70 percent of total turnover in 1936 is in insulation, fitting and in stone and woodwork. 30 percent is made with the trade in insulation materials

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As part of his search for a successor, Carl Kaefer meets Heinz Peter Koch in 1938, who works as an executive assistant and technical merchant at Siemens in Berlin

Payroll book, 1938

Employee insurance card, 1939


The beginning of the war 1939 sees an increase in defence spending in the Third Reich. KAEFER works on marine jobs and continues to develop insulation mats

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From ships to
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To be able to fulfil orders directly on site, ‘Carl Kaefer & Co.’ maintains workshops in German shipyards from 1940 onwards. And just as orders start to increase, Heinz Peter Koch becomes head of the company. Carl Kaefer dies in 1944 and doesn’t experience the destruction of the branches in Hamburg and Bremerhaven. At the end of the war, the Allies prohibit shipbuilding and KAEFER concentrates on industrial and cold store insulation.
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New branches are established in Emden, Oldenburg and Elberfeld in 1940 and workshops are set up in Swinemünde and Grevesmühle

Carl Kaefer and Heinz Peter Koch enter into a partnership agreement on the 28th June 1941. The company is converted to a limited partnership

1942 sees the establishment of a KAEFER provident fund to protect employees. Shares of the limited partners profits maintain the fund. Employees are not required to contribute

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‘Carl Kaefer & Co.’ works in aircraft construction at Weser-Flugzeugbau in 1944


Carl Kaefer dies on the 11th April 1944 in Rotenburg/Hanover after a long illness. His widow Wilhelmine is his heiress


In 1944, 177 people work at ‘Carl Kaefer & Co.’ on average


The branches in Hamburg and Bremerhaven are being destroyed in 1945


1945, towards the end of the war, only around 80 people work for the company as many were drafted into the military. Heinz Peter Koch was also drafted and is captured in the Netherlands. He is then released on the 19th of October. In the winter of 1945, approximately 15 employees restart work in a temporary office in Bremen

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1945 New start

„Then they return as released prisoners of war…“

As remembered by Heike Ernst

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1945 Stealing coal

„Could anyone sort anything out?“

As remembered by Edith Ader


Material shortages dominate in the years after the war

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KAEFER celebrates its 30-year anniversary on 1st October 1948 in Bremen at the “Erwin Malorny” restaurant with Wilhelmine Kaefer and the company’s employees. This will later become the site of the insulation mat workshop for the Bremen branch


First trials with insulation cladding take place in 1948

Industrial insulation work in the 1940s

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1948 Without pay

„I remember how we were without pay for just one week…“

As remembered by Erika Tiedemann

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Innovations power
the “economic
miracle”
The effects of the boom can be felt everywhere and KAEFER manages not just to land its first contract in the oil industry but also to register several patents for insulation systems on cooling ships. That makes KAEFER the first point of call when it comes to seawater-resistant insulation solutions. At the same time, KAEFER specialises in cladding work as well as metal cladding for pipe insulation – an important step towards the future!
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First contract in the oil industry 1950: major cladding work is done at the new Mobil Oil refinery in Bremen Oslebshausen. These are prefabricated at the KAEFER workshop

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1950 Sheet metal premiere

„Mr. Koch spotted the trend ahead of time.“

As remembered by Folkert Oldenburger


Robert Berman’s son, Emil Berman’s compensation claims are settled on 25th September 1951

Employees of the mattress workshop in Bremen


In 1951, KAEFER brings a patented, weather-independent insulation system made from hard foam with seawater-resistant aluminium covers as an inner cladding to the market

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The German fishing and merchant fleet is built up in 1954. KAEFER offers insulation for refrigerated vessels. Further patents are filed

In 1956, KAEFER moves to Pillauer Straße/Getreidestraße in Bremen, where the company is located to this day

Blue and white-collar workers are competing in the “Soccer Championship” in 1955 (Heinz Peter Koch, 2nd from left in upper row)

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1956 “Wild carriage”

„Renken’s homemade potato fritters were particularly popular.“

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KAEFER registers a patent for “metal cladding for pipe insulation” in 1957

Polyurethane foam is processed as of 1959 at KAEFER and used as insulation

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Success
„MADE IN GERMANY„
KAEFER grows. An increased dedication to industry and building construction as well as an expansion of activity in acoustics and industrial sound insulation requires many qualified employees. Services now offered include heat, cold, sound and fire protection for refineries, chemical processing plants, power stations, industrial and residential construction, breweries, dairy plants and food and fish processing facilities.
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Entrance branch office Bremen, 1961


For the first time, KAEFER employs over 1,000 people in 1961

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Major contract at the Esso refinery in Cresier, Switzerland. In 1964, KAEFER benefits from international recognition and attention as a result of the seamless execution of the project

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1960's Industrial insulation

“Before we started with industrial insulation, we just worked in ship construction.“

As remembered by Arno Recknagel

Heinz-Peter Koch dies aged 57 in 1965. His wife Annelotte takes over the running of the company with sons Hubert and Ralf in 1966

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Central administration and the branch office are divided from one another in Bremen 1967

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1968 Support

“If marks are poor and exams are at risk…“

KAEFER celebrates its 50-year anniversary with a large party at Getreidestraße on 1st October 1968. The book “KAEFER Isoliertechnik– yesterday, today and tomorrow” is published

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Higher, faster,
further – inspired
by the Olympic Spirit
The 70s see the rapid expansion of nuclear power plants. KAEFER develops all-metal cassettes that can be decontaminated especially for these new facilities. Oil production also increases during this time. In Norway, KAEFER receives the first contract to equip a drilling rig in the Ekofisk oil field.
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KAEFER equips the swimming and sports hall at the Olympic stadium in Munich with a translucent ceiling in 1972

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1972 Olympics

“Couldn‘t the insulating ceiling be made of bundled plastic straws?“

As remembered by Ralf Koch

First insulation of an LNG carrier 1973: KAEFER works on the “Venator” tanker for the Moss shipyard

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In 1974, KAEFER receives the largest acoustic contract to date. Worth over 10 million DM, the client is the University of Bielefeld

What’s taken for granted today wasn’t in the 70s: the first female apprentice starts at KAEFER in Germany in 1974

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1974 Girl power

„Jutta Sonnewald is the first woman to start training at KAEFER.“

As remembered by Carsten Wrede

KAEFER installs thermal insulation in 1976 at the new UNO city superstructure in Vienna


The first insulation of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker: shipbuilders Wärtsilä in Turku, Finland contract KAEFER in 1976 to insulate seven LPG ships

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KAEFER engineers develop the basis for cryogenic insulation systems in 1978

KAEFER finds a home in the offshore sector as well, outfitting a Phillips Petroleum Company drilling rig in the Norwegian Ekofisk oil field in 1979

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From Bremen
to the world
What do Arzew in Algeria, Kårstø in Norway, Arun on Sumatra, Moso in Burundi and Burghausen und Munich in Germany have in common? They all profit from KAEFER know-how. From thermal insulation for refineries and acoustic insulation for underground trains to refitting a large-scale wind tunnel – KAEFER constantly develops and implements innovative solutions. For 65 years.
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IIn 1980, colleagues from Austria are responsible for engineering, material supply and the fitting of over 200,000 m² of thermal insulation for a refinery in Arzew, Algeria

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KAEFER introduces computerised payroll accounting in 1981. One year later, the entire accounting department makes the switch
Noise emissions from train tracks are substantially reduced 1981 with KAEFER’s help in the expansion of Munich’s subway system: mats placed underneath gravel have excellent sound-absorbing qualities. KAEFER is responsible for preparation for fitting and the fitting itself

KAEFER is also active in two large scale projects in southern Germany 1982: the new construction of an ethyl plant at the German Marathon Petroleum refinery in Burghausen as well as the construction of the nuclear power plant at Grundmemmingen

KAEFER introduces computerised payroll accounting in 1981. One year later, the entire accounting department makes the switch

KAEFER takes part in the expansion of the natural gas liquefaction plant at Arun in Sumatra once again in 1982. KAEFER was already there at this large-scale construction project when the first phase was completed in 1978

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1982 Delay

„I’m terribly sorry, but our ship is late.“

As remembered by Hartmut Kolkowski

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1982 Plattdeutsch

„During the Arun project, many Telexes…“

KAEFER celebrates 65 years in business on the 1st of October 1983

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In 1984, KAEFER is involved in the refitting of the German Research and Development Institute for Space and Aeronautics’ large-scale wind tunnel in Cologne. The tunnel is converted from subsonic to sub-zero temperature operation

The first edition of “K-WERT”, the employee magazine, is published 1984

One in five prospective industrial insulators in Germany do their apprenticeship at KAEFER in 1984

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1984 1st K-WERT

A magazine is launched


Introduction of the first company suggestion scheme, which makes individual employees’ ideas available to all as of 1985

Large scale contract in Norway 1985: KAEFER is involved in insulation work for the new construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Kårstø. 350 KAEFER employees are working there at peak times

The construction of passenger ships sets sail in 1986: insulation work is performed on the “Karl Carstens” (photo) and “Peter Pan” ferries

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1985 Dedication

„Hermann Klezath heads to the airport…“

As remembered by Hermann Klezath

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The ‘operational safety’ department is founded in Germany in 1987

KAEFER employees from Belgium prepare sheet metal and coordinate local personnel in Moso, Burundi in 1988, who fit the insulation for two boilers at a sugar factory

KAEFER employees insulate several fermentation and storage tanks at a brewery in China over the course of 13 months in 1988

The opening of the East German border 1989 allows KAEFER to expand its business into the new German states

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Constantly churning out large-scale projects. KAEFER develops well-established spray insulation for steam turbines in power plants further, receives a contract for a German research station in Antarctica and even goes into a wind tunnel.
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KAEFER manufactures and installs an interior cryogenic insulation system for the European Transonic Wind Tunnel in 1992 – the world’s most modern testing facility for supersonic flight

Queen Elizabeth II. is visiting the construction of the ETW

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1992 Wind tunnel

„The tunnel only worked with excellent cryogenic insulation.“

As remembered by Arno Recknagel


In 1992, KAEFER secures a contract for the insulation of the steel container at the German Neumayer II research station in Antarctica

Kvaerner Masa Yard contracts KAEFER in 1993 to insulate the spherical transport tanks and deck lines on four 135,000 m3 LNG tankers for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The work is completed in 1997

KAEFER celebrates its 75-year anniversary in 1993 with a ceremony at the upper city hall in Bremen and an exhibition

Movie on the occasion of the 75th company anniversary

Article from WESER-KURIER 1993

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KAEFER sets up an advisory board in 1994, consisting of external as well as family members to advise management and all remaining shareholders

In 1994, KAEFER is responsible for the complete cooling insulation of devices and pipes for the world’s largest steam cracker built in one unit in Antwerpen for BASF. 138 tonnes of PU in-situ foam and 66,000 m² of zinc-coated steel are processed

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1995 End of an era

„Those cheers turned into a standing ovation...“

Separation of capital and management – Annelotte and Ralf Koch withdraw from the daily management of the company and pass duties on to Norbert Schmelzle in 1995

Norbert Schmelzle

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1995 New CEO

„P&L is the highest abstraction of human passion…“


KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH receives DIN EN ISO 900 certification 1996, followed one year later by SCC certification

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The German KAEFER Group website goes live in 1997

KAEFER plans, manufactures and delivers cassette insulation for the primary cooling circuit at the Brazilian ‘Angra II’ nuclear power plant in 1997. KAEFER employees also supervised fitting on site


KAEFER takes care of fire protection, heat and acoustic insulation and installs roofs and walls in the process of lengthening the “Norwegian Wind” and “Norwegian Dream” cruise liners 1998 at the Lloyd shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany

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1997 Angra II

„During our tour of the containment...“

As remembered by Henry Kohlstruck & Günther Ahlers


KAEFER removes asbestos in pipes, interior walls and facades in 1998 during the renovation work at the “Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou” in Paris, France


KAEFER is responsible not just for the insulation of residential modules on the IVANA drilling rig commissioned by INAGIP at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia, but also delivers all of the interior outfitting in 1998


Since 1999 modern simulation software based on the finite element method is used to calculate complex insulation problems

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Global presence,
local strength
KAEFER is involved in exciting projects around the world: from the largest floating gas platform off the coast of Norway and work on Hamburg’s Elbe Tunnel and the “Queen Mary 2” cruise ship to new production divisions in Abu Dhabi and large-scale construction projects in Vietnam. Social engagement grows as well, with the foundation of the “KAEFER AIDS Relief Programme” in South Africa.
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Operational safety, the reduction of accidents and the quality of incident reporting is the focus of the ‘Safety Year 2000’ in Germany


KAEFER registers a patent for new interior insulation of gas turbines. The new KAEFER construction uses a system of flat profiles and rails instead of heavy bolts. This is easier to fit and provides cost reductions of up to 20%

The biggest contract in KAEFER’s history to date in shipbuilding is realised: the building of the “Olympic Voyager” fast cruise liner starts and work on the “Olympic Explorer” begins as well

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Starting the production of flexible insulation mattresses for gas turbines. Manufactured in Abu Dhabi in a specially designed workshop

Successful project completion on the world’s largest floating gas platform off the coast of Norway. KAEFER is responsible for the complete thermal insulation and fire protection of the “Åsgard B’s” platform and pipes, as well as the fire protection and interior outfitting of offices and residential quarters

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KAEFER becomes market leader in France through the takeover of WANNER SAS and WANNER Marine SAS from Vinci

KAEFER is responsible for the fire protection elements in the ceiling of Hamburg’s Elbe Tunnel in Germany

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Underneath the river

„The most elaborate fire protection system ever implemented in Europe.“

KAEFER showcases its abilities with two large-scale projects in Vienna. The redesign of the IBM House on the Danube canal and the expansion of the ARES Tower office building are impressive and attention-grabbing construction ventures

The “Ulysses” ferry receives the ‘Cruise & Ferry Award 2001’ for features such as the observation deck, which was realised by KAEFER in Finland


Introduction of the central apprenticeship system in Germany. All commercial apprentices are trained in Bremen

KAEFER undertakes insulation work on a Dow Chemical ethyl plant in the Netherlands and insulates a new block at an LNG facility in Borneo in Southeast Asia

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To expand its position in the Eastern European market, KAEFER takes over the polish company TERMOIZOLACJA and its 600 employees

INSTA-LAG® and TIPS® are specially prefabricated products for the insulation of pipes and heating boilers that can reach temperatures of up to 650 °C. These are introduced to the Australian market


Award from the Karl Nix Foundation in Bremen: a KAEFER apprentice is given the Best Chamber of Trade Examinee prize


KAEFER Academy: the Junior Executive Academy (now called the Junior Leadership Programme) is established to identify, support and promote qualified talent

KAEFER receives a major contract from Shell and BP in South Africa: KAEFER is now responsible for maintenance, insulation, scaffolding and surface protection at the new SAPREF refinery for the next five years

KAEFER’s own ‘I\K\A\R\U\S’ calculation software is developed. This stands for insulation, calculation, handling, invoicing and SAP integration. It makes the efficient calculation of projects possible


KAEFER in Abu Dhabi becomes the first company in the UAE to receive ISO 9001 and 14001 as well as OHSAS 18001 certification

Third place at the European Championship for Industrial Insulators goes to a KAEFER employee

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KAEFER know-how for China: during the building of two power plant blocks in Lianyungang, KAEFER provides its special knowledge to a Russian company under license and undertakes engineering work, construction and some parts of manufacturing itself

World premiere in the Weser tunnel: a tunnel robot developed by KAEFER is used to fit passive fire protection for the first time during the construction of the Weser tunnel


Award from the Karl Nix Foundation in Bremen: a KAEFER apprentice is given the Best Chamber of Trade Examinee prize

KAEFER boards cruise liners in France: The “Queen Mary 2’s” 7 km-long cooling networks is insulated. On the “Crystal Serenity”, a total of 6 km of pipes and 2,500 m² of ventilation shafts are insulated in accordance with the strictest fire protection requirements


KAEFER insulates pipes and channels in Lisbon’s European Cup football stadium

KAEFER installs KAEMOBIL partition systems made of metal in BMW’s production facility in Leipzig, Germany. Mounting the 30-metre-long, self-supporting F30 cabins was particularly challenging

KAEFER in Finland is responsible for the development of turnkey solutions for Kværner Masa shipbuilders’ “Mariner of the Seas”

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Start of the ‘Snøhvit’ project, the largest single contract in the company’s history till then: in cooperation with Aker Kværner, KAEFER develops an integrated service package for the construction of an LNG plant in Norway for Statoil

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Snøhvit

„At its peak, there were 2,000 employees on site.“


First successful major contract in Vietnam: KAEFER works with up to 500 fitters on the new construction of a fertiliser factory in Southern Vietnam and is responsible for insulation and scaffolding works

KAEFER develops the ‘twin bed’. It is made up of a lying surface that is rotatable along the longitudinal axis of the bed. And there is a mattress and bedding on each side, which makes it easy to simply turn over when shifts change

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Twin bed

„Extra comfort and no more ‘warmth bonus’.“

A record at KAEFER in South Africa: 3 million working hours without a single ‘lost-time injury’ (LTI) at the SAPREF construction site

KAEFER sets up a new metal workshop in Scheeßel, near Bremen, which brings several workshops together in one place. This concentrates production capacity for the northern German region in one workshop

KAEFER takes over the refurbishment and expansion of the old ‘Hafenspeicher XI’ building in Bremen, Germany as well as further extension parts of the Weser Stadium

KAEFER receives the ‘Apprenticeship Ace’ award as Germany’s best company for apprenticeships from Federal Education Secretary Edelgard Bulmahn

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In March, the company-own Sizani scaffolding training centre opens in South Africa. It is available to KAEFER employees as well as external scaffolders

KAEFER insulates around 35 km of piping and 2,000 m² of facility space at the Neste oil refinery in Kulloo, Finland with the help of Estonian and Polish colleagues

Major project in the Middle East: KAEFER undertakes extensive heat, cold and sound insulation as well as scaffolding work at the Dolphin gas project in Qatar commissioned by engineering firm JGC Corporation of Japan

The ice breaking universal research vessel “Maria S. Merian” is christened. KAEFER is responsible for the insulation of the engines and the complete interior outfitting of the living and working areas through to the wooden decks and kitchen

60 KAEFER fitters perform extensive insulation work over the course of 18 months at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany

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Award from the Karl Nix Foundation in Bremen: a KAEFER apprentice is given the Best Chamber of Trade Examinee prize

Large scale project in Munich, Germany: KAEFER handles the challenging interior outfitting of the auditorium at BMW Welt, with the highest demands in design and acoustics


KAEFER acquires Parker in Canada and enters one of the fastest growing markets for insulation and offshore. PARKER KAEFER is market leader in industrial insulation in the region and offers insulation, surface protections and scaffolding services


Heat technology calculation with KAEFER’s own WTB programme. KAEFER is one of the few companies in the world that also continuously takes part in the maintenance and further development of the complex WTB programme

Australia: first use of rope access for the “Alcan Gove” maintenance project

A KAEFER apprentice is awarded Best Insulation Fitter in Germany by the DIHK

After 14 years, KAEFER is involved with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Antarctica again: interior outfitting, heating and cooling as well as water supply, sewage and plumbing is taken care of by KAEFER at the ‘Neumayer III’ station

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Cool solution

„Transport routes of 4,800 km, pack ice, squalls…“

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KAEFER Spain receives a contract for the insulation of pipes and valves for the Adriatic Project, the world’s first offshore LNG terminal in the middle of the sea off the coast of Italy


Acquisition of G+H Schiffausbau GmbH to expand expertise in furniture manufacturing, decorative interior outfitting and gas tank insulation

Majority stockholding in the British insulation specialist C&D, a leading company on the British market for industrial insulation

A high performance climatic chamber offers new possibilities: KAEFER invests in a 15m3 climatic chamber that can reproduce temperatures between +120°C und -75°C, whilst being able to modify temperature, humidity and pressure at the same time

As in the year before, the best insulation fitter is a member of the KAEFER family (apprenticeship exam)


Cold insulation of ADGAS is renewed on “Das Island” in the United Arab Emirates. In one of the most prestigious projects in its history in the Middle East, KAEFER in Abu Dhabi replaces the insulation of around 85,000 m² of piping and tanks, produces and fits 9,000 pipe supports

KAEFER in Norway receives a contract for the maintenance and conversion of the “Grane” and “Heimdal” offshore platforms. Part of the job includes insulation, paintwork and scaffolding

KAEFER is on board for the interior outfitting of the largest cruise liners in the world. In Finland, France and the Bahamas with the “Liberty of the Seas”, “MSC Orchestra” and the “Majesty of the Seas”, to name just a few

„Liberty of the Seas“

The “KAEFER Aids Relief Programme” in South Africa is introduced

At the Hamburg ‘Elbphilharmonie’ in Germany, KAEFER is fire proofing the steel beams under the striking trapezoidal roof: 6,000m2 of roof surface, 5,000m2 of supporting structure and 1,200 linear meters of flanged connections are covered. The fire protection of difficult connections and transitions are carried out in F 90 or F 120 ‒ an elegant composition in steel and mineral wool

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KAEFER supports the Bremen Chamber Orchestra as the main sponsor


KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH receives BS OHSAS 18001 certification


The pilot phase of KAEFER’s “PMQ” project management qualification for construction and project leaders begins

Peter Hoedemaker takes over as Chief Executive Officer from Norbert Schmelzle

KAEFER employee makes a great performance and comes out on top against 17 other competitors at the European Championship for young insulators

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New CEO

„International business & Lean management“

The ‘Woodside Train 5’ LNG facility is finished after two years of construction work. KAEFER in Australia takes care of extensive insulation work in the largest project in the company’s history with a volume of 30 million Euros

As part of its 90-year anniversary, KAEFER renovates the UNESCO World Heritage upper city hall as a gift to the city of Bremen

KAEFER in Australia opens a new prefabrication facility for pre-insulated components

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90 years

„We’re only strong when we’re together, was my father’s guiding theme.“

As remembered by Ralf Koch

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The UN contracts KAEFER in Australia to remove asbestos roofs from UNMit warehouses in Timor-Leste. At the same time, new roofs made of monoclad sheet metal are installed and insulated

KAEFER wins the ‘Top Areva Supplier’ award from international energy company Areva

KAEFER Energy in Norwegen gewinnt den Auftrag für alle Wartungsarbeiten in den Bereichen Isolierung, Anstrich, passiver Brandschutz und Gerüstbau auf Statoil‘s Gjøa-Plattform in der Nordsee

KAEFER is a proud founding member of the European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF) together with 11 other leading companies


KAEFER in South Africa expands its ‘Sizani Technical Skills Training Centre’ by adding a metal processing school

The PPP-Project ‘MovIEE’ – ‘Moving India’s SMEs towards an energy efficient future’ starts as cooperation between KAEFER Punj Lloyd in India and the ’Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’ (GIZ)

The Corporate Competence Center Mattresses is founded and bundles the know-how for mattress systems with the insulation of steam and gas turbines

KAEFER constructs the entire wellness and spa area, including the largest Finnish sauna at sea with room for 54 people on the “Mein Schiff”

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To the future! KAEFER doesn’t just look forwards, but also acts with foresight: the future will be safer, cleaner and more efficient. That’s why the KAEFER Foundation gGmbH was founded, to help in cases of natural disasters and emergencies that affect employees. Safety and efficiency remain at the top of the agenda as part of the international year for occupational safety and KAEFER’s Lean journey.
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Annelotte Koch, former Managing Director and shareholder, dies in March aged 93

The start of the Green Car Policy in Germany: in addition to financial considerations, emissions and consumption become criteria for company car choices

The earthquake in Chile in February affects several employees and their families. Colleagues from around the world help to rebuild lives with their donations

Premiere of the “International KAEFER photo competition”. Employees around the world submit photos about ‘cultural diversity’. The winning entries feature in the KAEFER annual calendar


The “Advanced Management Programme” begins for the first time as part of the KAEFER Academy


The first major project for KAEFER in New Caledonia: KAEFER provides scaffolding for a nickel mine

The European Championship title and the German Master of Industrial Insulator Technicians title go to a KAEFER employee

The company headquarters moves to the heart of Bremen on Marktstraße

A KAEFER apprentice is awarded Best Insulation Fitter in Germany by the DIHK

KAEFER presents itself to around a million visitors at the communal Bremen stand and the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. Focussing on ‘Energy Efficiency’, the company shows the benefits of insulation when it comes to environmental protection

Foundation of the KAEFER Foundation GmbH to support KAEFER employees in emergencies and natural disasters

The ‘UK Design Scaffold Team‘ is founded. KAEFER in the UK is expanding its portfolio with this independent scaffolding service


KAEFER in Qatar takes over the corrosion protection for the Dolphin Energy’s ‘DOL 1‘ and ‘DOL 2‘ platforms

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The “KAEFER Code of Business Conduct” is introduced worldwide as a binding code of practice at the KAEFER Group

Indian research station Bharati, Antarctica: building upon blueprints, KAEFER is responsible for structural engineering, construction, facades and the complete outfitting of the station, including living and working containers as well as the outfitting of the partially prefabricated station at the South Pole

KAEFER Abu Dhabi receives a contract for the construction of a four-storey hanging scaffold at an 11km piping bridge as part of the ‘Shah Gas development project’

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Built on sand

„850 employees work at dizzying heights…“


KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH receives DIN ISO 14001 certification

All aboard on the “Alexander von Humboldt II” and “Rainbow Warrior III” sailing ships. KAEFER is responsible for the delivery and installation of the ship’s kitchen on the 65-metre-long three-mast vessel. Just like on Greenpeace’s “Rainbow Warrior III” – equipped with a galley specially constructed by KAEFER

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Year of action for “Occupational Health and Safety 2012” – the first worldwide campaign launched throughout the company in 13 languages. The five main themes are: risk assessment, training, health, work at height and manual handling


 

KAEFER wins the annual ‘Partner of the Year’ award from Meyer Yard for the high quality of its interior outfitting

A successful, international drawing competition for the children of employees takes place – the theme is “Health and safety at your parents’ workplace”

KAEFER in Spain completes a two-year expansion project at Europe’s largest refinery at Repsol in Cartagena: two ten-hour shifts per day, 350 workers, 800,000 hours worked

The first KAEFER Group sustainability report is published

The second “International KAEFER photo competition” takes place where the theme is “KAEFER in colour”: 23 countries, 631 fantastic photos and 19 winners

The Indian Bharati research station is completed on schedule by KAEFER Construction Germany. After 5 months of work, this station is handed over during the Antarctic summer. It is the third polar station that KAEFER has worked on

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Fogadtatás! KAEFER opens a new facility in Hungary. The new facility for turbine insulation and mattresses for products such as manifolds, flanges and valves secures KAEFER’s leading position in the mattress insulation market

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Bharati

„When the sea starts freezing over you’re stuck for another year.“

First worldwide employee survey at KAEFER with a participation rate of 70%

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KAEFER acquires know-how in passive fire protection through the takeover of Prostar Marine Services in Singapore

The KAEFER Lean Journey begins with a pilot project on the “Åsgard B” platform in April, which is maintained by KAEFER

KAEFER in Finland receives several contracts for the renovation of different cruise ships: “Pride of America”, “Legend of the Sea”, “Carnival Sunshine”, “Disney Magic” and “MS Bergensfjord”

The first ‘KAEFER Trophy’ takes place in Bremen’s Sportgarten, Germany. It combines a football tournament with the presentation of apprenticeship opportunities at KAEFER

Inspection, maintenance and cleaning work at Dow Chemical Ibérica in Tarragona. KAEFER in Spain provides a major contribution to the project with the build-up and removal of scaffolding, corrosion protection and insulation work. Reaching a height of 116 metres, this is the highest scaffolding tower ever built at a factory in Europe


Start of an anniversary project: the 25th tunnel in 10 years. KAEFER is responsible for the planning and installation of the fire protection for the E6 road tunnel in Trondheim in Norway

KAEFER demonstrates its competence at one of Europe’s most ambitious construction projects: KAEFER is responsible for the planning, manufacture and integration of the fire protection of the tower connections at the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany

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„From the deepest basements to the highest floor.“

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At the Sellafield Ltd Supplier Forum 2014 KAEFER in the United Kingdom wins the ‘Going the extra mile’ award in the additional services category

The third “International KAEFER photo competition” takes place where the theme is “from another viewpoint”. Numerous employees from around the world take part: 478 photos, 197 participants, 25 countries, and 20 winners

Cooperation between KAEFER Energy in Norway and KAEFER Engineering in Thailand for a module for Statoil‘s “Troll A” platform

The PACT day, launched throughout the company, officially marks the end of the ‘Year of Quality 2013/2014’. The four focus themes are Planning, Administration, Communication and Technical quality

KAEFER is responsible for the surface treatment of 57 foundation gravity modules and prefabricated steel modules at the Gorgon gas project, one of the largest gas projects in the world


Cooperation for the import terminal for LNG in Swinemünde on the Baltic coast. KAEFER employees from Poland and Spain work with colleagues from the Corporate Competence Centre LNG (CCCL) in Germany. Colleagues from the pre-insulation workshop in Australia also help out

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One team, one PACT

„The closing events in over 25 countries are as varied…“

KAEFER in Brazil becomes market leader in industrial services and substantial increases market share in South America with the acquisition of RIP Serviços Industriais


The Neptun Yard in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany awards KAEFER as its ‘Partner of the Year 2014’

KAEFER Industrie GmbH in Germany receives an award in the ‘Safety for Contractors’ category at the ‘Bayer Supplier Day’

Lean Journey: KAEFER creates an environment of continuous improvement, increased efficiency, the establishment of a ‘lean leader’ network and training all around the world with more than 40 projects where lean principles are implemented in 2014


KAEFER takes part in an initiative of Bremen’s chamber of commerce to help young refugees gain better access to education

KAEFER Construction GmbH receives a contract for the interior outfitting of the new Audi motor sport centre in Neuburg, Germany

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50 years of Corporate Technology and Research (now Corporate Innovation & Technical Excellence)

KAEFER celebrates 80 years of apprenticeships: the first apprentices stared in 1985 at the family company in Bremen. Throughout this period, 1,352 young people took up an apprenticeship at KAEFER

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Research & Technology

„Step-by-step, KAEFER laboratories began to take shape.“

As remembered by Arno Recknagel & Karl-Rudolf Friese


RIP in Brazil secures a further contract with PETROBRAS for the heat insulation at the platforms for Santos Basin, Sergipe und Alagoas

Within just two weeks in the dry dock, KAEFER in Finland manages to renovate selected areas of the “M/S Finlandia”. The demolition and preparatory work is done during normal operation shortly beforehand

The tragic earthquake affects over 200 of 1,000 Nepalese KAEFER employees in the Middle East in April. Regional management immediately reacts by establishing an emergency committee to help Nepalese employees to contact families, take time off from work or help directly on the ground. Other members of the KAEFER family help as well

KAEFER in Qatar receives a contract for fire protection measures at the Laffan refinery from the Consolidated Contractors Company, the largest construction company in the near east


KAEFER in Kuwait receives a contract for scaffolding work at the ‘Clean Fuel Project’ at the Mina Al Ahmadi refinery from South Korea’s SK E&C


RIP in Brazil receives an important contract from the insulation of Presidente Vargas Steelworks, which is run by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)

KAEFER in Finland is awarded with a contract for renovation work on the “Norwegian Epic” (photo) and “Silja Serenade” cruise ships

A KAEFER employee takes second place at the German Championship for Dry Construction Technicians

KAEFER in Poland is contractor for construction work on the oil refinery in Plock from PKN Orlen


KAEFER takes part in the state-run incentive programme MobiProEU, as well as ‘The Job of my Life’, which allowed four young people from Spain to begin an apprenticeship as an insulator fitter in Bremen


A large shutdown in Qatar: Qatar Petroleum’s NGL-3 facility stands still for 21 days. The work done is some of the most extensive ever performed by KAEFER in Qatar


Introduction of new products in Norway. ENERGY Products® concentrate on battling the most important factors and health risks in the process industry: noise, heat and vibration

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KAEFER in Vietnam receives a contract from TSK Engineering (Thailand) Co. Ltd. for the refractory engineering of the burner at a sulphuric acid facility

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Award from the Karl Nix Foundation in Bremen: a KAEFER apprentice is given the Best Chamber of Trade Examinee prize

Introduction of the new, global ‘ONE’ Intranet to combine the information from various regional Intranets to form one central platform for collaboration


KAEFER in the UAE achieves 30 million man-hours without lost-time injury (LTI)

KAEFER in the Netherlands and Belgium achieves 6 million man-hours without lost-time injury (LTI)

KAEFER WANNER’s first Lean Day takes place on more than 50 construction sites, workshops and offices to present lean principles and KAEFER’s Lean Journey to employees

The fourth “International KAEFER photo competition” is conducted among employees worldwide, the theme is “leadership in action”


KAEFER Industrie GmbH’s team in Hamburg is awarded a safety prize from Dow Stade for 24 years and 670,000 man-hours without LTI

BP Norway awards KAEFER Energy in Norway a new contract for the maintenance of its offshore facilities. The contract extends to all 14 BP offshore facilities at Valhall, Ula, Skary on the Norwegian continental shelf

The German Champion of Industrial Insulation Technicians comes from KAEFER

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Change of management: Peter Edelmann takes up the position of CEO of KAEFER Group from Peter Hoedemaker at the beginning of the year

KAEFER in Benelux is awarded the Dow Chemical Benelux Occupational Safety Prize for Subcontractors for the third time

Extensive scaffolding contract for KAEFER in Sweden for the Preem refinery

The KAEFER ‘Medupi Scaffolding’ team in South Africa celebrates 5 million man-hours without lost time injury (LTI)

Statoil in Norway awards KAEFER Energy with a new contract worth €30 million for insulation, surface protection and scaffolding at the Mongstad facility


1,000 employees from 14 countries have already been trained as part of the “KAEFER Safety Culture Training” programme

A KAEFER employee gets second place at the German Championship for Dry Construction Technicians

30 million safe man-hours are achieved by KAEFER in Qatar

RIP Serviços Industriais in Brasil receives a new contract for the construction of a main train station and ancillary work

KAEFER’s Corporate Competence Center Materials in Bremen is contracted with engineering services and the provision of insulation materials for the “Yamaha Cement Plant Project” in Saudi Arabia

KAEFER in Malaysia is presented the “Safe Contractor of the Year 2017 Award” by JGC

The ‘Lean Development Programme’ complements the programme at the KAEFER Academy

KAEFER in Great Britain achieves one year with over 2,5 million man-hours without lost time injuries

KAEFER Energy in Norway receives the longest-term contract in the history of the company. Until 2031, it is responsible for insulation, scaffolding/access, surface protection and passive fire protection at Statoil’s offshore platforms

The Polish Industrial Insulation Technician Championship prize goes to two Polish KAEFER colleagues

KAEFER in Finland receives a contract from Meyer Turku for a 6,500 m² extension of the public areas on Tallink’s new LNG-powered express ferry, the “Megastar”

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The global “KAEFER Safety Culture Training” programme hits a new milestone: more than 550 employees are trained in Brazil and Peru

KAEFER in Canada successfully finishes the ‘Cenovus Foster Creek Pipeline’ project with a substantial productivity improvement thanks to applying Lean methods on site – without making any compromises on health & safety or quality

Lloyds Register Brazil, certifies our subsidiary RIP for ISO 37001. This ISO standard defines rules and procedures to help organisations in the fight against corruption

KAEFER in Thailand gets safety recognition during its scaffolding maintenance works at Covestro

YASREF awards a five-year maintenance contract for insulation and scaffolding works at its 5.2 million square meter large oil refinery in Yanbu to KAEFER in Saudi Arabia

Start for KAEFER new di­gital pro­ject at the Kår­stø pro­cessing plant in Norway. KAEFER En­ergy is test­ing how the use of web solu­tions and tab­lets can stream­line se­lec­ted work pro­cesses at the Statoil-op­er­ated fa­cil­ity

The "Symphony of the Seas" conquers the oceans. KAEFER WANNER in France performs interior outfitting works on the largest ocean liner in the world

The global IT security awareness campaign covers topics around back-ups, password security, data access, alertness, updates & social engineering

KAEFER En­ergy in Norway enters an op­er­a­tional al­li­ance with Aker BP and will un­der­take the ex­e­cu­tion of in­su­la­tion, sur­face pro­tec­tion, scaf­fold­ing and ac­cess as well as in­terior out­fit­ting and HVAC on all installations of Aker BP on the Norwegian continental shelf

KAEFER in Saudi Arabia achieves 35 million man-hours without LTI. The high commitment towards safety and the ongoing promotion of a positive HSE culture pays off thanks to everyone’s effort, support and dedication

Across the year, many KAEFER locations are celebrating the 100th company anniversary. Employees in Norway, Brazil, Australia, Germany or in the Middle East are coming together to look back on the last century and to look forward to the next

More than 80 KAEFER colleagues gather together for the 5k BMW company run in Bremen to support a well-construction project in Uganda and celebrate our 100-year company anniversary

Two teams of KAEFER come in second and third place at the FESI European Insulation Apprentice Championship


KAEFER in Malay­sia se­cures a new or­der from Sapura En­ergy for sup­ply and ap­plic­a­tion of thermal & noise con­trol in­su­la­tion ma­ter­ial for pipes, fit­tings, mech­an­ical and static equip­ment for a new high dens­ity poly­ethyl­ene plant at the Pet­ro­nas RAPID pet­ro­chem­ical com­plex

New Code of Business Conduct for the KAEFER Group worldwide: Our an­niversary is the per­fect oc­ca­sion to take our Code of Busi­ness Con­duct into the next cen­tury by up­dat­ing it with con­tem­por­ary top­ics that have be­come in­creas­ingly rel­ev­ant to all of us.

The fifth “International KAEFER photo competition” takes place, the theme being “Living our values”. Numerous employees from around the world take part: 401 photos, 159 participants, 20 countries, and 20 winners


KAEFER Iso­lier­tech­nik GmbH & Co. Kom­man­dit­gesell­schaft reaches an attractive placement of senior secured notes resulting in a refinancing schedule for a running time of 5.5 years, in an amount of 250 million EUR, with approx. 50 investors. KAEFER also extends its syndicated loan including guarantees for another 5 years to allow enough headroom to continue developing its business successfully


Premiere for the KAEFER Future Award: Leander Stützel of the University Augsburg wins the prize worth 5,000€ for the ’development and thermal optimisation of porous light clay building material’. For the first time, KAEFER awards an outstanding project from the areas of material research or insulation just to name a few. Laura Marie Henning of the TU Berlin came in second place, her project that researches new ways to purify water on an industrial level will be supported by the KAEFER Foundation

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Dr Roland Gärber, former COO, and Steen E Hansen, former CFO, take over the management of KAEFER as Co-CEOs and form the Executive Board


The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce awards the 200 best apprentices in their profession. For the first time, a female (KAEFER) insulation fitter is announced winner in this category.


KAEFER Servicios Industriales SAU in Spain acquires 100% of the shares of Bilfinger Industrial Services Spain SA


The HSE team of KAEFER in Malaysia receives the ‘Focused Recognition Award’ from PETRONAS for the Samsung RAPID 6A project


KAEFER in Kuwait receives two im­portant contracts for ex­ten­si­ve in­su­la­ti­on works on pi­ping and equip­ment at the new Al-Zour Re­fi­ne­ry


KAEFER KOSTEC in Peru applies extensive fire protection coatings to the stadium structures for the Pan American Games in Lima 2019