Tradition

160 years SCHAEFER KALK represents a successful combination of tradition, technological progress, high-quality products and modern management - guarantors for our long-standing success.

Five generations of the Schaefer family have been involved in establishing, maintaining and developing SCHAEFER KALK as a family business. The future grows from tradition!

An enthralling industrial history dating back to 1860 about the rise and fortes of a medium-sized family business.

Schaefer Kalk - Tradition shapes the future

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1860-1912
1860-1912

A rocky task

On the trail of hidden deals

The lawyer Johann Schaefer from Diez was a pioneer and a man of action. He recognized the potential opportunities presented by the industrial changes taking place in Germany during the “founder years” (1871-1873) and established the Johann Schaefer Kalkwerke company. Thus, the SCHAEFER KALK story began with the acquisition of one of the purest limestone deposits in Europe.

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A rocky task
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1913-1945
1913-1945

Bad times - Good times

Standing tall through the crisis

All signs pointed to progress when the third generation joined the company. But with the war years came drastic setbacks. Instead of capitulating in the face of the immense difficulties, however, Schaefer faced up to the challenges. With flexibility and perseverance, the company managed to survive these years without having to shut down operations.

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Bad times - Good times
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1946-1965
1946-1965

Finely ground and refined

How quality can be improved

The continuous expansion of the Hahnstätten plant made it one of our most efficient and productive lime plants. Significant advances in lime burning technology - GGR kilns -, in hydrating lime and in the large-scale production of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) were just as much a part of this as the training and qualification of the workforce. The company became faster, better and more efficient.

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Finely ground and refined
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1966-1984
1966-1984

Progress needs know-how

Innovations on the advance

Now in its fourth generation, SCHAEFER KALK continued to develop into a supplier of specialized lime products for the most stringent demands. The top quality even met the requirements of the pharmaceutical and food industries. The extreme chemical purity and reactivity of the lime allowed new and more applications in the chemical industry and in the field of environmental protection.

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Progress needs know-how
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1985-1995
1985-1995

Mindful of consolidation

Step by step to new stature

In the years that followed, SCHAEFER KALK took advantage of its continuing healthy profitability to implement far-reaching restructuring and expansion initiatives at almost all levels of the business. At the same time, the foundation was laid for a new era: the first step towards internationalization was taken with the construction of a plant in Malaysia.

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Mindful of consolidation
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1996-2010
1996-2010

Boundlessly successful

All signs point to expansion

With increasing globalization, the time was ripe for international expansion. Simultaneously, SCHAEFER KALK was expanding its dominant position in Germany by means of expansions and acquisitions. 142 years after the company was founded, the fifth generation of the owner family has now taken over executive management responsibilities.

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Boundlessly successful
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2010-2020
2010-2020

Ready for times to come

What previous generations had considered good and proper remains the declared goal for the future for today's descendants in management: to preserve and continue to develop SCHAEFER KALK as a medium-sized family business. The necessary conditions for this are being created and further expanded both at home and abroad.

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Ready for times to come
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2020…
2020…

The future remains exciting

When Johann Schaefer purchased a brickworks 160 years ago, he probably never dreamed that he was laying the foundation for a family business that would be successful for decades to come. The long-term preservation of the company, employee motivation and sustainable continuing development shaped the actions of the subsequent generations and continue to do so to today.

SCHAEFER KALK is well positioned to face the future.

The future remains exciting