Ceramics, made in Germany.

The company

The ceramic power

From mosaic tiles to ceramic facades - Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG is the specialist for residential, swimming pool and facade ceramics.

With our product brands AGROB BUCHTAL, JASBA and DRYTILE, we are not only the market leader in Germany, but also one of the world's leading manufacturers in the field of ceramic covering materials. We focus on innovation, design, sustainability and product quality "Made in Germany". We offer our customers a high-quality and comprehensive range, competent advice and custom-made products.

The comapany

Mission

Dieter Schäfer

Dieter Schäfer, Chairman

Market leader as "ceramic problem solver“

Wall and floor tiles, swimming pool ceramics and ceramic facades - our core competences lie in the high quality and variety of our product range, our advisory competence and service orientation. Since 1999, the Deutsche Steinzeug Group has been the market leader in the business field of ceramic covering materials and is also one of the leading manufacturers internationally. Worldwide, we serve more than 120,000 architects and planners, to whom we offer with our brand AGROB BUCHTAL a variety of colours and formats especially geared to commercial construction as well as comprehensive advice with our architect service. We supply our architectural ceramics to almost 100 countries. With our JASBA brand, we occupy the top position in the ceramic mosaic market.

We see ourselves as "ceramic problem solvers" for our customers and also produce individual custom-made products if required. The easy-to-clean, antibacterial Hytect surface, which we introduced in 2000, is an example of our company's innovative spirit. Our customer and service orientation not only includes our product range and consulting services, but also extends to the shipment of our goods: For example, thanks to the special customs authorisation (AEO-F) of the EU Customs Code, our freight shipments are cleared faster.

Locations

Rooted in tradition, networked worldwide

Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG is a group with a long history. Our roots go back to 1755 and our first stock exchange listing was in 1896. Production takes place mainly at our German sites in Ötzingen, Schwarzenfeld, Sinzig and Witterschlick. With around 1,200 highly qualified and experienced employees worldwide as well as modern manufacturing processes, we ensure that our comprehensive product range and services related to ceramic facing materials are constantly maintained and further developed at the highest level. The Deutsche Steinzeug Group has its own sales organisations in China, France, Switzerland and the USA as well as a worldwide network of local partners.

History

The roots of Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG go back to the company "Deutsche Steinzeug-Warenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft", founded in Mannheim-Friedrichsfeld in 1890, and Cremer & Breuer GmbH, founded in Frechen in 1906. Both companies were initially exclusively dedicated to manufacturing sewer construction goods made of clay. The production range was subsequently extended by adding the production of acid-resistant goods and apparatus made of clay for the chemicals industry. The companies quickly developed into the leading manufacturers of coarse ceramic products.

By 1926, Cremer & Breuer had acquired a majority stakeholding in Deutsche Steinzeug-Warenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft and prompted this company to acquire a majority involvement in "Annawerk Schamotte- und Tonwarenfabrik AG" in Oeslau at the beginning of the thirties; soon thereafter, Annawerk AG founded Buchtal AG in Schwarzenfeld/Oberpfalz. These participations led to a concern whose main field of operations was in coarse ceramics and included the manufacture of clay pipes, tiles and panels, as well as other products such as refractory materials, roof tiles, etc.

The intense need for clay pipes during the reconstruction phase in post-war Germany opened up great market opportunities for this product area. That is why the first investments were focused here.

At the same time, Buchtal AG specialized in ceramic tiles and panels and over the years became a specialist supplier in project ceramics. In order to boost competitiveness and to become an across-the-range ceramic supplier, Deutsche Steinzeug acquired the tile-manufacturing companies of the AGROB Group in 1992. Stakeholdings in the Czech company, Rakonické keramické závody akciová spolecnost a.s., Rakovnik, and LAUFEN-Fliesen GmbH were added in the following years. In 1997, the parent company, Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG once again took over operative management by merging the ceramic covering materials into the holding company.

1755 Establishment of a small faience factory in Bonn

Establishment of a small faience factory in Bonn, Germany, and thereby laying the cornerstone of the later Deutsche Steinzeug AG.

1755
1889 Gründung des Werkes Ostara in Meerbusch

Foundation of the Ostara factory in Meerbusch. Among other things, production of stoneware tiles. Foundation of the Witterschlick factory.

1889
1937 Founding of the Buchtal factory.

Founding of the Buchtal factory.

1937
1938 Introduction of the first slip-resistant tile of Ostara/Meerbusch.

Introduction of the first slip-resistant tile of Ostara/Meerbusch.

1938
1952 Establishment of today’s in-house planning department in Buchtal, Germany.

Establishment of today’s in-house planning department in Buchtal, Germany.

1952
1982 Introduction of Chroma.

Introduction of Chroma.

1982
1992 Merger of Deutsche Steinzeug and AGROB Wessel Servais.

Merger of Deutsche Steinzeug and AGROB Wessel Servais.

1992
1999 Commissioning of the first German porcelain stoneware plant at Sinzig.

Commissioning of the first German porcelain stoneware plant at Sinzig.

1999
2001 Market launch of the innovative Hydrotect coating (photocatalytic, hydrophilic coating).

Market launch of the innovative Hydrotect coating (photocatalytic, hydrophilic coating).

2001
2015 Introduction of ChromaPlural.

Introduction of ChromaPlural.

2015
2018 Market launch of the DryTile installation system

Market launch of the DryTile installation system

2018
Collaboration with Sebastian Herkner on the area pro series

Collaboration with Sebastian Herkner on the Area Pro series

2020

Lawyer of confidence

Appointment of a lawyer of confidence improves transparency

1. Objective
By the appointment of a lawyer of confidence Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG and its subsidiary companies contribute to the prevention of potential corruption. This appointment applies to Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG, AGROB BUCHTAL GmbH, Jasba Mosaik GmbH, Deutsche Steinzeug Immobilien GmbH & Co. KG, Deutsche Steinzeug France S.à.r.l., Deutsche Steinzeug Schweiz AG – jointly herein after called Deutsche Steinzeug.

A frank approach to potential corruption may be difficult to deal with for employees as well as for business partners of Deutsche Steinzeug. Persons who know of potential corruption in the company may be kept away from reporting or even charging the facts due to objections that may arouse from personal or business disadvantages.

By the appointment of a lawyer of confidence employees, business partners as well as other stakeholders shall be enabled to contribute to an investigation concerning potential corruption or even personally getting out of corruption and – should the occasion arise – not having to reveal their identity at the same time. Revealing the identity may become necessary in some very specific circumstances.

2. Duties of the lawyer of confidence
The lawyer of confidence accepts information from employees or business partners of Deutsche Steinzeug with the due discretion. These notifications may contain the suspicion of corruption or other serious offenses against Deutsche Steinzeug. His goal is to resolve corruption and to call the involved persons to account. The notifications are subject to the professional discretion of the lawyer of confidence. Nevertheless, he has to accept and record the given information. If the given information should contain a reasonable suspicion against employees, business partners or other stakeholders of Deutsche Steinzeug, the lawyer of confidence has to report the information to a committee in order to achieve further clarification of facts. This committee shall be nominated by Deutsche Steinzeug. If desired by the committee, the lawyer of confidence has to remain in touch with the informant, pursue additional investigation or give further reports.

3. Legal Status of the lawyer of confidence
The lawyer of confidence acts as an independent and autonomous attorney and is not subject to instructions of Deutsche Steinzeug, neither in legal nor in content respects. He decides on his own discretion whether and to what extent the given information shall be reported to the committee. If the lawyer has assured the informant of his confidentiality, he is not allowed to reveal his or her name and identity to Deutsche Steinzeug or any other third party.

4. Contact details
In order to get in touch with our lawyer of confidence, please use the following contact details:

Rechtsanwalt Gazi Alatas
Ebertplatz 9
50688 Cologne
Germany

Phone: 0221 99120-100
Fax: 0221 99120-109
Email: Info@kanzlei-alatas.de

The lawyer of confidence may be contacted in German, English and Turkish language.

Witterschlick, 10.04.2018

DEUTSCHE STEINZEUG
Cremer & Breuer AG