History

Xella is a young company, which introduced itself for the first time at the BAU Trade Fair in Munich in 2003. Xella resulted from a merger between the Duisburg company, Haniel-Bau Industrie GmbH and the Munich company, Ytong AG with Fels-Werke GmbH in Goslar. Today headquarters are located in Duisburg

1929

Beginning of commercial production of AAC in Yxhult, about 200 kilometers west of Stockholm (Sweden). The first blocks were sold under the name Yxhults Anghärdade Gasbetong, from which the brand name Ytong was derived.

1940s

Origins of the Hebel brand in Germany, when Josef Hebel developed a patented steel-reinforced AAC product and started the first factory for industrial production of construction elements for walls, ceilings and roofs.

1948

Haniel commenced the trade with building materials; Xella’s business has its origin in the trading and construction activities of the Haniel Group (the Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH and its affiliates and subsidiaries).

1951 / 1952

In Germany, the production of Ytong blocks began in Salzgitter and Messel.

1951

Haniel began production of pumice stones.

1956

Haniel began production of calcium silicate units commenced by way of an acquisition.

1994

Haniel Group implemented a portfolio restructuring program and disposed of its non-core activities followed by a strategic initiative to establish a stronger position in the market for wall-building materials. This consolidation process in the German wall-building materials market initiated by the Haniel Group included several acquisitions of mid-size German CSU manufacturers.

2001

Acquisition of the Fels/Hebel group and the Ytong group. This complemented and strengthened the product portfolio of wall-building materials with the established Ytong and Hebel brands, increased the degree of vertical integration (with the lime activities of Fels), extended the product and market portfolio with gypsum fiberboards with the Fermacell activities and brand and expanded its international presence.

2003

Introduction of Xella brand and launch at the Munich BAU Trade Fair.

2004 - 2013

Xella continued the global expansion focusing on Asian and Central and Eastern European countries during this time. In the Building Materials business segment Xella acquired or established 27 plants between 2004 and 2015, the majority of which are located in Central and Eastern Europe, China and the Americas. In particular, in 2012 Xella acquired an AAC plant in the Czech Republic in our Building Materials segment and an unfinished gypsum fiber board plant in Orejo, Spain, which started operation in May 2013, in the Dry Lining business segment.

2008

Haniel sold the Group to funds managed by PAI Partners and Investment Funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs.

2014 – 2016 

Xella executed a comprehensive optimization program. Within the program production facilities have been optimized by investments and process improvements; costs have been reduced. Thereby Xella laid the foundation for continuous improvement.

2016

PAI Partners and Goldman Sachs agree sale of the Xella Group to Lone Star, Xella’s current indirect shareholders.