HISTORY – 75 years of Schiedel
With 75 years of market experience, Schiedel stands for long-lasting, well-engineered complete systems, intelligent assembly solutions and customer-oriented service. Our products – chimneys, fireplaces and ventilation solutions – give our customers security, comfort and independence and enable energy-efficient heating and ventilation.
In 2021 we will celebrate our 75th anniversary. A long time in which Schiedel produced many important innovations and developments. Today, we look back with pride on what we have achieved and always have the incentive to achieve even more and to kindle the fire with our partners, customers and employees in the future.
Chimneys, stoves and ventilation solutions engineered for your life.
1946 Friedrich Schiedel founded the Erbacher Bauwaren company in Erbach near Ulm. As early as 1947 he was specializing his concrete plant in Erbach into a chimney plant, the production range of which was reduced in 1951 to the manufacture of double-walled chimneys. From now on, the company produced under the name “Schiedel” with 17 employees on its own land. In 1952 the production of chimneys was started in Munich. In the years from 1961 to 1966, Senator Friedrich Schiedel built several production and sales facilities in the metropolitan areas of Germany and in 1966 also in Nussbach in Austria.
In 1971 a central administration building was built in Munich. In the years from 1971 to 1990 he continued to expand the business, he was the sole shareholder of Friedrich Schiedel Holding GmbH in Austria. In 1990 he transferred the Schiedel group of companies in Germany and in 1991 the one in Austria to Braas GmbH. Today, Schiedel is represented in over 25 countries and operates 20 ceramic and steel plants.
Based on the ingenious idea of the founder Friedrich Schiedel in 1946 – to manufacture chimneys no longer just from bricks, but from lightweight concrete blocks – Schiedel created many other industry-revolutionary developments.
Our corporate milestones include the round chimney in 1966, the insulating chimney in 1985, the universal ABSOLUT chimney in 1999, the ABSOLUT thermal air draft for the room-air-independent operation of individual fireplaces as well as the combination of our innovative shaft-integrated and room-air independent stove insert KINGFIRE.
Friedrich Schiedel (born September 13, 1913 – † March 28, 2001, in Grünburg) was born in 1913 in Bad Wurzach (former: Baierz) in modest circumstances. After completing his A-levels in 1931, he began studying engineering in civil engineering and road construction. After the end of the war, he founded the Erbacher Bauwaren company in Erbach near Ulm in 1946. This happened, as he always liked to report, “literally with two borrowed shovels and a borrowed wheelbarrow”. In the following years, the small business grew into an economically strong and successful group of companies with a total of 17 plants. From 1951 the Erbacher Bauwaren produced under the name “Schiedel”.
Friedrich Schiedel advocated the transfer of scientific research results and technological innovations into economic practice at an early stage. But not only the innovative strength and the upswing of his company or the progress in production technologies were important to him. As a socially responsible and far-sighted entrepreneur, he always paid attention to adequate social benefits for his employees and their families, which is still the philosophy of the company today.
Through his extensive commitment as an entrepreneur, he has received numerous honors: For his socially committed and entrepreneurial work, he has received numerous awards, including the Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Austria (1975), the Great Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria (1978) and the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1983), as well as the Great Silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria (1989), the Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg (1992) and the Bavarian Order of Merit (1996). He also received honorary citizenship of the cities of Hauerz / Bad Wurzach (1971), Puchschlag / Schwabhausen (1971) and Markt Schöllnach in the Bavarian Forest (1977). In 1971 Friedrich Schiedel was also made an honorary senator of the Technical University (TU) of Munich, with which his company worked closely.
“I literally started with two borrowed shovels and a borrowed wheelbarrow.”
———— Senator Friedrich Schiedel, founder—————
Fire and air, water and earth are the elements that make up all being and to which we feel particularly connected. Because Schiedel, as Europe’s leading manufacturer of chimney and exhaust systems, stands for heating and ventilation and thus for more quality of life and living comfort.
With experience and passion, we create future-proof chimneys, stoves and ventilation solutions to bring cosiness into the home and efficiency in industrial buildings.
INNOVATIVE for 75 years
What our company founder and namesake Friedrich Schiedel built in 1946 with two borrowed shovels and a borrowed wheelbarrow is crowned with success. Far-sighted in his thinking, clear in his imagination, energetic in his actions, this is how one can describe Friedrich Schiedel’s concept and the story shows that his vision comes true. His first factory for pre-fabricated chimneys was built in Erbach near Ulm. In 1967 Friedrich Schiedel then opened the “Schiedel Kaminwerke” in Austria. His entrepreneurial spirit, know-how, perseverance and a competent team of employees have leveled the basis for further success. The company grew, expanded its locations, sales structures and business areas. Today, Schiedel is the undisputed number 1 in Europe for highly energy-efficient chimney systems, integrated stove solutions and ventilation solutions.
Based on the ingenious idea of the founder Friedrich Schiedel in 1946 – to manufacture chimneys no longer just from bricks, but from lightweight concrete blocks – Schiedel created many other developments that were revolutionary in the industry. Our corporate milestones include the round chimney in 1966, the insulating chimney in 1985, the universal ABSOLUT chimney in 1999 and the ABSOLUT thermal draft for the operation of individual fireplaces that are independent of the ambient air.