70 years of innovation


Our openness to recognize and to accept new challenges as well as modern manufacturing methods are the basis of our corporate success. It has always been important to us to offer future-proof solutions, which are optimally adapted to the respective requirements.

Based on the ingenious idea of the founder Friedrich Schiedel in 1946  – chimneys were not produced only of bricks any longer, but made of lightweight concrete block stones – Schiedel invented many other industry revolutionary developments. Our corporate milestones include the round chimney in 1966, the  Schiedel Isolierschornstein in 1985,  the universal ABSOLUT chimney in 1999 and the ABSOLUT thermal air for the air-independent use of fireplaces.


Senator Friedrich Schiedel – imposing entrepreneur

Far-sighted in his thinking, clear in his mind, energetic in his actions

The company was founded in 1946 by Senator Friedrich Schiedel,  later a honorary Senator of the Technical University of Munich, in Erbach near Ulm.

“Literally with two borrowed shovels and a borrowed wheelbarrow” as he always liked to tell, F. Schiedel built up his first individual Enterprise called Erbacher Bauwaren.

Already in 1947 he specialized his concrete factory in Erbach to a chimney factory which production range was specialized in 1951 only to the production of double-walled chimneys. The company produced from now on under the name of “Schiedel” having 17 employees. In 1952 the production of blockstones in Munich was started. From 1961 to 1966 Senator Schiedel built several manufacturing and distribution facilities in central areas of Germany and  started with an own production site in Austria in 1966. In 1971 a central administration building was built in Munich.

In the years 1971-1990 he expanded all business operations and was the single shareholder of Friedrich Schiedel Holding GmbH in Munich and the Friedrich Schiedel Holding Ges.m.b.H in Austria.

In 1990 ,he transferred the Schiedel Group Germany and in 1991 the Schiedel Group Austria to the Braas GmbH.

Schiedel started early transferring scientific research results and technological innovations into commercial practice. Not only the power of innovation and the expansion of his company or the progress in production technologies were important to Senator Schiedel. As a socially responsible and farsighted entrepreneur he always took care of adequate social benefits for his employees and their families.

Due to that Schiedel evolved step by step from the dedicated pioneer to an international market and innovation leader for heating and ventilation systems. Since July 1990, the shares have been transferred into the hands of the BRAAS Monier Building Group.


Historical development

Year Milestone
1946 Foundation Schiedel Germany by Senator Friedrich Schiedel
1967 Foundation Schiedel Austria
1990 Purchase of Schiedel by Braas / Redland (now BRAAS MONIER BUILDING GROUP)
1990 Start international expansion: East Europe (Organic growth and acquisition of small local providers)
1999 Acquisition of Vibralit, Italy
1999 Acquisition of Ulster Fireclays, UK/ North Ireland
2000 Acquisition of btg Schornsteinsysteme, Germany
2001 Acquisition of Isokern in Denmark/ Sweden
2001 Acquisition of Irish Stoneware, IRL
2004 Purchase of Ritevent Group, UK
2005 Acquisition of Bemal, BE
2006 Joint Venture with Earth Core Industries, USA buying Roka Cz (steel chimney production Teplice)
2006 Aquisition of Roka, CZ (steel chimney production in Teplice)
2011 Sale of the minority interest in Earth Core Industries, USA
2014 Listing of BRAAS MONIER BUILDING GROUP on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
2016 Acquisition of Ontop Metaloterm NL, DE, PL
2017 Part of the BMI Group,a combination of Braas Monier and Icopal, the largest manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions throughout Europe
2018 Stand-alone operation as part of Standard Industries family of companies

Schiedel's history in the UK

1967 Incorporated as Rite Vent
1968 Manufacturing plant established in Washington
B Vent range launched
1970 Introduced Triplelock flue liner
1973 20,000 sq. ft. purpose-built factory established at Washington
ICID and ICIC launched
1974 Acquired Ventlane from Bowater
1982 Acquired George Kraemer and its geographic network and steel-flex
1983 Acquired Park Sectional
1985 Rite-Vent moved to 100,000 sq. ft. plant at Washington
1987 Chimflex launched
1990 Prima Plus launched
1994 Weil Machine introduced
1996 ICS launched
1999 Schiedel acquired Ulster Fireclays – Ceramic Production Plant in Northern Ireland
2000 Gastec Approval received
Schiedel acquired Irish Stoneware – Ceramic Production Plant in Republic of Ireland
2001 Schiedel acquired Isokern
Launched the Schiedel Swift Chimney System range
2004 Schiedel acquired Rite-Vent
2008 TecnoFlex launched
2011 Screwfit Adaptors launched
2012 Won Best Flueing and Ventilation Award at Hearth & Home
Tecnoflex Plus launched
Prima Smooth launched
Laser Cutter machine introduced
2014 Schiedel Isokern moved from Ferndown to Poole
2015 Protect Box and Ignis Protect launched
Won Best Flueing and Ventilation Award at Hearth & Home
2017 50th Anniversary
Won Best Flueing and Ventilation Award at Hearth & Home
Awarded Factory Excellence for the 5th Year
Weil Flexistar Machine introduced
2018 Isokern Garden Fireplace launched
Opus ScanFire launched