The history of KLINGER
Discover the history of KLINGER: Your industry partner for the leakage-free transport of liquids & gas since 1886
As the son of a building constructor, Richard Klinger loved technological progress and engineering: as a boy, he was already a tinkerer, going on to study Mechanical Engineering in Vienna. In 1886, he founded a workshop, thus laying the foundation for the Klinger family's industrial activities. Today, more than 130 years later, KLINGER is represented by 45 operating companies in over 60 countries worldwide.
Throughout all five generations, the members of the family have been committed above all to the development and future of the company.
1886 – 1928
- 1886: The young engineer Richard Klinger opens a small engineering workshop in Vienna.
- 1891: Richard Klinger invents the reflex level gauge.
- 1893: The plant in Gumpoldskirchen is put into operation.
- 1898: Creation of Klingerit, the revolutionary calendared compressed fiber gasket material.
- 1922: KLINGER manufactures the first valve with an elastic, replaceable sealing system for the high temperature range. With the KLINGER piston valve, the standard industrial valve was invented.
1928 – 1957
- Karl Klinger takes over the business.
- 1924-1931: Further development of the sealing segment: the cylinder-head gasket "Klingerit 1000", the alkaline gasket "Acidit", and the oil-resistant gasket "Oilit".
- 1928: The development of seals for internal combustion engines opens up a new market segment - the production of brake pads.
- With the beginning of World War II, the KLINGER factories are forced to switch to armaments production. In 1945, all transportable machines were dismantled by Russian troops. In 1947, regular production is resumed.
1957 – 1984
- Hubert Klinger-Lohr becomes the new managing director of the KLINGER Group.
- Expansion of manufacturing sites and build-up of a European distribution network with 24/7 service.
- 1968: Production of large industrial-scale ball valves: KLINGER Ballostar, a star product that is still used today in numerous district heating plants worldwide.
- 1982: Development of PTFE sealing materials and introduction of KLINGERSIL, the world's first asbestos-free jointing material. In the coming years KLINGERSIL replaces Klingerit on the market.
1984 – 2010
- Thomas Klinger-Lohr is the fourth generation to lead the company.
- Merger of the automotive segment with the German market leader Elring.
- Introduction of a revolutionary high-temperature sealing material: KLINGER Quantum.
- Opening of new subsidiaries in Russia, Thailand and China.
2010 until now
- 2010-2015: Heinz Scharl (CEO) and Peter Müller (CFO) lead the KLINGER Group.
- Strategic acquisitions in target segments. Focus on services and organic growth outside of Europe.
- 2015 – 2017: The KLINGER Group Management Board, consisting of Daniel Schibli (CEO) and Peter Müller (CFO), takes over the management of the KLINGER Group.
- In 2018, Christoph Klinger-Lohr joins the KLINGER Group Management Board as CEO.
- By the time the company celebrates its 135th anniversary in 2021, the KLINGER Group consists of 45 entities in more than 60 countries worldwide.