Company Facts

Philosophy

REHAU delivers "Unlimited Polymer Solutions" and is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in building solutions, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. We are already directing our developments toward such future-significant topics as energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management, mobility and future living. Over 20,000 employees at over 170 locations around the world ensure the success of the independent and privately held company.

Founding of the Company
Founded in 1948 in the Bavarian town of Rehau, the company found many opportunities to replace traditional materials with more effective, polymer-based materials. Initial products included shoe welting, garden hose and automotive components.

In 1962 REHAU opened its first UK Sales Office and warehouse in Slough, Berkshire, a sales office in Manchester followed in 1969.

With REHAU UK's continuing expansion, this lead to the opening of 2 production facilities, Almlwch in 1975 and Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1979.
The expansion lead to the relocation of the UK Head Office to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire in 1995.

In 2000, company founder Helmut Wagner transferred control of the company to his sons. Jobst Wagner became President of the Board of Directors and Dr. Veit Wagner became Vice President.

Development
At first, REHAU successfully established itself in Germany and the surrounding countries. It soon expanded throughout Europe and then to North America and Asia/Australia. Today REHAU is represented worldwide in more than 54 countries.

Future
By focusing on medium- and long-term goals, rather than emphasising short-term profits, REHAU will remain an independent and reliable business partner. With an emphasis on stable growth, the company targets industries and regions that promise long-term potential.

Business Segments


Building Solutions: As a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions to construction, REHAU systematically addresses sustainable design priorities by enhancing comfort and convenience, reducing energy costs, creating healthy and safe environments, and conserving finite resources. REHAU’s products and systems for the window and door, heating and plumbing, and pipe markets complement each other in integrated solutions that optimise performance.

Automotive: As a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions to automotive, REHAU systematically optimises design, comfort and safety for drivers and passengers. With key programs including exterior components such as bumpers and fenders, intelligent modules for water and air management, and thermoplastic sealing systems, REHAU is a worldwide premium supplier to all major automotive manufacturers.

Industry: As a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions to industry, REHAU systematically enhances function, design and comfort. From furniture to appliance to transportation, REHAU offers standard products and customer-specific solutions that offer unique performance and design features and integrate seamlessly into its customers’ production environments.

Customer Support
REHAU is dedicated to ensuring product satisfaction and to strengthening the position of its partners in the market place. This is achieved through customer support services including applications engineering, stringent quality control standards, just-in-time and sequenced deliveries, EDI and e-Business systems, and REHAU Academy training courses.

Quality Management
REHAU’s quality management system is based on a range of demanding requirements, including those stipulated by ISO 9002, QS 9000, Ford Q1 and the ISO 14001 environmental management system.

Research and Innovation
Based on industry-specific, customer-oriented research, REHAU develops materials, formulas and procedures suitable for series production. Through successful collaboration of applications engineers, laboratory technicians, process engineers, and tooling and machinery design specialists, REHAU provides significant benefit to its customers.

Employees
UK and Ireland: more than 500
Worldwide: Over 20,000

Locations
UK and Ireland: 5 sales offices, 2 factories,1 central distribution warehouse, 1 administration office
Worldwide: 129 sales offices, 41 plants, 16 administrative offices