Fact Sheet

REHAU is a global leader in polymer solutions for construction, automotive and industry. Around the world, we offer our customers in every market innovative system solutions and outstanding service from a single source. Even today, we are already directing our developments toward such future-significant topics as energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management, mobility and future living. With approximately 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations, our independent privately held corporation has assumed a leadership role as an innovation driver and solution provider.

Company Building in 1948: Fränkische Lederfabrik

Founding of Company

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

REHAU established a North American division in Montreal called Plasticana in 1959, which initially sold products including tires, tiles and handrails. The North American headquarters moved to Leesburg, Virginia, in 1979.

In 2000, company founder Helmut Wagner transferred control of the company to his sons. Jobst Wagner became president of the REHAU Group and Dr. Veit Wagner became vice president.

Development
During our first decade, REHAU was successful in establishing its business in Germany and Austria. This was followed by expansion throughout Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Today, REHAU is represented worldwide in more than 50 countries.

Structure
REHAU conducts business throughout the world, tailoring its products and services to the demands of each region. Geographically, the REHAU Group is divided into eight regions.

  • Region Central Europe (CE): central Europe including Germany, Poland, the Baltic - Region, Finland and export operations to countries without local REHAU representation
  • Region Southeast Europe (SE): southeast Europe including Greece, the Czech Republic and Turkey
  • Region South (SO): southern Europe, South America and parts of North Africa
  • Region East (EA): Russia, Belarus and Turkic countries
  • Region Western Europe (WE): France, Switzerland, Benelux and parts of North Africa
  • Region Great Britain, Scandinavia, South Africa (GS): Great Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia excluding Finland, South Africa
  • Region Asia and Australia (AA): Asia and Australia
  • Region North America (NA): United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America


Future
By focusing on medium- and long-term goals rather than on 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.

The Group headquarters is in Muri, Switzerland. The North American headquarters is in Leesburg, Virginia.

Business Segments

Construction
As a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions to construction, REHAU addresses sustainable design priorities by engineering products that enhance comfort and convenience, reduce energy costs, create healthy and safe environments, and conserve finite resources. REHAU’s products and systems for the window and door, heating and plumbing, and pipe markets complement each other in integrated high-performance solutions.

Automotive
REHAU optimizes design, comfort and safety as a creative development partner to the automotive industry. With key programs including exterior components such as bumpers and fenders, intelligent modules for water management, and thermoplastic sealing systems, REHAU is a worldwide premium supplier to all major automotive manufacturers.

Industry
With its polymer-based innovations, REHAU is a leading supplier of products and systems to industry. From furniture to appliance to transportation, REHAU solutions offer unique performance and design features that integrate seamlessly into its customers’ production environments.

REHAU Academy
REHAU Academy is the central knowledge institute for our system solutions in construction and industry. We honor our promise of quality by continually offering targeted training to architects, craftsmen, retailers and sales personnel so they are able to develop in-depth knowledge of our solutions. Courses are held regularly at our training centers, at REHAU sales offices and even directly at our customers' locations.

Research and Innovation
Based on industry-specific, customer-oriented research, REHAU develops materials, formulas and processes 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 our customers.

Innovation Highlights

  • 1968 Begins production of crosslinked polyethylene (PEXa) pipe, the technology currently used in heating and geothermal applications
  • 1976 Introduces first welded vinyl window system to North America
  • 1996 Supplies first Mercedes vehicle produced in North America
  • 2003 Introduces RAUPANELTM dry-panel installation system for radiant heating
  • 2005 Receives patent for windshield molding design that eliminates micro-cracking at the windshield’s edge
  • 2006 Participates in the construction of the first German Passivhaus in North America, Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota
  • 2007 Introduces Ski-Line, an innovative ski jumping track system that combines summer and winter tracks into a single module
  • 2008 Introduces GENEO®, a fully reinforced window profile system made from the high-tech material RAUFIPRO®
  • 2009 Introduces REHAU ECOAIRTM, an air to ground heat exchange system for the preconditioning and dehumidification of residential and commercial ventilation
  • 2009 Replaces traditional materials with polymers in RELAZZOTM terrace system, based on RAU-WOOD wood-polymer composite material, and RAUTITANTM polymer fitting system
  • 2010 Completes REHAU heat pump program for heating and cooling
  • 2011 Awarded Bavarian Quality Prize in the Industry category for outstanding process and product quality as well as for an innovative company-wide quality assurance concept; recognized by the Bavarian State Government for active protection of environment and health
  • 2011 Develops ULTRALITEC, a new type of production process that combines fibers with thermoplastic using a special compression molding and laying technique
  • 2013 REHAU approaches the status of full-range supplier for the furniture industry with its new laminate RAUVISIO
  • 2015 GENEO INOVENT – The window that ventilates while closed thanks to an integrated ventilation system and therefore reduces energy losses.

  • 2015 REHAU presents an innovative bicycle frame concept called nam:e which allows frames of e-bikes to be industrially manufactured in Germany and which captivates with individual designs as well functions and surprising features which can be integrated.


Employees

  • Americas: approximately 3,000
  • Worldwide: approximately 20,000

Locations

  • Americas: 26 locations including sales and administrative offices and plants (8)
  • Worldwide: more than 170 locations, 40 plants and 110 sales offices

Management

  • Mr. Christian Fabian, CEO
  • Mr. Terry Barnaby, vice president, Operations
  • Mr. Theo Haast, CFO