The company was founded in 1928
by Otto KNECHT as a construction enterprise at the group headquarters in Metzingen, Germany.
What began as an individual enterprise is today a highly capable medium-sized company with activities throughout Europe that is still family-owned.
Managing Director is Mr. Rainer Knecht.
Since 2007, entered in place of Mr Günter Knecht, Mr. Jürgen Maute in the management of Otto Knecht GmbH & Co. KG , he has been operating since 2001in the company.
The company's divisions range from prefabricated concrete parts to prefabricated cellar construction, modular construction and a special product range: greenhouse units made of CNC-machined metal.
The group of companies operates a number of production and sales branches in Germany and Switzerland with nearly 230 employees. The products are marketed throughout Germany and the rest of Europ.
Founded by Otto KNECHT as a construction enterprise at the current headquarters in Metzingen. Start of production of chimney blocks, hollow blocks, stairway steps and small prefabricated concrete parts.
Supplying gardening companies with hotbed boxes and plant tables of prefabricated concrete filigree parts.
Production and assembly of the first prefabricated cellar for in-house use. In the following years this division was expanded more and more and a separate production shop was constructed.
Foundation of an independent production plant for the greenhouse unit division. Since then production has been converted almost exclusively to metal. The marketing region has been expanded to all of Europe and Russia.
Further development of the cellar construction division and supplying of prefabricated concrete elements for building construction and civil engineering. In the following years a number of patents and utility models were registered. With regard to the grade and quality of production and products and optimisation of processes, in 1988 a voluntary commitment was made to internal and external monitoring (RAL quality symbol for prefabricated cellars).
Together with other concrete plants the FEDU GmbH was established for the joint distribution of the prefabricated concrete elements.
Founding of the subsidiary KNECHT Kellerbau AG in Switzerland. In the following years, additional assembly and sales branches were added in Eastern Germany and in Westerwald.
A further increase in quality through the introduction of a quality management system and certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001. In the same year the company Systembau KNECHT was founded to develop the field of turnkey industrial and commercial construction.
Entry into operation of an additional patent, an automated production facility for the manufacture of reinforcing elements, at the main plant in Metzingen.
KNECHT also attracted attention in the Far East. Visit by a group of manufacturing industry engineers from Hong Kong.
KNECHT celebrates: 75 years of the KNECHT company 40 years of KNECHT cellar construction with over 35,000 cellars produced
Expansion of the cellar construction division with the first projects in France and Luxembourg. Registration for a patent for another new development: the ComfortPlus system – for finishing a cellar subsequently. Visit to the Metzingen headquarters – cellar construction division – by a delegation of Japanese architects.
Entry into the English market with the partner company eccobuild; joint appearance at the "Grand Designs Live" trade fair in London. First projects in Ireland and Scotland New development: custom garage solutions – also with basements.
KNECHT celebrates: 40 years Knecht - cellar constructions with more than 35 000 produced cellars.
80. company's anniversary
KNECHT – Kellerbau receives the Creative Award 2010 – the innovative prefabricated house prize for the development of the climate-plus wall, as part of the Golden Cube Award – important German prefabricated house prize awarded by the trade magazine publisher Stuttgart.
30 years Gütegemeinschaft Fertigkeller (GÜF). As part of the intelligent building forum, Mr. Rainer Knecht was honoured for his services as fellow founder of the GÜF. The GÜF ensures exceptional quality standards in prefabricated cellar construction and, with the RAL quality mark for quality control, enjoys a good reputation in the industry.
The climate-plus wall by KNECHT received another award. This year’s award ceremony for the innovation prize given by the Kreissparkasse Reutlingen foundation for supporting innovative trade achievements saw KNECHT in 3rd place position!
The KNECHT Group mourns the loss of their former managing director, Mr Günter Knecht, who died at 07.07.12.
Integration of KNECHT manufaktur in the Otto Knecht GmbH & Co. KG. The KNECHT manfuaktur provides individual products and small series of high performance concrete.