About the Group
SWISS KRONO Group, with its head office in Lucerne/Switzerland, is the world's leading manufacturer of wood-based materials. The company provides an extensive range in the interiors, flooring and building materials sectors. SWISS KRONO Group generated a turnover of CHF 2.0 billion for the 2017/2018 financial year. The group of companies employs around 5,100 employees at ten production sites across the globe. The eight national companies in the SWISS KRONO Group operate in Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. Their products are distributed in 120 countries.
The family company has stood for products of the highest quality and an outstanding price-performance ratio for more than 50 years. As experts in wood-based materials, SWISS KRONO Group understands the needs of its clients and therefore meets specialised retailer, processor, planner and end user requirements across the world. For the predominant majority of products, all production steps are executed by SWISS KRONO Group, from selecting suitable wood through to finishing. Consistent quality under a brand name is therefore guaranteed worldwide.
For the most part, the national companies operating independently on the market are the winning formula for innovation. In line with the SWISS KRONO Way of Doing Things, experiences are shared between national companies on a regular basis and successful new developments transferred to other markets. This strategy has proven successful time and time again for setting new standards in matters of design, feel and value.
The group of companies acquires its raw materials exclusively from sustainable wood sources. The production processes in all of the plants are subject to the highest efficiency standards and are regularly assessed by independent institutions. As a group of companies operating internationally, SWISS KRONO Group continues to work on improving all production and business processes in both technical and ecological matters. The company thereby continues to invest in the further development of its existing plants.
SWISS KRONO GROUP's roots lie in the company founded in 1966 by Ernst Kaindl in Menznau/Switzerland. With entrepreneurial acumen and vision, he developed the cornerstone for today's group of companies with a global profile. The first plant was opened outside of Switzerland in France more than 30 years ago. This was followed by branches in Germany, Poland and the USA. The turn of the millennium saw three plants in Ukraine and sites in Russia and Hungary.
The values of company founder Ernst Kaindl are still prevalent for SWISS KRONO Group today. His daughter Ines Kaindl-Benes heads the group of companies in the second generation as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Martin Brettenthaler, CEO and President of the Executive Committee runs the operating businesses.