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1921 Ludwig Neumann founds "First Austrian Porcelain Factory", which specializes in manufacturing high, medium and low-voltage insulators. In addition to the production of industrial ceramics, porcelain tableware was made at Frauental until 1952. 

 

1969 The capacitor product range is sold to Siemens. Production is relocated to a new capacitor factory in Deutschlandsberg in 1971.

 

1974 The company is sold to the Swedish EUROC buildings materials group, ushering in a period of innovations and new product lines 

 

1985 Frauenthal starts manufacturing SCR catalysts, marking the company’s entry to the environmental market. Non-catalytic honeycomb products — heat storage media and casting filters — are subsequently developed and successfully launched.

 

1990 A buy-out by the Swedish management results in the takeover of Frauenthal Keramik AG and the formation of the Ceram Group, which grows to become the world’s second-largest porcelain insulator manufacturer.

 

1991 Frauenthal Keramik AG (later renamed Frauenthal Holding AG) is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange.

  

1996 The Frauenthal Keramik Group merges with Tridelta Technische Keramik GmbH to form the Ceram Holding Group, based in Jena, Germany. The merged company is the European market leader in porcelain insulators for high and ultra-high voltage applications.

 

1998 Ventana (now FVV Frauenthal Vermögensverwaltung Wien) acquires a 75.1% stake in the Ceram Group.

 

2001 The insulator business is sold to The Riverside Company, an American investment firm.  Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal’s insulator operations are spun off into the newly formed Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal Insulators GmbH (now PPC-Insulators Austria GmbH).

 

Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH is transferred to Frauenthal Holding AG. Catalysts and non-catalytic honeycomb ceramics become Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH’s two main lines of business. Also in 2001, CERAM Environmental Inc. is founded in the United States as a wholly owned subsidiary of Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH. The subsidiary company specializes in catalyst applications engineering, project support, and catalyst/SCR system catalyst management service.

 

2002 The group is reorganized as a holding company for industrial investments – Frauenthal Holding AG.

 

2005 Start of volume production of SCR diesel catalysts for commercial vehicles and successful market launch. The new catalysts can reduce NOx emissions from diesel engines by up to 90%. The Frauenthal SCR diesel catalyst functions on the same principle as the established SCR technology employed in power stations. This paves the way for the use of exhaust gas treatment systems in heavy commercial vehicles, enabling them to comply with NOx emission limits set by the Euro 4 and Euro 5 standards. 

2006 A new diesel catalyst factory is built at the Frauental site. The diesel catalyst business is incorporated in the Automotive Components Division so as to leverage customer synergies.

 

2007 CERAM Frauenthal Korea Co., Ltd., a fully-owned sales subsidiary of Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH, is established in Seoul to supply the Asian market.

 

2009 Ceram Catalysts GmbH merges with Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH in a move intended to exploit synergies existing between the bussinesses.

During the same year a new Metalworking Center opens at the Frauental site.

 

2010 Frauenthal begins manufacturing plate catalysts for power stations. This product is particularly suited to very high dust loading projects and for clients with general preference for plate type catalysts.

 

2011 Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH celebrates its 90th anniversary.

 

2012 Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH is sold to IBIDEN European Holdings B.V. and the company changed into IBIDEN Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH.

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