More than 100 years of Steuler


was the start of the future for Steuler-Industriewerke with the development of the world's first acid-resistant cement (potassium water glass cement). This innovation paved the way for Georg Steuler to build chemical plants with large-scale technology.

At the beginning of the past century, there were bottlenecks in the supply of foodstuffs. German farmers simply did not have enough fertiliser. For fertilisers, you need nitrogen, and for nitrogen you need saltpetre (nitre), and not enough of that was available. Georg Steuler dealt with this problem. His plan: building condensation plants to produce nitric acid. His accomplishment: He constructed the first “Steuler Tower” using the acid-resistant cement he developed and thus made it possible to produce both nitric and sulphuric acid on a large industrial scale. Georg Steuler therefore revolutionised acid protection engineering that first made the construction of large-volume tanks and equipment for the chemical industry possible.

Today, the industrial company Steuler is a specialist for innovative material developments and lining technologies and one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial corrosion protection as well as plant construction and environmental technology. A further focus is the Steuler Tile Group which produces premium-quality tiles and markets them internationally.

The spirit of the founder lives on: recognising chances, solving problems, push forward with new developments – progress at Steuler has a long tradition and has been the company's focus for over 100 years now.


Construction of a factory building in Höhr-Grenzhausen holding one furnace. In-house manufacture of acid-resistant brick begins; in a subsequent development step, there follows the production of refractory grades of brick.


Steuler receives an export order for four reaction towers and three acid tanks for the USA (South Carolina); also included for delivery – acid-resistant brick and cement material as well as an engineer and eight installers.


16 furnaces in operation in Höhr-Grenzhausen. 


Clay pit and fire clay factory in Siershahn are acquired. Construction of a staff cafeteria in Höhr-Grenzhausen, today used as the factory canteen.


Establishment of the second company focus: purchase of a all panelling factory in Mühlacker – today the tile company Steuler-Fliesen GmbH.


A Rhineland pottery company in Höhr-Grenzhausen is taken over – known as Steuler Ceramics Works. Acid-resistant packing rings for absorption towers are produced, later production is converted back to stoneware crockery.


The first company housing for staff and their families is built.


Production at Mühlacker is changed from household tableware to the manufacture of wall tiles.


Establishment of the Georg Steuler Support Society whose members receive aid in the event of illness or disability


In Mühlacker, the first spray tower is commissioned to dry masses for the manufacture of tiles in Germany.


First non-shrink polyester cement


Expansion: Steuler Plant Construction is expanded as its own, independent business unit.


Establishment of the unit for Plastics Engineering to employ technical plastic in corrosion protection.


In the Mühlacker plant, the first enamelling and rapid firing furnaces are built to achieve greater flow rates in production.


Steuler brings together the construction materials concrete and plastic to create the thermoplastic lining Bekaplast; development of the liquid film Oxydur UP 82.


Free-standing ceramic domed grids for reaction towers are patented.


Development of SCR catalysts 


Development of bundled honeycomb tubes for electric filters


Development of refractory chrome corundum brick for toxic waste incineration plants. In Mühlacker, the first line of tiles, “The Young Bathroom” is launched.


Development of a membrane process for waste-water free pickling plants. Innovation at Mühlacker: laser technology allows holes to be cut in tiles to insert all manner of ornamentation – for the first time on earth.


Steuler Plant Construction develops waste-water free flue gas plants in accordance with BIMSchV


Steuler develops the world's first thermoplastic double-wall system, Bekaplast DWS


First electro-filter bundle made of thermoplastic materials. Acquisition of Didier Säurebau GmbH


The tile works of the Kerateam GmbH & Co. KG is set up in Leisnig .


Steuler acquires the majority shareholding in the Norddeutsche Steingut AG and establishes Steuler Maroc S.A.R.L. in Morocco. Development and deployment of corrosion-resistant spray coatings


Steuler Tecnica S. L. is founded in Spain. First use of thermoplastic linings in flue gas scrubbers


The subsidiary Steuler do Brasil Ltda is acquired. Tile production gets started at the NordCeram GmbH Co. KG .


The establishment of Steuler Nordic AB in Sweden further expands the international market for corrosion protection.


Development of wet electro-filter bundles with conductive interior walls


Steuler Industrieller Korrosionsschutz GmbH is established and positions itself as a full-service suppliers of refractory, surface-protective systems and plastics technologies from one source. Establishment of Steuler Industrial Corrosion Protection Pty. in Australia.


In the refractory plant, a fourth state-of-the-art shuttle kiln is installed.


Steuler-Industriewerke GmbH celebrates its centenary.  Steuler-Fliesen GmbH moves into new offices and showrooms. Steuler Anlagenbau GmbH & Co. KG receives additional office and conference space in a new extension.


Integration of Keramchemie's core business "industrial corrosion protection" into the Steuler Group and bundling of the entire corrosion protection division under the new company name STEULER-KCH GmbH. The merging of subsidiaries specialising in acid-resistant construction in Austria, Poland, Italy and China with existing units in Australia, France, Sweden, Spain, Morocco and Mexico make STEULER-KCH a global provider of industrial linings, equipment and swimming pool construction services. Steuler-Fliesen invests in new tile presses. Introduction of Germany's FIRST digital direct-printing process for ceramic tiles at Nordceram, Bremerhaven.


Launch of the fourth tile production line at Kerateam, Leisnig. At the site in Mühlacker an entirely new décor system for large-format tiles is created. Construction of new filling machines and additional buildings in the Corrosion-Protection Materials production area, Höhr-Grenzhausen.


A new assembly and warehouse depot is being built at the Siershahn production plant
to handle STEULER-KCH projects. An additional high-temperature furnace is being constructed in the refractory production facility at Höhr-Grenzhausen. Steuler is taking over the Bilbao-based Spanish installation company Tecresa and incorporating the firm into its own international network of subsidiaries in the business of industrial lining systems.


The new BEKAPLAST AQUA-LINING 400 product line was successfully established in the market place. At the Kerateam tile factory in Leisnig, investment has been made in sorting and glazing systems along with introduction of the 20x50 format. At Shanghai Steuler-KCH Anticorrosion Engineering Co., Ltd., China’s biggest autoclave is going into operation.


A new plastics technology production facility is being built in Mogendorf. New fine-stoneware brand gres|steuler is being established. Start-up of a new press and another digital printer at NordCeram. Investments in Höhr-Grenzhausen include a new hydraulic press while continued progress is being made with automization in the production of ceramic materials.


Investment at the company headquarters in Höhr-Grenzhausen makes possible the firing of nitride-bonded refractory bricks in a nitrogen atmosphere. The new "Vocational Training Workshop" allows practical training courses and examinations to be held under realistic conditions. With 15 different trades that require formal training and degree courses as well as numerous vocational training courses on offer, Steuler is one of the most sought-after employers in the region. STEULER-KCH has been awarded the largest order in the company's history so far: the lining of a phosphoric acid plant in Saudi Arabia.


2016 sees STEULER-KCH Schwimmbadbau launching BEKAPOOL, a composite material system composed of concrete and plastic for lining swimming pools. Steuler Anlagenbau's first wastewater-free pickling plants (ZLD - Zero Liquid Discharge) go into operation in India and China. The KERATEAM and Steuler Fliesen sales teams join forces to jointly develop the tile market as Team Steuler. The company invests in digital printing equipment in Mühlacker and Leisnig, a dry rectifying system for wall tiles in Leisning and a new glaze mill in Bremerhaven. The Polish corrosion protection unit moves into a new building and the Steuler Group expands its portfolio with the acquisition of CTI Europe, a specialist manufacturer of electrolysis cells made from concrete polymer composite.


2017 begins with yet another addition to the portfolio: The company is launching "Recover - Recycle - Renew", a new concept for sustainable refractory management, with the sale of MagCarbon bricks for the steel industry. With the takeover of Westerwälder Thonindustrie in Breitscheid Steuler gains a new site for manufacturing refractories.