Introduction to KAEFER


Since 1918, when businessman Carl Kaefer began improving the efficiency of cold stores on ships with peat cladding, KAEFER has grown from a niche insulation business to a global leader in technical industrial services and solutions with an annual turnover of € 1.7 billion.

Specialising in Insulation, Access, Surface Protection, Passive Fire Protection, and Interior Outfitting, in 2019 more than 30,000 KAEFER employees served a global client base across 5,500 individual jobsites. Our operational units around the world are committed to continuous improvement and supported by central departments dedicated to operational and technical excellence, innovation, and the implementation of a LEAN culture.

A recognised partner on new-build and maintenance projects

Organised to address project-specific needs in industry, construction and shipbuilding, we offer – planning and development, manufacturing, material supply and delivery, assembly and installation, service and maintenance, project and quality management, general contracting services, inspection and testing, and auditing services – across each of our core services:

Total output by end market 2019


Developing, creating and fitting insulation for industrial and high-tech applications lies at the heart of everything KAEFER does. We provide innovative solutions, products and services that protect, conserve and maximise efficiency and performance.


From scaffolding to rope access and elevated platforms, KAEFER offers the full spectrum of access solutions. Innovations such as our dedicated Scaffolding Management Software ensure efficient and professional site management.

Surface Protection

Surfaces in industrial facilities need protection from wind, weather, water, process temperatures and chemical stress. KAEFER is ideally placed to deliver services, solutions and ideas that increase efficiency and life-expectancy.

Passive Fire Protection

KAEFER develops and implements passive fire protection systems that guarantee the highest possible safety levels – and protect the people who live and work inside industrial facilities and other buildings.

Related Services*

Among others, mechanical work, design & engineering, industrial cleaning, offshore and industry maintenance complete the portfolio.

Also specialising in the interior outfitting of a wide range of facilities including offshore oil platforms, cruise ships, office buildings, hotels and airports, KAEFER's expertise covers modular accommodation, catering, noise protection, and engineering and technical services.

* incl. Interior Outfitting & Design

The KAEFER Supply Chain

A service provider rather than a manufacturer or producer, KAEFER offers an extremely broad range of complex works and services within an extensive community of organisations, clients, sub-contractors, consultants and suppliers, in sectors ranging from industry to marine and offshore and construction.

Projects vary, of course, but it’s safe to say our clients are invariably businesses, and that the work we carry out on their behalf can be characterised as ‘labour-intensive’.

Securing the future – LIFT2023

In July 2019, KAEFER launched a new corporate strategy designed to cement our position as the world’s most reliable and efficient provider of technical industrial services. With a focus on operations excellence, digitalisation, and structural streamlining to further empower our people, the LIFT2023 strategy will deliver profitable growth and entrepreneurial independence. As global pressure on natural resources continues to grow, it will also ensure we continue to play an important role in building a sustainable, energy-efficient future. More information can be found in the next sections.

Growing the KAEFER family!

Around the world, KAEFER pursues a strategy of sustainable growth. We were delighted to welcome two new members of the family. In Spain, KAEFER Servicios Industriales SAU acquired Bilfinger Industrial Services Spain SA in 2019 and – in the UK – KAEFER completed the acquisition of Wood’s industrial services business from the John Wood Group PLC early 2020. Both of these new relationships will help us address specific strategic opportunities in their respective markets.

Purchased services and materials according to spend 2019

PPE - Personal protective equipment

KAEFER in motion

KAEFER employees are people of action. Every day, you'll find our teams working tirelessly on challenging projects around the world, making sure industrial processes and facilities run as they should. Our new image film shows our people in action and is dedicated to the hard work they do on the projects that count. And it features all of the unique voices that make us who we are: KAEFER.

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