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Family equity since 1756

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH is a leading German family equity company that has been headquartered in Duisburg-Ruhrort since it was founded in 1756. From then onwards the 100 per cent family-owned holding company has managed its diversified portfolio and has pursued a unique investment strategy as a value developer with a vigorous alignment to sustainability criteria and a clear performance orientation. Haniel’s portfolio currently consists of seven divisions that have independent responsibility for operational business, each with a market-leading position in their sector: BekaertDeslee, CWS, ELG, Emma – The Sleep Company, Optimar, ROVEMA and TAKKT. In addition, there is a financial investment in CECONOMY.

In 2019, the Haniel Group generated sales of EUR 4.5 billion with around 19,300 employees. At Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH capital and management are clearly separate. Since the start of the 20th century, the company’s approximately 720 shareholders have transferred corporate management to external managers.