A success story based on innovation, reliability and dedication to quality.

1886 - 1928

Messestan, Klinger business starts in 1886

  • In the year 1886 Richard KLINGER opens up a small workshop in Vienna.
  • A mere four years later he invents the reflex level gauge.
  • In 1893 the plant in Gumpoldskirchen is put into operation.
  • Creation of the KLINGERit®, the revolutionary calendared compressed fiber gasket material.

1928 - 1957

Klinger Group history 1928-1957

  • Karl Klinger takes over the business.
  • KLINGERit®, an oil-resistant jointing material with wire mesh, is developed for head gaskets in combustion engines.
  • The connection to the automotive industry opens up a new market segment - the production of brake pads.


1957 - 1984

Hubert Klinger-Lohr becomes the new managing director of the Group

  • Hubert Klinger-Lohr becomes the new managing director of the Group.
  • Expansion of manufacturing sites and build-up of a European distribution network with 24/7 service.
  • Development of PTFE sealing materials and introduction of KLINGERsil®, the world's first asbestos-free jointing material.
  • Production of large industrial-scale ball valves - KLINGER Ballostar®.

1984 - 2012

Klinger Machinery

  • Merger of the automotive segment with the German market leader Elring.
  • Opening of a new, modern production plant for large-scale ball valves as an expansion of the R&D unit in Gumpoldskirchen.
  • Introduction of a revolutionary high-temperature sealing material, KLINGER® Quantum.
  • Opening of new subsidiaries in Russia, Thailand and China.

2012 - 2015

Oiler tanker

  • Group management under Heinz Scharl, Peter Müller and Christoph Klinger-Lohr.
  • Strategic acquisitions in target segments. Focus on services and organic growth outside of Europe.
  • Initialization of Group Innovation and Talent Management programs.


2015 - NOW

Group Management and Cogs

  • Group management with new Executive Board Member Daniel Schibli.
  • Execution and further expansion of the global digitalization strategy.
  • Strengthening of overarching production and sales networks.