Company profile | Knauf Australia

Company profile

Knauf Australia, is a part of Knauf, leaders in lightweight construction materials.

With plasterboard manufacturing facilities in Matraville (Sydney, NSW), Altona (Melbourne, Vic) Bundaberg (Qld); compound manufacturing in Altona; metal profile lines in Beenleigh (Brisbane, Qld), over 220 employees and a national distribution network comprising company owned stores, Plastamasta Franchises and independent distributors, Knauf is a major supplier to the lightweight construction industry and a one-stop-shop for a complete wall framing solution. 

A quality range of products and systems designed for performance provide solutions for fire, water, sound and impact resistance, as well as space-giving, air-cleaning, acoustic and aesthetic design for all commercial and residential construction projects. 

Knauf’s innovative lightweight construction systems include plasterboard, steel framing systems for walls and ceilings, decorative, acoustic and air cleaning wall & ceiling linings, facade linings and plaster finishing compounds and accessories for internal applications. 

Our passion

At Knauf, we understand that challenges are a natural part of every project. The challenges faced by builders to meet higher demands, new standards and changing regulations. Or the challenge faced by architects to create a space that gives you exactly what you need from it – the challenge between form and function, between aesthetics and acoustics. Between inspiration and realisation.  Knauf is passionate about understanding your challenges and working with you to find solutions, because we believe that challenges drive innovation. 

With a profound understanding of construction materials and their potential, Knauf prides itself in having the best products and system solutions, backed up by technical competencies and longstanding experience, to transform your vision into reality. Be it standard or custom-designed for a commercial or residential project, we can help you create smart spaces.

Knauf takes its responsibility to minimising its impact on the environment seriously and this commitment is reflected in environmental management actions. The integration of Health & Safety within all processes and a continuous expansion of the safety culture is helping Knauf to become one of the safest companies in Australia.

Our history

Knauf Plasterboard previously known as Lafarge Plasterboard, was established at first, as a joint venture between Pioneer International and Lafarge Gypsum, in 1988, following which, Lafarge took full ownership in 1999. In 2011, Knauf Group, which has a strong presence globally in the plasterboard and gypsum materials industry, purchased the business from Lafarge to expand its footprint in the Asia Pacific region. 

In July 2014, Knauf Plasterboard acquired Peer Industries, a leading privately owned manufacturer of metal systems for the building and construction industry. This acquisition has made Knauf in Australia a major supplier of metal systems and a one-stop-shop for a complete wall framing solution. 

Also in Australia are Knauf owned businesses, AMF Ceilings, one of the most innovative high performance mineral fibre ceiling manufacturers in the world, and Knauf Insulation, supplier of a wide range of glass and rock mineral wool insulation products.

The Knauf Group

Knauf, a family owned company, has a strong global presence in the construction materials industry. With over 150 production facilities and sales organisations in over 60 countries, 26,000 employees worldwide, and sales of 6.27 billion Euro (in 2013), the Knauf Group is without doubt one of the big players on the market – in Europe, the USA, South America, Russia, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Brothers, Alfons Knauf and Karl Knauf, started the company in 1932 with the production of conventional gypsum. Since then the company has steadily expanded its footprint and product offering. A clear vision for innovation that incorporates Knauf’s very best thinking, and a confidence for investments, gives Knauf the success it enjoys.

Knauf is a provider of complete lightweight construction systems internationally. A diverse range of products include plasterboard, mineral fibre tiles, acoustic boards, plasters for internal and external applications; and glass and rock mineral wool insulation. 

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Knauf has established long and successful associations with several industry bodies.