About us

FRÄNKISCHE develops, produces and sells pipes, shafts and system components made of plastic and metal. With our range of products, we provide perfect solutions for structural and civil engineering, and automotive and industrial applications.

FRÄNKISCHE is an international, growth-oriented family business, managed in the third generation by President Otto Kirchner. More than 100 years of experience and our dedicated employees are the foundation of our success.

Rooted in Königsberg - globally successful!

FRÄNKISCHE is an innovative, growth oriented, medium-sized family-owned enterprise and industry leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of technically superior corrugated pipe systems for drainage, electrical, building technology, automotive and industrial applications.

We currently employ about 4,200 people worldwide. Both our many years of experience and expertise in plastics processing, our consulting services and the large array of products are highly valued by our customers.

FRÄNKISCHE is a third generation family owned business that was established in 1906 and is now run by Otto Kirchner. Today, we are globally represented with production and sales facilties. The proximity to our customers enables us to develop products and solutions that are perfectly tailored to our customers needs. Our action and business philosophy focus on our customers and their needs and requirements for our products.

FRÄNKISCHE – your partner for sophisticated and technologically advanced solutions.

FRÄNKISCHE looks back on 11 decades of company history. Our employees' commitment and expertise have always been the engine of our many successful years.

Our values and our corporate culture form the foundation:

  • Longevity
  • Market focus
  • Sustainability
  • Family-owned enterprise
1906

Foundation of “Fränkische Isolierrohr- und Metallwarenwerke Gg. Schäfer & Cie.” in Schweinfurt] Cie.“ in Schweinfurt

1911

Fire in the “Alte Spinnmühle” production facility

1912

Move to Königsberg

1919

The enterprise becomes entirely owned by the Kirchner family

1939

Otto Kirchner acquires all shares in the company from his brothers

1946

Otto Kirchner dies; company under trusteeship

1949

Dr. Auguste Kirchner retakes control of the company

1952

World’s first flexible metal conduit

1959

World’s first flexible plastic conduit

1961

World's first corrugated continuously manufactured drainage pipe made of plastic

1964

Acquisition of Rust & Co. Isolierrohrwerke in Bückeburg

1970

Hermann and Fritz Kirchner become shareholder-managing directors (2nd generation)

1977

Change of the company name into “FRÄNKISCHE Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG”

1980

Helmut Kirchner becomes shareholder-managing director (3rd generation)

1991

Otto Kirchner becomes shareholder-managing director (3rd generation)

1997

Opening of the branch plant in Schwarzheide

2002

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE USA, LP, and FRAENKISCHE CZ s.r.o.

2004

Acquisition of David Robbens Underfloor Heating Systems Limited, today FRÄNKISCHE UK Ltd.

2005

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE Pipe-Systems (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

2006

Otto Kirchner acquires all shares in the company

2007

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE RUS OOO

2008

FRÄNKISCHE Industrial Pipes GmbH & Co. KG gains independence and foundation of FRÄNKISCHE Ibérica S.L.

2009

Foundation of FRANKISCHE Tunisie S.A.R.L.

2010

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE Industrial Pipes India Private Limited and FRAENKISCHE France SAS

2011

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE Industrial Pipes Mexico, S.A. DE C.V.

2011

Acquisition of SCHRAG GmbH and Olban GmbH, today FRÄNKISCHE Blow Tech GmbH

2012

Foundation of FRÄNKISCHE Cable Management AG

2013

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE Industrial Pipes Maroc S.A.R.L. and FRAENKISCHE Ventilazione Italia S.r.l.

2014

Foundation of FRANKISCHE Romania S.R.L., FRÄNKISCHE in A GmbH and FRAENKISCHE Turkey Polimer Ticaret Limited Şirketi

2017

Foundation of FRAENKISCHE Building Technology (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd.

2018

Foundation FRAENKISCHE Pipe-Systems and Components (ChangShu) Co., Ltd.

Management

Otto Kirchner President
Hartmut Hausknecht Director
Guido Wey Director
Marcus Wittmann Director

FRÄNKISCHE facts & figures

Sales in the business year 2017/2018 approx. EUR 530 million
Sites 5 in Germany, 16 in other countries

Employees

worldwide 4.200
in Germany 1.700
Ratio of apprentices / trainees to permanent staff 5,9%
various vocation training professcions 8

Daily production

13.000 article
2.1000.000 million meters of pipe

Certificates

Awards

  • THIS Tiefbaupreis (2018)
  • Focus Top Employer (2018)
  • Eurobaustoff Top Supplier (2017)
  • Stein im Brett Award (2017)
  • German Standards Brand Award (2016)
  • ICONIC AWARD 2016: Interior Innovation (2016)
  • Eurobaustoff Top Supplier (2015)
  • hagebau Tiefbau + Straßen - Champion (2014)
  • General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award (2013)
  • Eurobaustoff Top Supplier (2013)
  • hagebau Tiefbau + Straßen - Champion (2014)
  • German Standards Brand Award (2012)