About Us

IBIDEN Ceram GmbH is a global supplier of technical ceramic products. In addition to our production site in Austria, we operate customer-oriented subsidiaries in the USA and South Korea, as well as a liaison office in China. Furthermore, we maintain additional sales partnerships to complete our global footprint.

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Our Mission

The strategic direction of IBIDEN Ceram GmbH results from the importance of its activities for the environment. The use of our products is an important contribution to improving air quality and energy efficiency. Nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases generated in many processes are reduced in an energy-saving manner by our catalysts or heat storage media. Our employee´s high level of commitment ensure the frictionless cooperation with our global clients.


  • 1921

    Ludwig Neumann founded the company as the "First Austrian Porcelain Factory" and specialised in the production of high, medium and low voltage insulators. In addition to the production of technical ceramics in Frauental, porcelain tableware for the industrial sector was also manufactured until 1952.
  • 1974

    The company was sold to the Swedish building materials group, EUROC. The further development is characterised by a number of innovations and establishment of new product lines.
  • 1985

    The entry into the environmental sector begins with the production of SCR catalysts. Subsequently, non-catalytic honeycombs, heat storage media and foundry filters are developed and successfully launched to market.
  • 1990

    A management buy-out leads to the establishment of the CERAM group and the simultaneous introduction of the successful brand.
  • 2001

    The insulator division is sold. The areas of catalytic and non-catalytic honeycomb thus represent the two main business areas of the Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH. Ceram Environmental Inc., Kansas, USA is founded as a 100% subsidiary and operates as a sales and service company for the North American market.
  • 2002

    The group is reorganised into a industrial holdingcompany, named Frauenthal Holding AG.
  • 2005

    Serial production of SCR diesel catalysts for commercial vehicles begins and are successfully launched to market. The following year, a new production facility for diesel catalysts is put into operation at the Frauental site.
  • 2007

    A sales company is founded in Korea, today's IBIDEN Ceram Korea Co. ltd., based in Seoul, for customer oriented marketing in South Korea.
  • 2009

    The company opens its own metal workshop at the Frauental location.
  • 2010

    The production of plate catalysts for power plants begins.
  • 2012

    Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH is sold to IBIDEN European Holdings B.V. and initially renamed to IBIDEN Porzellanfabrik Frauenthal GmbH.


Dipl.-Ing. Christian Kögl


Dipl.-Ing. Kurt Orehovsky

Business Unit Director
Authorised Officer

Dr. Christoph Hagg

Business Unit Director
Authorised Officer

Horst Steinbauer

Head of Procurement and Logistics
Authorised Officer


Head Office

Ogaki City, Prefecture Gifu / Japan

Business Portfolio

Ceramics, Electronics, Other


2.5 Billion (previous year revenue)

14000 Employees
39 Subsidiaries

in 17 Countries

more than 3200 patents