We are a family-owned company

Ownership and Investment

We are privately owned by the Knill family and retain an
independence status in our holding companies.

We provide security and stability through continuity in ownership.

With our holdings, we act as strategic investors
and strive for long-term majority investments.


We link tradition with the future sustainable

Environment and sustainability

We are proud of our 300-year history and tradition
and make a useful contribution to the overall economy.

We take strategic opportunities responsibly without putting the
company at risk. Through our activities, we control economic risks
in different business fields. We put our long-term future stability
above short-term profit maximization.

We treat our resources respectfully and take care of our environment.


We are a group of companies

Organization and Cooperation

We have a decentralized organization.
Our executives and employees are autonomous. We create organizational
units that make economic sense with short decision processes.

We put the group’s interest above individual interests.
Our companies are obliged to order competitive products and services
internally. As a result we profit of synergies within our group.


We strive for profitable growth

Growth and Earnings


We target market leadership and grow in our strategic target markets.

We expand through selected acquisitions and organic growth.

We focus on consistently achieving profits with the clear objective of
an adequate return on investment. We have access to funds to secure
and further develop the group.


We stand for innovation and quality

Innovation and Quality


We find new paths and question conventional solutions,
which makes us an innovative partner for our customers.

We guarantee high product and service quality with our brands.
We are the fastest in our business and act quick an flexible.

We improve our products and processes permanently.
We cooperate with our customers, suppliers, research institutions,
and universities.

We inspire our customers - external and internal

Customer focus


We identify our customers’ needs by establishing an ongoing dialogue
with our customers.

We create added value for our customers. For this, we study the market
and proactively offer our customers innovative solutions.

We measure customer satisfaction.


We achieve outstanding performances

Focus on Goals and Results


We provide guidance through vision, mission, guiding principles,
strategies and goals. We balance strategic and short-term goals.

We strengthen our organization. We define and optimize our processes
and our use of resources. We look for the best employees and foster
the skills of everyone.

We are performance oriented. We evaluate performance and give feedback.
We use our agreed-upon goals and achieved results as guidance. We compare
ourselves to the best of the best, also cross-industry.


We are a team



We are effective through teamwork and our objectives facilitate teamwork.
We appreciate and acknowledge team achievements while allowing room
for individuality.

We focus on comprehensive business processes. We work in cross
functional teams within departments and companies. We define and
opitmize our processes.

We understand our role within the organization. All employees
know their personal contribution towards the common goal.
We conduct employee evaluations and clarify roles and tasks.


We are proud of our work

Joy and Enthusiasm


Our enthusiasm about our work contributes significantly to our success.
We offer our employees an attractive work environment. We give and receive
praise and recognition for special achievements.

We foster our employees’ strenghts. We actively point out strenghts.
We primarily focus on strenghts during goal setting and development measures.

We are proud of our company and demonstrate it. We recommend our
company and proudly present our company to the general public.



We base our actions on respect and trust

Respect and trust


We are friendly with each other and treat each other with respect, kindness and fairness.
We greet each other and are punctual, honor agreements, ask questions, listen and take
different points of view seriously.

We create awareness of different cultures and respect. We offer inter-cultural training,
language courses and company-wide international get-togethers and activities.

We rely on trust, open constructive dialogue and being responsible for oneself. We bring
everything to the table, including problems. We talk to each other and not about each other.
We encourage active contribution of ideas and solutions, communicate clearly and directly.