22nd Sept 2021

Biggest acquisition in the company’s history: ARDEX takes up majority stake in Wedi

ARDEX continues to grow: the German-based construction chemicals specialist is taking up a majority shareholding in Wedi GmbH, a leading manufacturer of system solutions for high-quality wet room solutions based in Emsdetten, Germany – it is the largest acquisition in the company’s history. The employees of both family-run companies have already been informed of the development. In this respect, the management made it clear that Wedi will continue to operate independently. In addition, Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin will remain in place as the Managing Directors of Wedi. Stephan Wedi will also continue in his shareholder role.

For Mark Eslamlooy, CEO of the ARDEX Group, this cooperation is a milestone in the development of the company – and his delight at the future collaboration with Wedi is correspondingly great.

“The ARDEX Group is taking a major step forward with the acquisition of the market leader for watertight shower and construction systems. There could be no better way to enhance our systems competence – ARDEX and Wedi are two strong brands which complement one another in an ideal manner. As family-run companies, we also share a common understanding of the importance of customer proximity, innovation and quality. All in all it is the perfect basis for a successful cooperation.”

The managing directors of Wedi, Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin, also regard the cooperation as tremendously beneficial for the two companies. Above all the international ARDEX network and the complementary strengths in the product areas were important factors for Wedi in reaching its decision.

“ARDEX is a perfect growth accelerator for us – one only has to think of the many global markets and the joint innovation potential. It was of tremendous importance to us that we find a partner with whom we can safeguard our independence and contribute our strengths to ensure joint growth. To this, we will also implement the already planned capacity expansions together with ARDEX. The matter is one very close to my heart, and from the very outset my gut feeling about ARDEX was extremely positive,” says Stephan Wedi.

Wedi is already very successful in Europe, and in particular in Germany and France, and it is the market leader in North America – since 2017 with its own factory in Batavia, Illinois. The objective of the cooperation with the other companies in the ARDEX Group is that of developing this position. “Wedi and ARDEX complement one another excellently, not just in Germany, but also in other core markets such as the USA, Australia and New Zealand, France, England, Austria, Switzerland or Benelux. The innovative strength of the ARDEX Group is enormous, and as a result, we expect to make considerable advances,” adds Fabian Rechlin. “Our partners in the trade have long been encouraging us to take a major step forward. We are doing so now.”

Independent family-owned companies

Furthermore, for both companies it is important that they retain their independence in full. In the future, Wedi will be a stand-alone company within the ARDEX Group – headed by its current managing directors Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin. The trading name, location, brand name and marketing strategy will not change either. The same is true of the contact persons for clients and suppliers.

Inventor of watertight shower and construction systems

Wedi is the market leader for watertight shower and construction systems in Europe and North America. The success story began in 1983 with the invention of a totally watertight building board – to this day the board with the blue core is still the company’s trademark. What began as a one-man operation in his garage at home is now an international company with more than 500 employees and a further production site in the USA.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the economic terms of the cooperation. Metzler Corporate Finance exclusively supported Wedi in the transaction as an M&A advisor.

From left to right: Mark Eslamlooy, Stephan Wedi and Fabian Rechlin

About ARDEX: The ARDEX Group is one of the global market leaders for high-performance specialty building materials. As a family-owned business, the company has pursued a sustainable growth path for more than 70 years. ARDEX now has more than 3,900 employees and is present in over 100 countries on all continents, with a virtually comprehensive presence in one of its core markets, Europe. With more than ten major brands, ARDEX generates total sales of more than 930 million EUR worldwide.

About Wedi: Wedi GmbH, based in Emsdetten, is a leading manufacturer of and systems provider for directly tileable, watertight construction elements in Europe and North America. The extensive portfolio is complemented by high-quality design surfaces which provide additional design options in the bathroom. With its innovative system solutions and guaranteed system reliability, Wedi offers long-lasting, complete solutions for wet rooms. The family company, founded in 1983 by Helmut Wedi, currently employs around 500 members of staff and is active in more than 50 countries.


April 11, 2018

Launch of PANDOMO© Wall: New Generation 2.0

Dear Esteemed Customers & Business Partners

We are pleased to announce that we are launching a new generation of PANDOMO© Wall Products known
as the PANDOMO© Wall 2.0 in the last quarter of 2018.

The quality of the Generation 2.0 has been improved. The product can now be mixed into a smooth
mixture much easily, and the long open time allows a longer processing time for easy application, in
warmer climate conditions or on larger areas under normal conditions. Customers who have tested the
Generation 2.0 have also confirmed the improved product properties.

The price and the packaging size of the new improved PANDOMO© Wall 2.0 remain unchanged.

The new PANDOMO© Wall brochures will be available on demand in due course.

With the release of the new PANDOMO© Wall 2.0, existing PANDOMO© Wall Products will be superseded
upon sales of stocks. Please take note that during the transition period, we will have both current
PANDOMO© W1 stock and the new PANDOMO© Wall Generation 2.0. Please let our sales representative
or customer service know should you have specific requirement on the new or existing stocks.

We hope that you will like the new PANDOMO© Wall 2.0! Should you require any clarifications, please
contact your sales representative at 6861 7700 or

January 27, 2017

ARDEX opens new plant in Thailand

The ARDEX Group recently opened a new factory and laboratory in Thailand, located in

Hemaraj Saraburi Industrial Estate, approx. 100 km from Bangkok.


The factory investment is worth more than 150 million Thai Baht (approx. 4 million USD) and has

an annual production capacity of 15,000 tons.


The primary focus will be the manufacturing of high-quality ARDEX Flooring and Tiling

products in order to maximize the market opportunities in Thailand and in the surrounding



“ARDEX Thailand will serve the Thai, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam markets

providing high-quality products, best services and favorable prices.”, said Mr. Charun

Detpratum (the JV-partner) during the opening ceremony in January 2017.


The Asia-Pacific region is one of the biggest and most dynamic drivers of the global

development of the ARDEX Group. The construction of a new plant is a direct result of

customer-driven demand and signifies further long-term growth for ARDEX.


“The ARDEX Group is fully committed with the development in SEA region and sees

Thailand as a strategic gateway to highly dynamic Indochina markets. As a world

leading solution provider, we want to make sure that we are close to the markets we

are active in. We are confident that the new production facilities in Thailand will enable

us to offer 1st class customer services and the specially engineered systems/products

meet the local market requirements. In the case of high demand quantities, on-site

production is extremely important. The new plant in Thailand ensures high availability

and production according to local needs”, said Mark Eslamlooy (CEO ARDEX Group).


It is the second high-tech production facility in Southeast Asia apart from Singapore and

symbolizes another remarkable milestone of ARDEX to be the world’s leading solution

provider of high performance specialty building materials.

December 15, 2016

The next ARDEX CONNECT is out!

On 19th January 2017, a team of experts from ARDEX and nora systems will give a vivid presentation about specifying screeding, levelling and subfloor preparation products with confidence and how to choose the right adhesive & installation method for rubber floor coverings.

March 20, 2012

ARDEX is growing worldwide

ARDEX has attained majority stake of Quicseal Construction Chemical Pte Ltd (Singapore) and Quic-SEAL Construction Chemicals Sdn. Bhd.