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Doing things the KAEFER way. Since 1918.

Carl Kaefer was a clever man. In 1918 he used peat to insulate the walls of cold storage spaces. His idea worked so well that it led to the foundation of the KAEFER Group, which has since developed into a world-wide market leader for plant integrity services and solutions in Industry, Marine & Offshore and Construction. With over 28,000 employees and a large international presence, we are a true global player – there for you all over the world. In 2012, C&D became wholly owned by KAEFER, and KAEFER Ltd was born. 

In addition to insulation, KAEFER offers access solutions, surface protection, passive fire protection & asbestos removal as well as interior outfitting. In everything we do, the client takes centre stage and we take pride in our efficient and innovative approach to overcoming challenges and providing services and solutions.

We also pride ourselves on doing things the KAEFER way. It’s what makes us different and is seen clearly in our strong safety record, cutting-edge technical expertise and strong ethical values that guide us in everything we do. Furthermore, we’re driven by innovation and by doing things differently. We develop new and tailored solutions that benefit our clients and we're always on the search for technlogy to further improve our service delivery. We also assure quality, safety, cost-efficiency and continuous improvement with our substantial in-house expertise and fully integrated services.

Our successful track record speaks for itself. And it also serves as a testament to the strength of Carl Kaefer’s ideas, and our vision – to eliminate the energy waste.


KAEFER Ltd Timeline

1971: The original Company based in Mansfield Woodhouse (C&D Insulation Operations Limited) was formed.

1996: C&D Insulation changed ownership; this has allowed the good base previously developed to be expanded. Whilst the Power-Process and Petro-Chemical business is continuing to grow, the Company now has the capacity and has indeed achieved growth into the Offshore / Marine and Fabrication markets. A new factory/facility was established at Jarrow in 1997 to allow considerable development of these markets. In 1998 a new office was established at Broxburn to service the growing workload in Scotland and in particular to provide a scaffolding service.

2001: The Company changed its name to C&D Industrial Services as a more reflective name of the varied works we now offer.

2002: KD Scaffolding, in the Northeast, was bought by C&D to increase the scaffolding capabilities of the business.

2005: Holt Industrial Services, was acquired by C&D to increase the scaffolding and thermal insulation capabilities of the business.

2006: The Power Gen Division expanded and opened an Office in the Northwest (Stockport), to cater for clients in this region.

2007: KAEFER purchased 51% of C&D’s Shares. The KAEFER Group is one of the largest international insulation and scaffolding companies working throughout the world, (their website address is KAEFER have a long history and experience of being innovative andsupportive on major projects and they were our joint venture partners on the South Hook LNG Project, which led to this union.

2008: The Power Gen Division moved from the Mansfield Office into new premises at South Normanton, Derbyshire, along with the Stockport Office who also moved to new premises at Irlam, Manchester.

2009: The Offshore Division also acquired new business and as a result, set up a Marine Division in Melsham, Wiltshire.

2012: Due to continued expansion, the Power Gen Division acquired new premises at West Malling, Kent and Newport, Gwent.

2012: KAEFER acquired 100% of C&D Industrial Services Limited on the 29th June 2012.

2013: KAEFER purchased Opus Industrial Services Limited a provider of numerous services including rope access and fire proofing.

2016: KAEFER C&D rebrand to KAEFER Limited.

2020: After the successful acquisition of Wood Group Industrial Services, KAEFER is now a market leading player in the UK.