Basic Principles of the Group

Group Business Model

The KSB Group’s mission is to supply customers around the world with top-quality pumps and valves as well as related systems. It also provides a wide range of support services to users of these products.

KSB SE & Co. KGaA (until 17 January 2018: KSB Aktiengesellschaft), Frankenthal / Pfalz, Germany, as the parent company, directly or indirectly holds the shares in the companies belonging to the Group. Besides it, 9 domestic and 74 foreign companies are fully consolidated; 6 other companies are accounted for under the equity method. KSB is currently represented in over 40 countries with its own subsidiaries.

As well as KSB SE & Co. KGaA itself, the companies in the KSB Group with the highest sales revenue are

  • KSB S.A.S., Gennevilliers (Paris), France
  • KSB Shanghai Pump Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China
  • GIW Industries, Inc., Grovetown / Georgia, USA
  • KSB Limited, Pimpri (Pune), India
  • KSB Service GmbH, Frankenthal, Germany
  • KSB BRASIL LTDA., Várzea Paulista, Brazil
  • KSB Italia S.p.A., Milan, Italy

The basic business model has not changed during the year under review. External economic and political changes, however, have had a partial effect on business. These are – where relevant and material to KSB – described in the following sections.


KSB AG changed its legal form to that of an SE & Co. KGaA by entry in the Handelsregister [German Commercial Register] on 17 January 2018. The partnership limited by shares [Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien – KGaA] is a common legal form in Germany for companies with a family- and foundation-dominated ownership structure. The Annual General Meeting of KSB AG adopted a resolution on 10 May 2017 on the announced change in the legal form of the company. The general partner is KSB Management SE, a European public limited company. The shares in this company are wholly owned (100 %) by Klein, Schanzlin & Becker GmbH, a subsidiary of the non-profit KSB Stiftung [KSB Foundation] and the Kühborth-Stiftung GmbH [Kühborth Foundation]. KSB SE & Co. KGaA and thus the KSB Group are managed via KSB ­Management SE, which has four Managing Directors and a five-member Administrative Board.

Managers and employees implement the strategy and instructions of the Managing Directors within an organisation that is structured according to responsibilities for product groups, corporate functions and regions.

All organisational units in the KSB Group act with the aim of ensuring sustainable, profitable growth to secure both KSB’s financial independence and its medium- and long-term future. KSB is monitored by a Supervisory Board consisting of twelve members. The Annual General Meeting of shareholders appoints six members of the Supervisory Board, with the remaining six being delegated by the employees under the terms of the Mitbestimmungsgesetz [German Co-determination Act].

The KSB Group organises its business activities in three segments based on product groups: Pumps, Valves and Service. The Pumps segment covers single- and multistage pumps, and associated control and drive systems. Applications are industry (manufacturing, chemical / petrochemical, transport), energy supply, water transport and waste water treatment, construction / building services and the hydraulic transport of solids in mining. The Valves segment covers butterfly, globe, gate, control, diaphragm and ball valves, as well as associated actuators and control systems. The applications for these products are essentially identical to those for pumps. The Service segment, for which KSB launched its own brand, KSB SupremeServ, in May 2018, covers the installation, commissioning, start-up, inspection, servicing, maintenance and repair of pumps, related systems and valves for all these applications, as well as modular service concepts and system analyses for complete systems.


Within the KSB Group, centrifugal pumps account for around two thirds of sales revenue. These pumps, as well as valves, are sold to engineering contractors, OEMs and end users or, in some cases, distributed via dealers. The same applies to control and monitoring systems, and to package units with pumps and valves.

The largest and best developed sales market for these products is Europe, where KSB operates its main manufacturing facilities in Germany and France. The main plant of the present KSB SE & Co. KGaA in Frankenthal is its largest in Europe, ahead of the production sites in Pegnitz (Bavaria) and Halle (Saxony-Anhalt) in Germany, and La Roche-Chalais in France.

Bodies / Structure

The former KSB AG is now managed in the legal form of a partnership limited by shares [Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien – KGaA]. Management is the responsibility of KSB Management SE, the individually liable general partner. The responsibilities of the bodies are governed by law and the Articles of Associations. This is the basis for efficient corporate governance, which contributes to sustainable corporate growth.

The second-largest market for KSB products is currently the Region Asia / Pacific, followed by the Region Americas and the Region Middle East / Africa. Outside Europe, KSB’s biggest production sites are in Brazil, China, India and the USA.

KSB manufactures products and components in a total of 17 countries; they are sold through the Group’s own companies or agencies in more than 100 countries. With their products, the Group companies serve customers in industry including the chemical and petrochemical industries, customers in the energy and construction / building services sectors, transport equipment manufacturers and operators (e.g. ships, rail vehicles), water and waste water utilities, and mining companies. Once again in 2018, the top-selling markets for KSB products were industry and the energy supply sectors.

In order to be able to offer KSB products at favourable prices, the Group’s purchasing requirements are combined and affordable suppliers sourced around the world who meet the relevant quality standards. The focus is currently upon Asian companies. The KSB Group is able to maintain its market position as one of the leading pump and valve manufacturers through its good and long-term relationships with customers and suppliers. Highly trained and motivated employees as well as the high quality of products have also helped cement this reputation.

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