Stephan Schmidt-Group: innovation, investments and a winning team


Stephan Schmidt Group, one of the world’s leading producers of specialty clays and minerals for the ceramic industry, will be presenting several new products at the forthcoming Ceramitec 2018 in Munich (Hall A6, booth 101/202).

The management’s generational change has been successfully completed with Stephan Schmidt taking over from Günther Schmidt as Managing Partner of the owner-operated family enterprise.

Since 2016, the R&D department has been led by Prof. Ralf Diedel, who has strengthened collaboration with professional associations, institutes and universities. More recently, Bernhard Thömmes has taken over from Berthold Lorig as the head of Sales, Marketing and Application Technology.

Stephan Schmidt Group recently completed expansion and modernisation work at the company’s headquarters in Dornburg-Langendernbach, including the building of new offices and training and conference facilities. The laboratories also underwent major modernisation work aimed at optimising the workflow of the three different departments (Quality Control, Application Technology, Research and Development).

With more than 70 years of experience in research and development of high-quality ceramic raw materials and state-of-the-art laboratories, Stephan Schmidt Group is today a major partner for the international ceramic industry with a reputation for innovation, reliability and solidity. The company’s 20 opencast mining pits in Germany (including 16 in the Westerwald region) guarantee clay reserves for more than 100 years. The extracted clays are homogenised and refined in the group’s modern preparation and grinding plants, where the high production and storage capacities ensure rapid availability of the raw materials at any time.