Villeroy & Boch

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Villeroy & Boch AG
Type Public (ISIN: DE0007657231)
Industry Ceramics
Founded Lorraine, Holy Roman Empire (1748 (1748))
Founder(s) François Boch and Nicolas Villeroy
Headquarters Mettlach, Germany
Key people Frank Göring, Jörg Wahlers, Nicolas Luc Villeroy, Andreas Pfeiffer, Manfred Finger, Volker Pruschke
Products cutlery, bathroom ceramics
Revenue

€744 million (2012)

€743 million (2011)
Employees

7,400 (2013)

10,200 (2008)
Divisions

Tableware

Bathroom and Wellness
Website www.villeroy-boch.com

Villeroy & Boch (French pronunciation: ​[vilʁwa.eˈbɔk], German: [ˌvɪlərɔɪ.ʔʊntˈbɔx]) is a large manufacturer of ceramics[1] with the company headquarters located in Mettlach, Germany.

Company history[edit]

The company began in the tiny Lorraine village of Audun le Tiche, where François Boch set up a pottery company with his three sons in 1748. Later the company moved to nearby Luxembourg, where it operated a porcelain factory. In 1801 the company moved to the nearby town of Mettlach, Saarland. On 14 April 1836, the Jean François Boch company merged with that of a competitor, Nicolas Villeroy, and became Villeroy & Boch, V&B (also simply 'VB'). The majority of V&B shares is owned by Eczacibasi Holding.[2]

Among its innovations in Mettlach at the end of the nineteenth century.was Phanolith, a kind of semi-transparent porcelain that combines the characteristics and benefits of jasperware and pate-sur-pate.[3] The creator of the Phanolith was the ceramics artist Jean-Baptiste Stahl, who headed the modelling section of Villeroy & Boch. Phanolith gained first wide public attention at the Exposition Universelle (1900), in Paris.

Current situation[edit]

The company's Luxembourg factory was closed down in 2010. While the company is no longer run by a family member with the present Group Chairman of Villeroy & Boch being Frank Goering, there are however various family members presently working in the company. Since 1990 the company has been listed on the German stock market, ticker symbol VIB3, but the voting capital is still in the hands of the family descendants.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Packagedfacts.com
  2. ^ Benmayor, Gila. "http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yazarlar/23664644.asp". 
  3. ^ Post, Anton (1976). Ammelounx, Hans, ed. Mettlacher Steinzeug 1885 - 1905. Saarwellingen: Hans Ammelounx. 

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