Knaus Tabbert GmbH is a holding company that unites such auto-house building companies as Knaus, Tabbert, [email protected], Winesberg. Knaus Tabbert GmbH is a leading European manufacturer of caravans and motor homes.
Body master Alfred Tabbert founded his first company in 1934 in the city of Schweinfurt. In 1953, two years after returning from Soviet captivity, Helmut Wilk founded the company Si Wilk in the town of Bad Kreuzhnach. In 1959, he built his first caravan.
Architect Helmunt Knaus, an engineer and builder by training, founded the company Knaus KG in Markbright in 1960. The story of the Knaus brand began with a caravan that received the name "Swallow's Nest". On the Knaus logo were depicted two swallows, invented by the founding father themselves.
In 1962, the first exhibition of caravans took place in Essen, where the brands Knaus, Tabbert and Wilk were presented. The Eifelland caravan plant, which was founded by Gunter Heneriki, was also presented there. At the production facilities of the plant in Markbright, and later in Oxerfurt and Würzburg, the best-selling model Knaus - Südwind (southerly wind) was produced.
The headquarters of Knaus in Passau began operating in 1970 and is currently located there. Since the 1970s, Knaus has been actively expanding its activities throughout Europe - subsidiaries, independent dealers and importers working under a contract with Knaus were established. Active trade developed and the sales and service network expanded (Knaus acquired about 600 partner companies).
Knaus GmbH Jandelsbrunn was released in 1981 from Knaus KG. All Knaus manufacturing and sales companies were concentrated in Jandelsbrunn (municipality in Lower Bavaria, Freyung-Grafenau county). In the 80s, Knaus, with the help of its models Südwind and Azur, reached a leading position in sales in the European caravan market, as well as in the introduction of new products. In 1984, Knaus GmbH Jandelsbrunn was renamed Tabbert Caravan GmbH with headquarters in Zintal.
After an accident with the company's founder, Helmut Wilk, in 1979, Caravans International Wilk pleaded bankrupt in 1986. Tabbert Caravan GmbH, later becoming the sole shareholder, took over the management of the company.
In 1987 a holding of companies was created - TIAG (Tabbert Industrie AG) and in 1990 already included a whole list of companies.
In 1992, Winesberg Mobile GmbH also joined TIAG holding. Production was moved to Zintal. In Hungary, the Knaus Hungary Kft caravan production plant was established for the Dutch market.
In 1996, Knaus AG worked closely with TIAG until their full merger in 2001.
In 2002, the company changed its name from Knaus GmbH Jandelsbrunn to Knaus Tabbert Group GmbH. In 2004, the automobile company CA-MO GmbH also merged with Knaus Tabbert Group GmbH.
In 2006, Knaus Tabbert Group GmbH started working with ADAC. This is how a new project for caravan rental in Germany developed.
On October 9, 2008, Knaus Tabbert Group GmbH declared itself bankrupt.
From January 1, 2009, the company is purchased by the Dutch investment fund HTP Investments BV. The rights to the Eifelland trademark were not purchased.
In 2010, Knaus Tabbert GmbH with five brands has a total sales volume of 181,600,000 euros, producing 10,400 caravans and motorhomes with a staff of more than 1,000 employees.
In July 2011, Knaus Tabbert GmbH acquires Bavaria Camp GmbH. The manufacturer of premium class wagons from Upper Bavaria entered as the sixth brand in Knaus Tabbert Group GmbH, thus the holding covers all segments of the motorhome market.
Two models from Knaus Tabbert GmbH received the attention of an expert jury at the competition "The award for the best caravan design: innovations in the world of caravanning 2012/2013". The flagship caravan Tabbert Puccini receives the highest award for "best practicality." The jury’s statement says: "The prize is awarded for outstanding achievements that set new standards for design and functionality in the caravanning industry." Residential van Knaus Van convinced the jury of its functionality and successful engineering solutions. He was awarded an honorary mention in the nomination "Innovative Projects".
On September 4, 2012, the council of Knaus Tabbert GmbH officially announced the early redemption of the State loan guarantee in the amount of 22.4 million euros. In this memorable event, the Minister of Economy of Bavaria, Martin Zeil arrived at the plant to congratulate the workers and managers on a successful restart.
The end of October 2012, Knauus Tabbert GmbH again solemnly opened the modernized Hungarian plant in Nagyoros (Nagyoroszi>). Seven-week construction and investments of more than 1 million euros still make this plant unique in its industry. The assembly line was designed with a future production base of up to 2500 mobile homes per year. At the same time, the Knaus Tabbert Production System (KTPS) is being implemented. The new production of residential vans in the first year overfulfills the plan in two.
On August 30, 2013, at the Caravan Salon exhibition in Düsseldorf, the concept of "Caravisio" was presented as the company's vision for the development of design and innovation in the future.
On September 27, 2013, 15 months after the groundbreaking ceremony, a modernized plant was opened for the premium brand Tabbert in Hesse.
In 2014, a group of extras prepared a report on the current economic situation of the caravanning market in Germany and in the rest of the world at the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf. The report contained an overview of market conditions for the development of sales of motor homes and caravans. In the report, Knaus Tabbert GmbH ranked first among the registration of motor homes and caravans in Germany in 2013. This indicator was repeated for the third time in a row.
In 2015, the Tabbert Vivaldi model received the prestigious "DCC Caravan Security Award 2015" award at the trade fair in Stuttgart.