1996, Dr. Hans-Emil Knoell founded the company "Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH" in the former MAFINEX building on Käfertaler Straße in Mannheim as a "one-man business". When Dr. Hans-Emil Knoell talked about his plans for self-employment with friends and family, he had to face a lot of confusion at first. No wonder: After all, at an age when some are already thinking about early retirement, he went into self-employment. However, he had a clear strategy: to become the best full-service provider for the chemical and agrochemical industries and to support them in the approval and registration of their products in the respective markets. This remains the core of the buiness strategy until today, even though the customers and the service portfolio have developed considerably over the years.
When Felix Knoell joined the management board in 2018, the succession process was successfully completed. Together with the management team, he is responsible for the family business and the worldwide network of the knoell Group. Today, knoell Germany GmbH, based at Konrad-Zuse-Ring in Mannheim Neuostheim, is one of the leading specialists for the registration of chemical products and
substances and employs almost 600 people in the knoell Group.
Germany owes a significant part of its economic prosperity to medium-sized enterprises, including many family businesses. Long-term investment decisions, strong employee loyalty and the active influence of the family on the vision, corporate culture and strategy play a decisive role.
The step into self-employment was essential for our company founder in order to be able to implement his ideas of a truly employee-oriented company. Compatibility of family and career, women in management positions, work-life balance, flexible working hours, home-office options or an own employee participation program - these are only some of the aspects that are still praised as "the future model" in modern HR and have long been a standard at knoell.
The values of the Knoell family have always shaped the corporate culture. Even though some aspects of this "family feeling" are no longer as present in everyday life as they were in the early years, the family attaches great importance to visibility and closeness to the employees. How the company "looks" and how it "feels" is purely a family matter. In everyday life, this ranges from the furnishing of employee kitchens to the plants in the office or to artwork on the walls in each office.
The company management consists of employees who have been with knoell from the very beginning. They actively live and continue to shape the values of the company and the family together with Felix Knoell.
In order to actively contribute to the creativity, inventiveness and interest of our employees in shaping their company, we attach great importance to our corporate and management culture. Even though the size and complexity of the company requires a certain level of hierarchy, we involve our employees in important decisions. Recently the management and different working groups came together in a joint workshop to compare and combine different approaches for a organizational development project. We strongly believe, that the wealth of ideas of our employees for groundbreaking and pioneering projects is key to our success.
The fact that women shine in management positions has not yet reached many companies. The mere appointment of a woman to a management position still triggers PR messages in DAX companies. For us, this is beloved routine - no wonder, with a share of women of almost 70 percent. We have plenty of unconventional decisions on the agenda: in order not to lose a valuable executive who wanted to move to Thailand for private reasons, knoell quickly set up his own branch in Chiang Mai.
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