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Xella is a leading manufacturer of building materials and a supplier of raw materials in Germany and on the world market. Xella entered the market in 2003 through the merger of Haniel-BauIndustrie GmbH (Duisburg, Germany), Ytong AG (Munich, Germany) and Fels-Werke GmbH (Goslar, Germany). Despite the fact that the company is relatively young, the beginning of its current success story was laid back in 1924, when cellular concrete was first made in the small Swedish town of Yxhults. The inventor is architect Axel Eriksson. Five years later, in 1929, Karl Augustus Karlen began producing cellular concrete by industrial means. In 1940, the new building material was named YTONG®.

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