Keller Group

Keller Group plc (LSE: KLR) is a large independent geotechnical solutions specialist. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Keller Group plc
Public limited company
Traded asLSE: KLR
IndustryGround engineering
Founded1860 (1860)
HeadquartersLondon, England
Key people
Peter Hill, Chairman
Michael Speakman, CEO
Mark Hooper, Interim CFO
Revenue£2,224.5 million (2018)[1]
£96.6 million (2018)[1]
£(13.8) million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
10,554 (2018)[1]


The company was established in the 1950s as the ground engineering division of GKN plc.[2] In 1960, it expanded into a stand-alone piling and ground improvement company and, in 1975, it acquired the German company Johann Keller and took on that name.[2] In 1984 Keller bought Hayward Baker Inc., a US ground engineering business.[3] In 1990 it was the subject of a management buy-out from GKN plc supported by Candover[3] and it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in May 1994.[4] In 2007, the company sold its social housing division for nominal consideration.[5] In 2007 the company also acquired HJ Foundation for £24.5 million.[6]


Keller operates under three divisions and is supported by its group head office:[7]

  • North America: Bencor, Case Foundation, Hayward Baker, HJ Foundation, Keller Canada, McKinney Drilling, Suncoast, Moretrench
  • Europe, Middle East and Africa: Central Europe, North-East Europe, North-West Europe, South-East Europe, Franki, French Speaking Countries, Middle East, Iberia and Latin America, Brazil
  • Asia-Pacific: ASEAN, India, Keller Australia and Austral Construction.[8]

Used alone or in combination, Keller offers techniques to solve a wide range of geotechnical challenges across the entire construction sector.[9]

See also


  1. "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Keller Group. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  2. "Share of the week: Keller Group". The Times. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. Brown, G. (2015). The Independent Director: The Non-Executive Director's Guide to Effective Board Presence. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1349502691.
  4. "Keller Group". London Stock Exchange. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. Boyd, Olivia (20 September 2007). "Keller sells social housing business to Mears". Building.
  6. McCulloch, Chloë (2 October 2007). "Keller Group buys US piling contractor for £24.5m". Building. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  7. "Worldwide contacts". Keller Group. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  8. "Keller to shut loss-making Australian subsidiary". The Construction Index. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  9. "Introduction". Retrieved 22 March 2018.
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