Insulation industry news from Global Insulation
Ireland: Kingspan says it has beaten its target of generating at least half its aggregate energy use from renewable resources by 2016. The Irish insulation producer’s aggregate renewable energy use was 57% of its total energy use in 2016, suggesting that the it is on track to hit its goal, set in 2011, of operating at Net Zero Energy (NZE) by 2020. Key drivers to reaching this goal have included saving energy through measures such as a cutting lighting and heat costs, genreating more renewable energy through solar, wind and biomass sources and buying more renewable energy where it can’t be produced on-site.
“In the five years since launching this initiative we have seen multiple benefits including reductions in costs, less reliance on fossil fuels and demonstrating the business case for our systems and solutions. Without more action from the corporate sector, greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise and the impact of global warming will become a bigger threat for future generations,” said Gene Mutagh, the chief executive officer of Kingspan.
Ireland: Kingspan’s sales revenue has risen by 12% year-on-year to Euro3.11bn in 2016 from Euro2.77bn in 2015. Its profit after tax rose by 34% to Euro256m from Euro191m. It attributed the sales growth to ‘strong’ performance in the UK and a recovery in Western Europe. However it noted that its US market was subdued in the second half of the year.
“2016 was another record year for Kingspan. Through our organic initiatives and acquisition strategy we are developing a truly global business well placed to capitalise on the transition towards a lower energy future. We are encouraged about the outlook for the first half of 2017, with the current order book solidly ahead of the same point last year,” said Gene Murtagh, chief executive of Kingspan.
UK: TechnoNicol International plants to use Stirling-based Superglass to launch an expansion programme in the US and to develop its market in the UK and Ireland. TechnoNicol has created a new division at the company it purchased in July 2016 to achieve this aim and has made senior appointments to support it. The company aims to establish a ‘significant’ market share in North America over the next five years.
Ken Munro, Superglass’s chief executive officer, has become chief executive officer of TechnoNicol (UK, Ireland and USA). In this newly created role, Munro will have responsibility for the management and coordination of TechnoNicol’s presence in these regions and will continue to lead and develop the Superglass business as it is incorporated into this expanded structure.
Munro will also have responsibility for the global development of the Superglass brand as it begins to play a part in TechnoNicol’s overall insulation products strategy. As further businesses are developed, both organically and by acquisition, they will be integrated into this unified regional structure, with new jobs likely to be created in Stirling as the regional headquarters takes shape.
Stuart Rowell, who is currently Group Business Development Director at Superglass, and Girts Dikelsons, currently Regional Director TechnoNicol (UK and USA), will be responsible for sales and marketing activity across all product lines in the new region and are appointed as Regional Sales Director (Insulation Solutions) and Regional Sales Director (Bitumen Membrane Solutions) respectively.
Theresa McLean, Superglass’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as chief financial officer of TechnoNicol (UK, Ireland and USA) and Mark Atherton, Operations Director at Superglass, becomes Chief Production Officer and Head of Operations for the newly expanded regional business. Rowell, Dikelsons, McLean, and Atherton will all report directly to Ken Munro.
Ireland: Kingspan’s sales have risen by 13% year-on-year to Euro2.27bn for the first nine months of 2016 from Euro2bn in the same period in 2015. Sales by its insulated panels division rose by 17% driven by good markets in the UK, France and Benelux, although slowdowns were reported in Germany and the US. Sales by its insulation board division rose by 6% with positive performance noted in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia and the US. The insulation producer noted in its interim trading report that the weakening Pound Sterling against the Euro was negatively impacting its Sterling denominated earnings.
Ireland: Kingspan has reported that its group sales rose by 25% year-on-year to Euro903m for the first four months of 2016. It also noted in an interim management statement that order placement in the non-residential segments in the UK had eased ahead of the referendum on European Union (EU) membership scheduled for late June 2016. Insulated panel sales rose by 37% in the period. Insulated board sales rose by 11% driven by strong UK sales and supported by Europe and the US.
Chief executive Gene Murtagh also said at the company’s annual general meeting on 5 May 2016 that the insulation producer had made an investment in a facility selling duct insulation in Iran. The unit is expected to be in production later in 2016 supported by the company‘s UAE business, according to the Irish Independent.
Ireland: Belgian laminate floors producer Unilin has announced the acquisition of Irish insulation boards manufacturer Xtratherm. The acquisition will make Unilin an important player in the growing market of insulation materials. Xtratherm is also active in Belgium. The company inaugurated a new plant in the summer of 2015 for insulation boards in Feluy, specifically for the European continent.
Ireland: Kingspan has delivered a significantly better-than-expected full-year forecast, suggesting that its 2015 profits could increase by 68% to Euro250m, despite global economic confidence wavering. Insulated panels should show 53% revenue growth to Euro1.7bn in 2015.
Kingspan has reported a 44% year-on-year rise to Euro2bn in sales for the first nine months of 2015. The third quarter was particularly strong, with a 54% sales rise noted, which was boosted by the contribution of recent acquisitions. Sales in the UK, mainland Europe and the Americas, Kingspan's three main regional markets, soared by 54% in the first nine months of 2015. This performance was boosted by a 'solid' showing in the UK, 'steady' sales in Europe and strong growth in North America, particularly in the US.
Ireland: Kingspan has earmarked Euro20m for its initial expansion into Mexico, which it expects to enter in 2016 or 2017, according to chief executive Gene Murtagh. The greenfield expansion was confirmed by the group as it posted record first-half results, boosted by acquisitions and favourable foreign exchange movements.
Revenue rose by 39% to Euro1.24bn, while its trading profits jumped by 61% to Euro112m. Excluding currency benefits, revenue was 29% higher, while trading profits were up by 44% on the same basis. Kingspan reported that its overall performance was underpinned by strengthening UK and US markets, while there has also been recovery in other important markets for the group, such as the Netherlands.
Kingspan completed two significant acquisitions so far in 2015: the Euro320m purchase of Belgian group Joris Ide and the Euro139m purchase of Canada's Vicwest. The company also plans to install new insulated panel manufacturing capacity at plants in Belgium, France and Russia over the next two years.
Murtagh said that Kingspan has allocated Euro75 - 80m/yr for capital spending over the next four to five years, which includes the start-up costs for its entry to Mexico. "There were some bolt-on opportunities in Mexico but we haven't managed to unlock any of those, said Murtagh. "The investment at the start will be in the order of Euro20m. Naturally, over time that becomes larger as we expand the business."
Kingspan has also continued to eye opportunities in Brazil. "We haven't made any significant headway, but it's still very much in our thinking," added Murtagh. "Our ambition in Brazil would be to do it through an existing player and that just takes a bit of patience."
Ireland: Kingspan Insulated Panels has launched IPN-QuadCore, a new insulated panel core offering strong thermal, fire and environmental performance for a closed-cell material, according to its press release. IPN-QuadCore improves building performance by lowering lifetime costs and enhancing environmental credentials by using a unique microcell structure.
"This is our most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade," said Gilbert McCarthy, managing director of Kingspan Insulated Panels. "The property market demands high performance, energy-efficient buildings that deliver low risk, high net yield and reduced environmental impact. The unprecedented performance of IPN-QuadCore helps to deliver these superior buildings, making the strongest business case yet for sustainability."
IPN-QuadCore delivers a 20% thermal improvement over standard polyurethane insulated panel core insulation. It has a lambda value of 0.018w/mK and achieves U-values as low as 0.08w/m2K. A study by energy consultants AECOM found that, when used in a standard 5000m2 distribution warehouse in the UK, a Kingspan IPN-QuadCore building envelope reduced energy demand by almost 14%/yr compared with the notional Part L2A 2013 specification. The same study found that a Kingspan IPN-QuadCore building envelope solution could even reduce the initial capital cost of constructing the warehouse because it reduced the required heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system size.
IPN-QuadCore is the first closed cell insulated panel core to be certified to FM 4882 for use in smoke sensitive occupancies. It achieves a reaction to fire of B-s1,d0 to EN 13501-1 and offers fire resistance of up to one hour insulation and three hours integrity to EN 13501-2. The insulation core is also currently undergoing testing to be certified to LPS 1181 Part 2 for internal applications. This improved performance means that IPN-QuadCore products can be offered in a wider range of panel widths, up to 7m in some LPS 1208 specifications and up to 12m in certain specifications according to EN 13501-2. In the AECOM study, an IPN-QuadCore building achieved six more BREEAM Ene01 credits than a typical retail or distribution warehouse. Furthermore, the new technology behind the microcell structure creates a more resource-efficient material, improving the environmental impact of its production. King span said that it will provide each IPN-QuadCore panel a 40-year guarantee, which covers both structural and thermal performance. This promises that a building will perform 'as-built' over the life of the property, reducing envelope maintenance and subsequent repair costs. The guarantee is being offered because IPN-QuadCore's closed-cell structure resists moisture ingress, which maintains the structural integrity of the core and cuts the risk of additional moisture weight, a leading cause of structural failure in similarproducts.
IPN-QuadCore is currently being introduced to cold-store insulated panels, with a wider rollout commencing later in 2015.
Ireland/Canada: Kingspan has obtained approval for the acquisition of Vicwest Building Products. The Irish insulation, building fabric and solar-integrated building envelopes company said that it has reached a consent agreement with the Canadian Competition Bureau, which requires the disposal of Kingspan's insulated metal panel facility at Hamilton, Ontario following the completion of the transaction.
In November 2014 Kingspan announced that it was buying the building products division of Vicwest Inc for US$136m in cash, inclusive of debt and reorganisation costs. The total estimated consideration payable is US$307m, of which Kingspan will fund US$126m and AGI will fund US$181m. The transaction is expected to complete imminently.