Insulation industry news from Global Insulation
Australia: Kingspan Australia has opened an insulation plant at Somerton near Melbourne. The US$30m plant will manufacture rigid board insulation, including Kingspan Kooltherm a rigid thermoset phenolic insulation. The 14,000m2 unit has created 26 new jobs and 24 additional jobs will be added as production increases. Following the opening of the plant Kingspan aims to export 20% of its production to the Asia Pacific region. This is expected to grow to 35% by 2020.
“The market for high-performance insulation is growing rapidly around the world in response to government policies aimed at making buildings more energy efficient. This facility gives Australia world leading technical capability in a sector that is experiencing significant sustained domestic and international growth,” said Gene Murtagh, the chief executive officer of Kingspan Group.
Architect Tone Wheeler designed the plant with a focus on environmentally sustainable design. It has a 750kW solar system designed into its roof structure which, when installed, will provide most of its daytime shift energy requirements. It also uses Kingspan lighting and insulation products to reduce energy requirements and optimise comfort for employees. Other sustainable features at the site include the use of sustainably sourced or manufactured building materials, the use of energy renewing ventilators and the use of rainwater harvesters for bathroom and landscape use. Kingspan says that the plant is on track to be Australia’s first Green Star-rated manufacturing facility.
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.
Finland: Paroc has described 2016 as ‘fairly challenging’ as its net sales fell slightly to Euro376m and its earning before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 4% to Euro76.5m in 2016 from Euro73.3m in 2015. Despite reporting an improvement in construction activity in the second half of the year, sales fell in Russia. The insulation producer solid its Paroc Panel System (PPS) business to Kingspan Group in December 2016 and it announced plans to shut its Oulu stone wool plant in January 2017.
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.
Finland: Paroc Group has agreed to sell sale its Paroc Panel System (PPS) business to Kingspan Group. The personnel of PPS will all be transferred to the new owner. Along with the transaction, the parties have agreed on commercial cooperation in stone wool supply to the PPS factory in Parainen. No value for the deal has been disclosed.
"The arrangement supports the focus of Paroc on building and technical insulation. We will continue to seek market expansion and growth possibilities in those areas,” said Kari Lehtinen, chief executive officer of Paroc Group.
PPS is a subsidiary of Paroc Group Oy. In 2015, PPS sales totalled Euro47m, with about 100 employees in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany. Paroc Panel System panels are manufactured in Parainen, Finland.
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.
US: Kingspan Insulation has launched Kooltherm, its rigid thermoset insulation, in the US. The line offers a range of products for wall, floor, soffit and rainscreen applications. It has a fibre-free rigid thermoset phenolic insulation core that resists both moisture and water vapour ingress.
"Kingspan is committed to bringing its globally-innovative technology to the North American market," said Alswinn Kieboom, managing director, Kingspan Insulation North America. "As part of this continuing effort, we are excited to offer our Kooltherm insulation to the construction marketplace. Our class-leading R-value and fire resistance properties will prove to be beneficial to the construction community."
US: Kingspan Insulation has started an expansion project at its Winchester plant in Virginia. The US$25m investment in the plant will be used to install a new extruded polystyrene insulation (XPS) insulation manufacturing line.
"We are pleased to announce that the installation is proceeding on time and on cost," said Kingspan Insulation North America's Managing Director Alswinn Kieboom.
Once the project is completed, it will allow Kingspan Insulation to continue to service demand for its GreenGuard line of XPS board products. The products feature moisture resistance, an R-value of 5.0 per inch of thickness and are suitable for a range of applications including cavity walls, continuous insulation, roofs, below-grade perimeter foundation and slab-on-grade.
As part of this investment programme, Kingspan Insulation has announced its intent to begin production of high performance, polyiso insulation in North America, providing an even greater choice for specifiers and contractors.
Kingspan Insulation is currently considering locations for three new production lines. Locations under consideration are at its existing plant in Virginia, at its sister company sites in California, Florida, Ohio, as well as sites in Nevada and Texas in the US, plus Ontario and British Columbia.
UK: Kingspan’s sales revenue has risen by 19% year-on-year to Euro1.47bn in the first half of 2016 from Euro1.24bn in the same period in 2015. Its net profit rose by 83% to Euro126m from Euro82.4m. The insulation and building products manufacturer attributed the result to increased market penetration and growth though new acquisitions.
“These results reflect our strongest ever six month performance, underpinned by solid organic growth and a robust contribution from the Joris Ide and Vicwest businesses acquired last year. The expansion in profit margin has helped deliver a 50% increase in trading profit and, with good order intake momentum in the second quarter continuing into the current trading period, we expect a solid performance in the second half,” said Gene Murtagh, Chief Executive of Kingspan.
The company’s sales revenue from insulated panels rose by 26% to Euro950m from Euro753m, supported by sales in mainland Europe. Sales revenue from insulated boards rose by 9% to Euro947m from Euro319m driven by the UK
UK: Kingspan Insulation will launch four low lambda insulation products for floors, walls and soffits on 1 August 2016.
Kingspan Kooltherm K103 Floorboard, K110 and K110 PLUS Soffit Board and K118 Insulated Plasterboard feature a fibre-free insulation core, enabling them to achieve a thermal conductivity of 0.018W/m.K. The launch of the new products follows the release earlier in 2016 of Kingspan Kooltherm K106 and K108 Cavity Board.
All Kooltherm, Therma and KoolDuct insulation products and cavity closers manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s facilities in Pembridge and Selby are certified to BES 6001 (Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products) ‘Excellent’.