Vise, Belgium 30 July 2018: Knauf Insulation announces plans for new €120 million Glass Mineral Wool insulation plant in Malaysia.

Knauf Insulation is to build a €120 million plant in Malaysia to meet soaring demand for its Mineral Wool insulation solutions across the Asia Pacific region.

The new plant, which will be located in Johor Bahru in the southern part of the country, will have a capacity of 75,000 tonnes a year. The plant is scheduled to be completed in early 2020 and will create 180 jobs in Malaysia as well as a further 60 new positions across the region.

We have seen record sales due to increasing energy costs across Asia and more stringent energy-saving building regulations in countries such as Australia, Japan and Korea,” said Stuart Dunbar, Regional General Manager for the Asia Pacific Region at Knauf Insulation.

“This is a reflection of the growing preference our customers have for the exceptional quality, performance, ease of handling and sustainability of our solutions.”

The new facility will build on this success providing a major competitive edge for the company as well as significant advantages for customers. It will feature state-of-the-art technology and control equipment making it one of the most efficient and sustainable insulation plants in the Asia Pacific region. The plant will use up to 80% post-consumer recycled glass in the manufacturing process and feature Knauf patented high compression packaging. All products will be made using Knauf Insulation’s revolutionary bio-based binder, ECOSE® Technology*.

The facility will offer customers enhanced services and a wider product range for residential and non-residential buildings specifically tailored for the Asia Pacific market, as well as solutions for HVAC systems and domestic appliances such as ovens, cars and fridges.

Highly efficient shipping logistics from Malaysia will also enable Knauf Insulation to develop new distribution partnerships in South-East Asian countries and strengthen its presence in the major insulation markets of Japan, Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore.

 “The new facility will open many opportunities to our customers and partners to expand their participation in the developing market for sustainable and energy efficient buildings in the region,” said Mr Dunbar.

Knauf Insulation’s Group COO, David Ducarme said, “We are delighted to announce our new plant in Johor Bahru. This investment testifies the long-term commitment of the Knauf Group to develop its insulation activities worldwide as one of its core business pillars. And it marks another major milestone on our company’s journey to become the world’s leading provider of innovative high-performance insulation solutions.”



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Knauf Insulation's new plant in France opens for business

The new site, which meets the highest standards of sustainable best practice and has created 123 new jobs, will provide an estimated annual economic benefit to the region of €20 million and produce 110,000 tonnes of Rock Mineral Wool every year — enough insulation to renovate 25,000 homes a year.

Jean-Claude Carlin, Group CEO of Knauf Insulation said: “Demand for our rock mineral wool solutions is increasing significantly across Europe and particularly in France where there is a commitment to renovate 500,000 homes every year to tackle fuel poverty, slash energy use and reduce the country’s carbon footprint and stringent new regulations for fire safety.”

“We are looking forward to being able to introduce our new range of solutions to our customers. The new plant will also reduce our carbon footprint and help to recalibrate our production from our facilities in Central and Eastern Europe, significantly improving our customer service levels”.  

Environmental commitment

Mark Leverton, Knauf Insulation’s Managing Director Western Europe, said: “From the outset we announced our ambition to create a reference plant for our group, not only in terms of our innovations but also in terms of our approach to the environment and the wellbeing of our new colleagues.”

The plant is in the process of being certified by the independent sustainable auditing schemes HQE and OsmoZ and Knauf Insulation is working with local environmental association AICINI to transform 7.5 hectares of the site into a wild meadow for plants, birds and insects. A 3,500m2 Urbanscape Green Roof has also been installed across the plant buildings.

Economic benefits

Mark said: “In addition to the 123 new jobs at the plant, we expect to create between 300 and 400 indirect jobs through contractors and local services.”

“The €110 million investment has put the plant in the top 10 of investments in France this year and has directly benefited the region with local businesses carrying out the majority of the work. We estimate the annual indirect impact on the eastern Moselle region will be around €20 million a year.”

Power of people

The majority of the new employees are from the local region. The plant also hosts the largest number of female operators and engineers in the group. Ages of the new employees range from 19 to 57 and all offer a variety of experience.

Alain Rysman, Plant Manager said: “The Moselle region has a long history of industrial excellence so finding skilled people has not been a challenge. The region has been impacted by economic challenges and unemployment over the last couple of decades so there has been an enormous amount of interest in the project. This site shows that an industrial region can rebound and offer more than factory closures.”


Knauf Insulation the recipient of grant in scope of public tender

Knauf Insulation the recipient of grant in scope of public tender by Ministry for Economic Development and Technology in Slovenia, “Incentives for Research and Development Projects 2”

The objective of the public tender is to promote research, development and innovation activities in companies and consortia in the field of innovative R&D projects aiming to develop new or improved products, processes or services in the priority areas of Slovenia’s Smart Specialization Strategy.

Competing project: Development of sustainable, energy-efficient and high-tech insulation materials for food preparation systems – VIIM (collaboration of Knauf Insulation, d.o.o., Škofja Loka, and FPM Černigoj d.o.o., Ajdovščina)

Primary objective of competing RRI project:

  • Innovative product development – energy-efficient needle punched felt produced from natural mineral fibres for kitchen ovens that will help kitchen oven producers in the manufacturing of energy class A ovens under the new Commission Regulation (EU) No. 66/2014, and available to the market at a competitive price. Furthermore, the new material will constitute a high added value for us as the producer (i.e. energy efficiency, low material costs and eco-friendly production).

  • The product will exhibit the following characteristics:

    • Volumetric weight of insulation material: 50–150kg/m3

    • Specific heat capacity (Cp): 0.84kJ/kg.K

    • Thermal conductivity (λ) at high temperatures: <0.06W/m.K

The newly developed material/innovation will improve and strengthen our position in the kitchen oven insulation material production sector.

Total grant awarded: €493,204.42


The investment is financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.

More information on the European cohesion policy in Slovenia available at


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