Knauf Insulation has officially opened its first plant in Turkey marking anexciting new chapter for the international company.

TheTopraksite was bought in 2010 and Knauf Insulation has completely modernised the plantand introduced the latest technology to ensure it is a model of sustainable production.

Today the plant, based in the Turkish province of Eskişehir, employs 110 people and has an annual Mineral Wool production capacity of 45,000 tonnes.

“The plant opens up exciting business opportunities not just in Turkey but also in neighbouring countries,” says EmreGürcan, the company’s General Manager in Turkey.

Since entering the Turkish market in 2012, Knauf Insulation has enjoyed significant sales success.

“Our wool offers everything our customers want,” says Gürcan. “It is flexible which saves time on site, it is not itchy which our installers like and everyone is interested in our ECOSE® Technology which is a formaldehyde-free binder based on renewable materials instead of petro-based chemicals.”

Turkey offers huge potential for Knauf Insulation. This economic powerhouse of a country has enjoyed consistent year-on-year growth with construction activities up by 5% in 2013 compared to the previous year.

As a result of this construction boom, a highly effective sales team and a good word-of-mouth reputation, Knauf Insulation has enjoyed considerable sales success in Turkey.

But with the launch of the new Toprak plant the company aims to build on this success by taking a significant share of the domestic insulation market. There are more than 74 million people in Turkey.

An important aspect of Knauf Insulation’s activities in Turkey is to launch public awareness activities about the benefits of energy efficiency.

“We are working hard with government ministries, municipalities and non-governmental organisations to educate the Turkish market about the importance of saving energy and saving money,” said Gürcan. “This is a big country and this is a big challenge, but it’s a challenge we relish.”

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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.”

23.10.2019

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 www.eu-skladi.si

 

11.09.2019
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