Annual Review 2019

Global News
October 23, 2019
Triple Success in Global Awards
Triple success in Global Awards

Knauf Insulation received three honours in the Global Insulation Awards 2019. The company was voted Global Insulation Plant of the Year for its new greenfield site at Illange; awarded Global Insulation Innovation of the Year for JetSpray and Davide Maiello, our Head of Market and Business Intelligence for Europe and CIS, pictured left, was named Personality of the Year. The awards build on last year’s success when Knauf Insulation was voted Global Insulation Company of the Year 2018.

Gobal Insulation Awards
Skofja Loka plant
Double celebration at Slovenian plant

2018 was a landmark year for our Škofja Loka site in Slovenia which saw the plant celebrate its 60th anniversary and the official opening of our new Knauf Insulation Experience Center. Rock Mineral Wool production started in the village of Bodovlje and today the Škofja Loka site enjoys an international reputation for the research and development of innovative high performance thermal, fire and acoustic solutions.

Landmark donation

Knauf Insulation has donated a landmark 20 million Czech crowns (CZK) to local clubs and sports organisations in the Czech town of Krupka in the decade since 2008. The landmark sum was reached following a January 2019 donation of CZK725,000 to local sports organisations. Krupka also operates a KI Grant for non-profits which distributes CZK500,000 annually.

Landmark donation - Krupka
Knauftoberfest 40 KINA
40 years of KINA

We celebrated 40 years of Knauf Insulation North America (KINA) in 2018. The company began operations at Shelbyville, Indiana, and now has about 1,600 employees in six locations across the United States and is the largest employer in Shelby County. To celebrate the anniversary, everyone enjoyed a Midwest-style Oktoberfest, dubbed Knauftoberfest.

Heraklith boost

A new production line has been introduced at our Heraklith Wood Wool site in Simbach to enable the bonding of wood layers to insulation cores. The new system was completed in June 2019 and will increase the capacity to react to the increasing market demand and to provide a faster turn-around for customers.

Heraklith - Simbach
KINE's monkeys
UK monkey Business

Knauf Insulation Northern Europe has donated a pallet of Earthwool Loft Roll to Monkey World in the UK. The rescue centre for 54 chimpanzees and 200 other primates was being renovated and required insulation. “The animals are from Africa and need warm rooms during cold days,” said Charlie Crowther, Monkey World spokesman. “We work hard to avoid heat lost and as a rescue center that receives no outside funding, we needed to find ways to lower costs.”

Charity champions

During the six weeks it took to carry out refurbishment work at our Cwmbran plant in the UK, the site’s 207 employees volunteered their time with local charities under Knauf Insulation’s ‘Community Matters’ programme. In total, 576 hours were given to supporting four local causes, including two hospices, a resource centre for people with learning disabilities, and an animal rescue facility.

Cwmbran - charity champions

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