Jean-Claude Carlin has marked his first hundred days as Knauf Insulation’s new Group CEO with a commitment to increased production investment in Europe and North America.
Visé, Belgium, 8 June 2017,
Since starting his new role in February, Mr Carlin has been on a global fact-finding mission to visit the company’s key plants holding personal meetings with customers and employees at each location.
Mr Carlin said: “The first few months of the year proved to be highly promising for the industry and in good times it is vital that we focus on doing an even better job of providing the best possible service and quality for our customers. That is why we are planning on maximising our global footprint through investing in improvements and increasing our production capacity across the globe.”
Production investments include:
- Our Visé plant in Belgium — new home of our global headquarters and one of our most strategic locations which supports important European markets — will restart its second line by the end of the year as well as adding new capacity to meet increasing demand for Blowing Wool.
- A major upgrade to our line in St Egidien in Germany is underway using state of the art Knauf Insulation developed technology, as part of our commitment to upgrade all our Rock Mineral Wool production facilities. These follow major improvements to our line in Nova Bana in Slovakia and Skjofja Loka, Slovenia in 2014 and 2015. Another major upgrade is planned in Europe next year.
- In North America we are restarting our second line at our Inwood plant in West Virginia to support growing residential demand in the North East and to provide a balanced footprint across the entire country.
Mr Carlin added: “While visiting our plants around the world, I have been very impressed by our production teams. They consistently combine local market insight and effortless international cooperation to create solutions for our customers. Our success is a tribute to their commitment to our customers and to continuous improvement.”
About Knauf Insulation
Knauf Insulation has more than 40 years of experience in the insulation industry and is one of the most respected names in insulation worldwide. We operate more than 37 manufacturing sites globally in 15 countries and employ more than 5,000 people. Our annual turnover is more than €1.6 billion [i].
Our mission is to challenge conventional thinking and create innovative insulation solutions that shape the way we live and build in the future, with care for the people who make them, the people who use them and the world we all depend on.
Our vision is to lead the change in smarter insulation solutions for a better world.
[i] Based on 2016 figures