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The new €23.6 million hi-tech ROCKPANEL production line just opened. Tougher requirements on energy performance, new building techniques and increasing requirements on architectural and aesthetic qualities have increased demand for solutions within facade cladding boards. Now production capacity is tripled.

Aesthetic, easy-to-mount and durable facades has become a more and more popular product within a building industry where the requirements to sustainability, total installed cost and architectural qualities are constantly increasing.

This week, the ROCKWOOL Group opens a new hi-tech line for production of facade cladding boards made from hard pressed stone wool fibers. The new production line will triple ROCKPANEL’s production capacity and enable the ROCKWOOL subsidiary company to continue its growth. The ROCKPANEL business has a annual revenue of more than 40 million EUR and a profit ratio well above the average in the ROCKWOOL Group.

The new production line is based on the latest technology within the area and it represents an investment of 23,6 million EUR. The line has been established in connection with the ROCKWOOL Group’s production site in Roermond in the Netherlands, centrally located to supply both existing markets as well as the new growth markets in Europe, which ROCKPANEL expects to develop over the coming years.

The background for the ROCKPANEL success during the last years is influenced by several things. Like e.g. the increased requirements regarding the energy performance of buildings. The tougher requirements have led to an increase in the renovation rate of facades on existing buildings – an area where the ROCKPANEL products fit very well. Within new build, both energy requirements as well as the wish for more sustainable and aesthetical solutions have meant an increased focus on the ROCKPANEL product features. The panels are available in a wide range of colors and surface designs.

ROCKPANEL facade panels are made by natural, sustainable raw material (stone) and are 100% recyclable. This has helped the ROCKPANEL products to be rated among the most sustainable types of building materials.

The new ROCKPANEL production line was inaugurated by the Dutch minster of buildings, Mr. Stef Blok, assisted by the Danish ambassador in the Netherlands, Mr. Ole Moesby. Also the ROCKWOOL Group’s CEO Eelco van Heel participated:

“We are convinced that we can develop this business into a strong, European player, which will contribute significantly to the future of the ROCKWOOL Group,” mr. van Heel says.

Rewarding unique design

In connection with the inauguration of the new factory, ROCKPANEL has invited architects and designers from all over Europe to create a brand new and unique surface design. The best design will be rewarded with ROCKPANELs own Product Design Award. Part of the price is putting the winning design into production – bearing the designers name.

With this price, ROCKPANEL wishes to put focus on the creative architectural options in its products.

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