Paroc celebrates 80 years


Paroc celebrates 80 years

Paroc celebrates 80 yearsThis year marks Paroc’s 80th year in business. It’s an important landmark in our journey as market leader in energy-efficient and fire safe solutions for building insulation, technical insulation, and acoustics. We would like to celebrate our anniversary by honouring the people and organisations who have grown with us and helped us get where we are today. 

We started our journey in Sweden back in 1937, where business was driven by the importance of well-insulated houses and high need for durable construction solutions. In the following decade, we established the production of insulation materials in Finland, where the first technical insulation products began to address the growing demand for industrial insulation. 

Since then, we have maintained a passion for developing new insulation solutions that help our customers build better structures with less effort and so improve the value of their property. Enhancing economical, environmental and social sustainability of the built environment is fundamental to all our development work.
 
Each month of this year, we will be sharing stories and memories from throughout our company’s history and invite you to join us as we publish these stories on our website and across social media.

 

    

See Paroc

Watch a short video from each of the countries in which we have a production plant. See the people that run our offices and factories, how they carry out their work as well as some of the different local building projects that benefit from our products. 

Meet Paroc

Read interesting stories about our customers from across Europe. As partners in sustainability, hear their thoughts and insight into how the past years have gone and how they see the next 80 years.

Paroc and Onninen

Relationship built on trust and mutual interest

One of the main distributers of our products, Onninen, has already been a Paroc customer for 30 years. In addition to Finland, the companies co-operate in the Baltics and Poland.

What are the success factors behind this long-lasting relationship?

Says Timo Mänty, CEO of Onninen: “We have approximately 10,000 suppliers, and have a responsibility to sell and distribute products that meet our customers’ high standards for quality and sustainability. It is important for us to conduct business with equally responsible partners.”

Having worked together for over 30 years, the mutual ways of working are familiar and co-operation becomes predictable. This also makes it easier for Onninen to answer their customers’ needs.

Mänty also compliments the open and direct communication culture between the companies: “It is all about being interested in one another – what we do, why, how we do it and so on. We feel that Paroc is truly interested in our operations and understands our business well.”

Onninen can also benefit from Paroc’s industry insight. “It is important for us to gain market information from our key segments, which we can pass on to our own clients,” Mänty explains.

During the years, the companies have been able to build a relationship based on mutual interest and trust. Both companies have the same goal: to serve the needs of their customers better than anyone else, achieved by maintaining active dialogue and continuous development.

Know Paroc

Learn 80 facts about our company and its products, past and future. Uncover some eye-opening statistics and extraordinary information, advice, life hacks and innovative approaches to sustainability, energy efficiency and renovation.

Facts about Paroc1. In the 1970s, our products got their familiar red-and-white-striped packaging.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Facts about Paroc1. 2016 exceeded expectations for innovation sales. The best metric for our innovation work is the percentage of sales from innovations. In 2016, sales from our innovations increased by a massive 74% over 2015. This represented 20 percentage points over the target we set ourselves for 2016. It is important to note that innovation sales case from both new solutions and improvements in the production process.

We began a large investment in our Polish factory located at Trzemeszno. The objective of the project was to upgrade an existing production line and thereby improve the productivity and increase the capacity by 30%. The upgraded one of the production lines enabled delivery of more advanced technical insulation products to Central Europe.

In 2016, in we generated over 250 documented ideas for improvements in product, technology and processes. Around two thirds of the idea came from R&D teams. But a growing portion (currently around 20%) came from employees that are outside R&D through, for example, innovation competition.

 
 
 
Facts about Paroc1. Sustainability requirements are driving change among our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and end users. The change is both a significant opportunity and a huge challenge. Paroc wants to be at the forefront of this change. 

Over the years, we have aimed at both short- and long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability by developing operations with a focus on resource and energy efficiency. In more recent years, we have started and participated in several projects dealing with everything from our products’ environmental impact to knowledge on how to build energy-efficient houses and how to make energy-efficiency renovations as cost effectively as possible. 

We can proudly claim to have pioneered both low-energy house concepts as well as cutting edge concepts for cost-effective energy refurbishments. As we develop our offering, we aim to reduce the energy use in the built environment – without forgetting aesthetic values. The built environment consumes 40% of all energy in the EU. This presents a huge opportunity for solutions that make a difference.
 
 
 
Facts about Paroc1. PAROC Air – the roof insulation solution against moisture. Paroc's innovative ventilated roof insulation against moisture is the clear market leader. All our competitors can do is copy it. Moisture has always been a problem in building construction. 

In the middle of the 1980s we developed a flat roof insulation solution with ventilation to solve the moisture problem. 

Today this solution is known as PAROC Air. It is the most popular flat roof solution in many of our markets. All our competitors in the insulation business can do is copy it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Facts about Paroc1. We recommend a reverberation time of 0.8 – 1.5 seconds at frequencies between 250 – 4000 Hz so that it can be tuned according to different needs. A shorter reverberation time is needed at official gatherings, while a longer time is used for concerts. 

If the space is used for multiple purposes, and it differs from the shape of a rectangle surrounding space, use acoustic consultants for designing. 

Acoustic solution, halls & auditoriums When designing acoustics for halls and auditoriums, clarify the main purpose of use and use both reflective and absorbing materials on the walls and the ceiling.

Recommended products: PARAFON Classic, PARAFON Colortone, PARAFON Royal

 
 
 
 

Facts about Paroc1. Paroc named Global Insulation Company of the Year 2016

Paroc Group has been named the Global Insulation Company of the Year 2016 at the 11th Global Insulation Conference – the most important annual event for the insulation industry. Paroc has won the prestigious title for the second time, repeating its success in the 2012 Gala.
This year’s conference, held in Hamburg, Germany at the end of September, saw a growing number of participants representing all stages of investment process – planners, engineers, contractors, insulation manufacturers, as well as construction researchers. The conference has successfully taken place with around 150 delegates from 27 countries, who debated on the newest market trends, manufacturing advances and innovative insulation technologies.

Paroc Group has been given credit for its highly innovative, yet sustainable approach to the insulation market. Last year saw a number of Paroc innovations which helped to create more value from proven materials. The award received by Paroc was largely based on the company's pioneering role in attention to environmental effects.

Apart from the Insulation Company of the Year title, awards were also given in the following categories: Equipment Supplier, Insulation Plant, Insulation Product, Technical Innovation and Personality of the Year. Nominations were received from participants in the global insulation industry in an online voting process. After input from a panel of judges, a final nominations list in each category was put to a final on-line vote, open to all participants in the glob al insulation industry. 

Up to this date, Paroc has received two Insulation Company of the Year titles (first one in 2012), as well as the Insulation Product of the Year 2015 award for PAROC eXtra general insulation slab. 

 

Facts about Paroc1. The Grolsch Brewery is built on a huge 25 hectare area south of the town of Enschede near the German border. It replaced two older breweries of the Dutch beer producer Royal Grolsch N.V. The total area of the brewery complex will be 120,000 m2 including a tank building, process and bottling facilities, offices, and a distribution centre as well as a power plant. The brewery produces 3.2 million hectoliters (320 million liters) of beer annually and employs some 650 people. 

The architect Andreas Helstedt from the Danish company HMT, specialists in brewery planning, wanted to create an impression of cassettes on the complex facades with PAROC shadow panels. Their V-shaped joints form a clear profile between the panels and emphasise the smoothness of the panels. In the high, massive tank building, “larger cassettes” were created with a new design where shadow joints were applied only to every second panel joint.

The Grolsch Brewery is one of the largest single projects in Paroc Panel System’s history, including approximately 50,000 m2 of PAROC panels: 
Facades: PAROC shadow panels 
Partitions: PAROC line 200 panels 
PAROC corner panels

 
Facts about ParocWhat is wool?

Facts about wool 1: Term
While in the United States the term “wool” is usually restricted to describing the fibrous protein derived from the specialized skin cells called follicles in sheep. In the UK the term may be used of any long curling fiber such as “wood”, “wire wool”, etc.

Facts about wool 2: Shearing
Sheep shearing is the process by which the woolen fleece of a sheep is cut off. After shearing, the wool is separated into four main categories: fleece (which makes up the vast bulk), broken, bellies, and locks.

Facts about wool 3: Scouring
Wool straight off a sheep, known as “greasy wool” or “wool in the grease”, contains a high level of valuable lanolin, as well as dirt, dead skin, sweat residue, pesticides, and vegetable matter. Before the wool can be used for commercial purposes, it must be scoured, a process of cleaning the greasy wool.

Facts about wool 4: Quality
The quality of wool is determined by its fiber diameter, crimp, yield, color, and staple strength. Fiber diameter is the single most important wool characteristic determining quality and price.

Facts about wool 5: Production
Global wool production is approximately 1.3 million tonnes per year, of which 60% goes into apparel. Australia is the leading producer of wool which is mostly from Merino sheep. New Zealand is the second-largest producer of wool, and the largest producer of crossbred wool.

Facts about wool 6: Uses
In addition to clothing, wool has been used for blankets, horse rugs, saddle cloths, carpeting, felt, wool insulation and upholstery. Wool felt covers piano hammers, and it is used to absorb odors and noise in heavy machinery and stereo speakers.

Facts about wool 7: Market
United States sheep producers market wool with private or cooperative wool warehouses, but wool pools are common in many states. In some cases, wool is pooled in a local market area, but sold through a wool warehouse.

Facts about wool 8: Organic Wool
Organic wool is becoming more and more popular. This wool is very limited in supply and much of it comes from New Zealand and Australia. It is becoming easier to find in clothing and other products, but these products often carry a higher price.

Facts about wool 9: Bedouins
Bedouins (desert dwellers) have worn sheep wool and sheep wool fabric blend for centuries.

Facts about wool 10: Non-allergenic
Wool is also naturally non-allergenic. Allergic reactions to wool are either due to lanolin, or the many harsh and toxic chemicals that go into the treatment, and finishing of conventional wool garments and bedding.

Source http://infactcollaborative.com

 

Paroc Alphabet

Discover and take into daily use our terminology, where each letter of the English alphabet stands for a word related to our business, product portfolio or company values.

Paroc AcousticPeople are spending more and more of their time indoors, which means that the quality of the indoor environment is becoming ever more important to our general well-being. An important aspect of the indoor environment is the acoustic environment. The need for good acoustic solutions in buildings is growing rapidly with the desire to plan and build more dense areas with close connections to transport routes. The level of demand for high-class building in terms of sound insulation and room acoustics is also growing in many markets. PAROC stone wool is excellent material for use in sound insulation constructions. Our acoustic solutions are used in offices and industrial halls, hospitals and swimming halls, restaurants and theatres.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paroc InnovationPAROC is an innovative and trusted partner for a sustainable built environment. Innovation is one of the key PAROC values. We challenge current ways of working to improve our business to achieve long-term growth by inventing and commercializing new ideas. Throughout the years, expertise has been the cornerstone of our operations. This expertise produced a number of innovations, including Europe’s first permanent-shaped insulation panels in 1948 for building insulation applications. In the 1950s, we launched technical insulation materials; solutions for the fire and thermal insulation of pipes. In the 1960s came soil insulation to keep the moisture out of house foundations, railway tracks and roads. Then, in the 1980s, we introduced our sandwich elements with steel cladding on the outside and a stone wool core, ready to be installed in facades or ceilings. In the 1990s, we introduced the concept of low-energy construction. In the 2000s, we followed up with our definition of the Passive House and its certification. At Paroc, we do our utmost to anticipate the emerging requirements and be ready with solutions for the market when demand materializes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paroc MarineThe shipbuilding industry sets very high requirements for safety and comfort. The products and structures used in ships must be fire tested and approved according to the rules and regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). PAROC Marine and Offshore offers economical and safe insulation solutions for fire protection as well as for on-board thermal and sound insulation. Furthermore, functionality together with easy and fast installation has become more and more important. These requirements demand alternative solutions for different fire applications. PAROC has several approvals for A60, A30 and A15 class solutions for steel and aluminum, decks and bulkheads. For offshore applications PAROC has approvals for H120 and H60 steel decks and bulkheads.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paroc Sustainability

Sustainability requirements are driving change among our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and end users. The change is both a significant opportunity and a huge challenge. PAROC wants to be at the forefront of this change. Over the years, we have aimed at both short- and long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability by developing operations with a focus on resource and energy efficiency. In more recent years, we have started and participated in several projects dealing with everything from our products’ environmental impact to knowledge on how to build energy-efficient houses and how to make energy-efficiency renovations as cost effectively as possible.  We can proudly claim to have pioneered both low-energy house concepts as well as cutting edge concepts for cost-effective energy refurbishments. As we develop our offering, we aim to reduce the energy use in the built environment – without forgetting aesthetic values. The built environment consumes 40% of all energy in the EU. This presents a huge opportunity for solutions that make a difference. We develop our solutions so that they align with the sustainability needs of our end users and customers. The challenge is huge and the opportunities even bigger. We have embarked upon our path of sustainability, step by step. 

 
 
 
 

Paroc celebrates 80 yearsGeneral insulation slab PAROC eXtra is made of non-combustible stone wool and used for thermal, sound and fire insulation applications, such as walls, attics and floors, in all kinds of buildings. The highly insulating slab is soft and rigid. The slab is easy to handle, cut and install for different kinds of applications. The insulation does not settle, shrink or lose its insulation properties during its lifetime. The greater density of the slab is not prone to convection so the thermal resistance of the product is maintained even during extremely cold winters.  PAROC eXtra slabs can be used for thermal insulation and fire protection of almost all renovated and new multi-story buildings as well as individual houses, commercial, administrative, or industrial buildings and other multi-purpose structures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paroc celebrates 80 years

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