Armacell – From pioneer to global market leader
Armacell, the successor company to Armstrong World Industries’ insulation products division, was founded in 2000 following a management buyout. As an independent company with financially strong investors, Armacell is expanding into new markets. In addition to strengthening its position as global leader in the market of technical insulation materials the company has successfully tapped into new fields of business, such as manufacturing and marketing foam plastics for a wide variety of applications.
In 2013, Armacell found a new financial partner for its growth-oriented business strategy in British investors Charterhouse Capital Partners. Armacell International Holding GmbH, the holding organisation for companies and sales offices operating worldwide, is based in Münster, Germany. Today, Armacell has some 2,500 employees and manufactures products at 20 plants in 13 countries on four continents. In 2013, the company generated a gross annual turnover of 500 million euros. With production facilities in China, Thailand, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and now South Korea, Armacell opened up new geographical markets early on. In markets where Armacell does not have its own factories, sales offices and distributors complete a broad sales network that is unique in the industry. In Germany, Armacell produces at three locations: in Münster, the company’s largest production facility worldwide, Friesenhofen (Allgäu) and Herzebrock (Westphalia).
In 1954, the pioneering company invented Armaflex, the first flexible insulation product. In doing so, it established a new branch of industry – flexible technical insulation – that it has been shaping ever since. Armaflex is now the world’s best-known brand for flexible technical insulation, and the brand name has become an eponym in the building materials industry. The company has contributed greatly to the professionalization of the sector and has set industry standards throughout the world in its role as a technology leader. Almost all significant innovations in the field of flexible technical insulation materials were introduced by Armacell. In addition to conventional thermal insulation materials to protect against heat and cold, the company today offers a wide range of covering systems, fire protection and noise control solutions, pre-insulated pipes, special insulation systems for applications in industry, and the accessories to match. Armacell’s insulation materials are designed for both new and existing installations, and they are used in residential and non-residential buildings, process industries, transportation and the oil and gas industry. Armacell is a system provider. As a result, its different product solutions go hand in hand in terms of their functionality and ease of installation. The company invests continually in research and development to strengthen its position as a manufacturer of technologically pioneering products. Against the backdrop of rising energy prices, stricter energy conservation laws and the rapid pace of climate change, the insulation of building equipment and industrial installations will play an even more important role in the future.
Armacell is a dynamic, flexible company whose maxim is to guarantee customer satisfaction and quality throughout all its corporate divisions. The company has the expertise and the resources to master tomorrow’s challenges. The potential of its employees is a driving force behind the company’s success. Their experience, commitment and innovative thinking have made Armaflex the brand it is today. For Armacell, fostering the development of employees and their skills is part of its corporate responsibility and one of the company’s highest priorities. Throughout it all, Armacell will continue to stand for what has characterized the company for 100 years: being partners to its business associates, technical excellence and sustainable business development.