Fibrolith and SOPREMA join forces.
From now on, Fibrolith Dämmstoffe GmbH will be a member of the SOPREMA Group.
A French parent company is not an entirely new thing for the innovative and continuously growing manufacturer of insulation and sound-absorbing panels. Before Fibrolith belonged to the Belgian Etex Group from 2012 to 2018, Fibrolith had been an affiliate for 19 years in a French corporate group, the Lafarge Group.
SOPREMA is a worldwide operating specialist for sealing and heat insulation of buildings and infrastructure buildings with a company history of more than 100 years.
Besides this core business, the SOPREMA Group pursues a growth strategy that it pushes ahead with innovative competence. For this, it relies on the expansion of its product range. The Group has overall about 7,000 employees in more than 90 countries.
We in Kempenich are very pleased that SOPREMA is making a commitment to Fibrolith and continues the business under the tried and proven leadership by Mr. Peter Graner and his management team. Good news for the employees because the site in the Vulkan-Eifel district is not at risk. All employees in administration and production have their jobs secured for the long term.
CEO Peter Graner: “We will carry on our product portfolio under our new parent company SOPREMA and continue the positive business development of the past few years.”
After three and a half years of negotiations, Peter Graner, the CEO of Fibrolith Dämmstoffe GmbH in Kempenich, succeeded in securing the largest single order in the company’s history. The Chinese construction syndicate, Chinese State Construction Engineering Cooperation (CSCEC), having been awarded the construction contract for the world’s third-largest mosque, was impressed by Fibrolith’s capacity and reliability. The decisive factors were the solid technical consulting, sample inspections and the clear tenders that made the mid-sized company with a long tradition ultimately prevail over all competitors.
The customer relationship with CSCEC was already initiated in the summer of 2014 with a plant visit in the Rhineland-Palatinate town of Kempenich, located in the Vulkan-Eifel district. A number of in-depth technical meetings with the Chinese construction company followed to ensure that Fibrolith can satisfy the high standards of such a monumental building.
“Djamaa El Djazair” or the “Grand Mosque of Algiers” is a building of its own league with a total construction volume of 1.2 million dollar. It will be built in the bay of Algiers on a 26-hectare property. The minaret, which is the tower of the mosque, is planned as a high-rise building with a height of approx. 265 meters and it is also intended that it houses a museum and several research institutions. The central prayer room is a massive cube with a square floor space of 145 x 145 meters and a height of 22.5 meters. The house of prayer itself offers space for about 40,000 worshippers. The entire building complex of the mosque that is under construction at this time in the Algerian capital will be rounded out by libraries, a cultural center, movie theaters and parking garages.
The products of Fibrolith will be used in said parking garages. More specifically, the ceilings will be insulated with the “Fibro-THERM-S” insulating boards. These boards are multi-layer panels made of PEFC-certified wood wool and a core of non-flammable stone wool, which can be used in large parking garages with more than 1000 square meters of usable space in accordance with the Garage Regulation.
The delivery for such a large contract over a period of just a few months poses special challenges for nearly all divisions of the company. Production must ensure the on-time completion according to detailed workflow plans; the office staff has to draft the painstaking documentation for each shipment; followed ultimately by the process in logistics that is precisely clocked in the timeline. The around 70 so-called foot containers will be picked by the company Kühne & Nagel in Koblenz and transported on the Rhine river to the Antwerp seaport. They will embark on their journey by sea to Algiers. The first containers have already been packed and are en-route by sea to Algiers reports the company.
Photo source: KSP Jürgen Engel Architects
Acoustic ceilings made of wood wool are not only used in garages or commercial buildings, but are well suited for private living spaces, too. Not only the excellent sound-absorbing properties of the Fibro-KUSTIK boards convinced the builders, but also their natural look. The wood wool structure gives the living room a warm and natural character.
We are proud that Fibrolith on August 08, 2016 has been accident-free for 1000 days. This event had to be celebrated well - by a common breakfast with all our colleagues.
All employees at Fibrolith thus showing their great commitment to work safely and have proven that they know the importance of safety requirements not only in theory but they observe and implement them in their daily work. All of them take care of the elimination of hazardous locations, make colleagues aware of accident risks and are constantly working to make their own work environment safe.
Shouting, singing, jumping, running, and moving chairs - the noise in the multi-purpose room of the Catholic child-care center in Kempenich (Eifel region) was unbearable for educators as well as for parents and children. The reverberating words made parents' evenings or theater performances a torture and two-year olds could not rest and get their midday nap. With the new acoustic ceiling made of wood-wool light-weight boards the reverberation times have been reduced by more than 2 seconds. And the design is likely to convince creative planners. Remember "Tetris"?