Armacell – From Pioneer to a Global Market Leader
As the inventors of flexible foam for equipment insulation and a leading provider of engineered foams, Armacell develops innovative and safe thermal, acoustic and mechanical solutions that create sustainable value for its customers. Armacell's products significantly contribute to global energy efficiency making a difference around the world every day. With 3,100 employees and 25 production plants in 17 countries, the company operates two main businesses, Advanced Insulation and Engineered Foams. Armacell focuses on insulation materials for technical equipment, high-performance foams for high-tech and lightweight applications and next generation aerogel blanket technology.
Insulation is an effective and cost-efficient way to improve energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and residential infrastructure. Armacell’s insulation materials are designed for both new and existing installations. The Engineered Foams business develops light foams for the use in a broad range of end-markets including transportation/automotive, wind energy, sports & leisure and construction.
Armacell holds the leading market position in every region in which it operates (Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and India). Over the last 25 years, no significant competitor has entered the market. Complex production processes with a steep learning curve, proprietary product formulas, and strict quality controls protect Armacell’s leading position. Armacell generated total net sales of approx. EUR 610 million in 2018.
A Global Leader in Energy Efficiency
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 eponymous in the building materials industry.
The company has contributed greatly to the professionalisation of the sector and has set industry standards throughout the world. Armacell insulation materials are among the few products that save more energy than is used for their production: ArmaFlex saves 140 times more energy than is required for their production. They conserve valuable energy resources and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
In light of rising energy prices, stricter energy conservation laws and the rapid pace of climate change, Armacell believes that the insulation of building equipment and industrial installations will play an even more important role in future.
Innovative Solutions for Specific Demands
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.
The products are used in a wide range of applications and are an integral part of everyday life. As water shields and gaskets, they are an essential part of a variety of modern car models, protect against noise pollution from sewer lines and are a central component of wind turbine blades. What's more, Armacell products increase the energy efficiency of industry and building equipment worldwide, including the air ducts in the Empire State Building.
In recent years, Armacell has also developed new insulation systems for the oil & gas industry – a key growth market for the Group – and low-smoke products that are setting new standards in the industry. Being a technology leader in flexible technical insulation materials, Armacell holds 500 active patents across 60 patent families worldwide.
Global Presence, Local Focus
The successor company to Armstrong World Industries’ insulation products business was founded in 2000 following a management buyout. Armacell is a global company and is managed from its global headquarters in Luxembourg with regional head offices in Münster (Germany), Chapel Hill, North Carolina (USA) and Singapore.
Since regional trends drive product offerings, Armacell's products are customized at a local level to ensure that customers’ expectations and requirements in any given region are most effectively catered for.
Today, Armacell employs 3,100 people worldwide and follows a strategy of internationalisation with 25 manufacturing plants in 17 countries. With production facilities in the USA, China, Thailand, India, Brazil, Bahrain, Russia and now Denmark, Armacell has long been a pioneer in exploring new geographical markets and is focused on further growth in emerging markets.
In countries where the group does not have its own manufacturing facilities, sales offices and distributors extend the group’s reach to form a comprehensive sales network. The companies’ main markets are Europe (especially Germany), North America (in particular the US) and Asia (with a focus on China and Korea).