Armacell – From Pioneer to a Global Market Leader
Armacell, a world leader in flexible insulation foams for the equipment-insulation market, is also a leading provider of engineered foams. The company operates within two main businesses: Advanced Insulation and Engineered Foams. The Advanced Insulation business develops flexible insulation foam products for the insulation of mechanical equipment in markets where energy distribution is required such as HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration applications in residential and non-residential construction, as well as process lines in various industries and the international oil & gas business.
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 560 million in 2016.
The successor company to Armstrong World Industries’ insulation products business was founded in 2000 following a management buyout. Armacell is a truly global company and is managed from its regional headquarters 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 3,000 people worldwide and follows a strategy of internationalisation with 25 manufacturing plants in 16 countries on four continents. With production facilities in the USA, China, Thailand, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, 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).