UK Volume 20 Kingspan Group Superbrands UK Annual Vol.20 In September 2018 Kingspan Facades was launched – a new business incorporating Kingspan Group’s portfolio of facade products under a single supply point, to provide the most appropriate solution for any type of facade requirement. In response to the call for higher standards of installation and oversight on construction projects, Kingspan Facades will be underpinned by an industry-leading Compliance Assured scheme to support customers through design, installation training and on-site inspection during construction and handover of a BS 8414 tested, BR 135 certified Kingspan Facade system. Kingspan Environmental Division was renamed Kingspan Water & Energy to better reflect its ambition to become a global leader in the design and supply of sustainable water management solutions, as well as environmentally responsible energy storage solutions, powered by smart monitoring. A new whitepaper from Kingspan Insulation examined how insulation specification can have a significant impact on daylight levels within a building. Kingspan Insulation invested € 17m in two state-of-the-art, low waste production lines at its facilities in Derbyshire and North Yorkshire: a prototype Continuous Process Line 3 (CPL3), which is the latest evolution in the firm’s Queen’s Award-winning CPL technology, and a 2,400 m 2 manufacturing line for XPS insulation. Kingspan Steel Building Solutions invested £1.4m in a state-of-the-art production line at its Walsall manufacturing facility, enhancing its capacity and capability to meet the growing market demand within the storage, handling and distribution sector. Acquisitions included the Spanish polyurethanes business, Synthesia International, Poliuretanos and Huurre in the first quarter of 2018, Poland- based manufacturer of insulated panels and insulation boards, Balex Metal sp. z.o.o., Norwegian water-treatment company Vestfold Plastindustri, and the Brakel Group, a Dutch based leader in the daylight, natural ventilation and smoke management sectors. The Group also established Kingspan Jindal in India, and announced a US$10m investment in Invicara, a provider of transformative software solutions. Promotion The different divisions within the Kingspan Group have a healthy and active relationship with the relevant trade press, regularly contributing technical articles looking at industry issues and solutions. Other activities include presenting on testing, policy and legislation at trade events. Regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training is run for construction professionals on a range of different topics, including facades and fire performance, building regulations and the real value of space. Investment in Kingspan’s digital offering has continued, with both Kingspan Insulation and Kingspan Insulated Panels launching free online learning hubs, offering customers online learning and comprehensive technical support. Brand Values Whether it is tackling climate change or fuel poverty, providing healthy buildings or social value, the Kingspan ethos is about investing in the future. It does this through high performing products, innovation, technical expertise, education and support. As a brand it represents quality, service, and corporate responsibility, and it always strives for excellence. The Kingspan ethos can be summed up quite simply: customer focused; solutions-driven; and innovation-led . Through its diverse portfolio and global reach, it provides clients with a comprehensive range of building products and systems that deliver value without compromising on quality or performance , backed up by the very best technical support Market In a market that is increasingly subject to economic, environmental and regulatory influences, Kingspan has worked hard to ensure that its building envelope solutions are proven, compliant, energy efficient and durable. Its advanced systems can speed up construction processes, reduce carbon emissions, and help to create healthy buildings, all around the world. It is also responding to the growing need for water management systems, improvements in air quality, and renewable energy generation, as well as ways of reducing energy demand and meeting fire performance requirements. Product The Kingspan Group has five operational divisions: Insulated Panels, Insulation, Light + Air, Water & Energy, and Access Floors. Each division offers a comprehensive portfolio of construction products, backed by high levels of customer support, including design, technical services, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Building Energy Modelling (BEM), U-value calculations, field services, compliance advice, waste take-back schemes, after sales care and comprehensive product guarantees. Kingspan Light + Air is helping buildings to achieve excellent daylighting levels for a greater number of hours in the day with the launch of Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture – a precision engineered polycarbonate rooflight featuring an advanced, nano-prismatic layer, which uses microscopic structures to efficiently scatter light. Kingspan Insulation has introduced Kingspan Thermataper TT44-K and Thermataper TT47-K, its first tapered roofing systems to incorporate its premium performance Kooltherm insulation, delivering excellent drainage and thermal efficiency with even slimmer, lightweight constructions. A new range of architectural floor finishes was launched at London Build 2018 as part of Kingspan Access Floors’ product range. The new range of integrated, bonded and overlay finishes include a wide variety of Terrazzo, Porcelain and genuine timber. Achievements Kingspan Group has been placed on the CDP Climate Change ‘A’ list for a third year running. In 2017, 69% of the total energy used by Kingspan’s operations came from renewable sources, and the Group is on target to achieve its goal of Net Zero Energy (NZE) status by 2020. The new Light + Air division performed ahead of expectations and expanded the range of product solutions the business offers. After a strong year in 2017 and the development of a unique US and European footprint, sales were up 57% in the first half of 2018. Kingspan Insulation was a Regional winner for Best Use of Technology in the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and was also shortlisted for the Made in the Midlands Awards, Manufacturer of the Year. Kingspan Insulated Panels won Manufacturer of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2018, was shortlisted for the Offsite Awards, Best Use of Steel and the Solar Power Portal Awards, C & I Storage Project of the Year. Recent Developments Kingspan Group joined some of the world’s leading global companies in a commitment to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10%. Polycarbonate is tough – it’s used for riot shields as well as /ingspan rooÂights DIDYOU KNOW? Brand History 1960 s The Kingspan Group, founded by Eugene Murtagh, starts up with the manufacture of steel frame buildings. 1970 s A move is made into the small-scale manufacture of environmental products. 1980 s Plants are established in Ireland and the UK, manufacturing Insulated Panels and Insulation products. 1990 s Expansion and diversification into Europe takes place. Facilities and sales teams are established in Benelux, Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. 2000 s The Group’s global presence grows across Europe, North America, Australia, and South East Asia. Further acquisitions lead to the creation of two new Divisions – Access Floors and Environmental (now Water & Energy). 2010 s Continued growth takes place as well as the creation of the new Division – Kingspan Light + Air. © Photography by Hufton + Crow