Paroc celebrates 80 years


Paroc celebrates 80 years

Paroc celebrates 80 yearsThis year marks Paroc’s 80th year in business. It’s an important landmark in our journey as market leader in energy-efficient and fire safe solutions for building insulation, technical insulation, and acoustics. We would like to celebrate our anniversary by honouring the people and organisations who have grown with us and helped us get where we are today. 

We started our journey in Sweden back in 1937, where business was driven by the importance of well-insulated houses and high need for durable construction solutions. In the following decade, we established the production of insulation materials in Finland, where the first technical insulation products began to address the growing demand for industrial insulation. 

Since then, we have maintained a passion for developing new insulation solutions that help our customers build better structures with less effort and so improve the value of their property. Enhancing economical, environmental and social sustainability of the built environment is fundamental to all our development work.
 
Each month of this year, we will be sharing stories and memories from throughout our company’s history and invite you to join us as we publish these stories on our website and across social media.

 

    

See Paroc

Watch a short video from each of the countries in which we have a production plant. See the people that run our offices and factories, how they carry out their work as well as some of the different local building projects that benefit from our products. 

Meet Paroc

Read interesting stories about our customers from across Europe. As partners in sustainability, hear their thoughts and insight into how the past years have gone and how they see the next 80 years.

Paroc and Onninen

Relationship built on trust and mutual interest

One of the main distributers of our products, Onninen, has already been a Paroc customer for 30 years. In addition to Finland, the companies co-operate in the Baltics and Poland.

What are the success factors behind this long-lasting relationship?

Says Timo Mänty, CEO of Onninen: “We have approximately 10,000 suppliers, and have a responsibility to sell and distribute products that meet our customers’ high standards for quality and sustainability. It is important for us to conduct business with equally responsible partners.”

Having worked together for over 30 years, the mutual ways of working are familiar and co-operation becomes predictable. This also makes it easier for Onninen to answer their customers’ needs.

Mänty also compliments the open and direct communication culture between the companies: “It is all about being interested in one another – what we do, why, how we do it and so on. We feel that Paroc is truly interested in our operations and understands our business well.”

Onninen can also benefit from Paroc’s industry insight. “It is important for us to gain market information from our key segments, which we can pass on to our own clients,” Mänty explains.

During the years, the companies have been able to build a relationship based on mutual interest and trust. Both companies have the same goal: to serve the needs of their customers better than anyone else, achieved by maintaining active dialogue and continuous development.

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Co-creating top quality and most practical solutions

Paroc is a long-term supplier of insulation solutions to Profesionalios statybų sistemos UAB, a construction company in Vilnius, Lithuania, which specialises in roof installation for industrial, public and residential buildings. Profesionalios statybų sistemos is a front-running user of new Paroc roof insulation solutions and has been actively collaborating with Paroc's Building Insulation since 2007. Both companies actively discuss best solutions for particular cases, with specific requirements.

"We see Paroc as a reliable partner able to ensure top quality, just-in-time deliveries and customer service. Paroc's experts always readily advise on various issues, support in choosing the most efficient and practical solutions," says Žydrūnas Marcinkevičius, head of UAB Profesionalios statybų sistemos.

Profesionalios statybų sistemos has installed Paroc's stone wool insulation products in projects such as Nordika, IKEA and Prisma shopping and entertainment centres in Vilnius, K29 and Green Hall2 office buildings, Druskininkai ski centre, as well as housing projects Bajorų kalvos, Veikmės miško namai, Druskininkų saulės sonata, for example. During the Park Town business centre development project the company installed the first flat roof in Lithuania using the Paroc Proof system.

As Paroc celebrates its 80th anniversary, Žydrūnas Marcinkevičius sends greetings to all Paroc employees: "I wish you to remain as a loyal and tight team as you've always been. A company's employees are a great asset which creates value for its customers. I hope you keep innovating, remain flexible and embrace opportunities."

Making small steps to sustainable future

Binné & Sohn GmbH & Co.KG from Hamburg had been the customer of Paroc since late 1980s. Owing a family business in roofing industry it has always been a priority for the owners to supply best insulation materials to serve the needs of the end-users.

The children hospital in Hamburg was one of those important projects where quality of materials had to meet the technical requirements of the roofing construction. It was a challenge for Paroc sales managers to bring together possible alternatives to the existing market solutions for this particular building construction - Binné Bisotect bitumen membrane had to be glued directly on Paroc ROS. Despite original difficulties realizing this project the project managers were able to make some small necessary steps so that this prototype roof can be used for future projects.

Growing faster than the market

SiltaSILTA company (in Finnish means “bridge”) had been the customer of Paroc for 5 years. The philosophy of the company goes far beyond just selling best products in class. It is really the “bridge” between the producer and end user. The strategy lies on main caterpillar - mutual partnership for growth and development.

SITLA has a main focus in providing products for solutions of rendered façades. For this reason they had been working closely with main structural designers and architects together with top 10 contractors of North West region. They chose Paroc for being the innovator and reliable partner for fire safe and long-lasting insulation solutions. The portfolio of reference projects include residential complexes such as "Sofia", "Shuvalovskiy park", "Samotsvety", "Chistoye nebo" in Saint-Petersburg. 10 000 m3 of LINIO products are supplied to each of the complexes yearly. Since the beginning of cooperation the turnover growth on average was 25%. That makes Silta N1 customer in Russia.

“Together with Paroc we have developed a growth strategy and can see the fruitful results. We will continue to develop our cooperation and bring the services to our customers on a higher level. Wishing Paroc another 80 years of leadership on the market suppling sustainable solutions”, says Elena Azarova, head of SILTA.

Know Paroc

Learn 80 facts about our company and its products, past and future. Uncover some eye-opening statistics and extraordinary information, advice, life hacks and innovative approaches to sustainability, energy efficiency and renovation.

Facts about Paroc
1. In the 1970s, our products got their familiar red-and-white-striped packaging.

2. A loft can be a tight space, making it challenging for insulation slabs. During the 1970s, insulation was typically installed in attics using rakes.
At the end of the 1990s, one of our customers gave us the idea to use a blowing machine for installation. We also figured out that blowing allowed us to utilize the cutting waste. Blowing wool thus solved two problems at once: how to work in tight spaces and what to do with waste. It quickly became one of the hottest items on the market.
Paroc Blowing wool Insulation in combination with stone wool slabs on attic.
 
Today, blowing wool is the most common insulation solution for pitched roofs. For the house owner, it saves time and money. It is also good for the environment, as cutting waste ends up in the attic instead of at the dump. 

 

3. The Innova Project - a New, Innovative Method for Carrying Out Energy Efficient Renovations on Multi-Storey Buildings

The Innova project started at the beginning of 2010 and aimed to motivate housing cooperatives to carry out energy efficiency improvements. The project searched for innovative methods and solutions for energy efficiency upgrades of the existing building stock. 

In August 2010, a four-storey 33-apartment rental building in Riihimäki, built in 1975, was selected for the Innova renovation solution. The existing facades were prefabricated concrete sandwich elements, characteristic for the area. It was renovated to meet the Finnish Passive House requirement, that is, the heating energy demand after the renovation is, at a maximum, 25 kWh/m²a. 

4. In 2002, a new European fire classification system was introduced.

In the new system the amount and composition of the adhesive layer affected the reaction to fire classification. We developed a glue to keep our panels with stone wool insulation as non-combustible (A2-s1, d0) products.

As we were actively following fire safety standardisation in Europe, we became the first manufacturer in Europe to introduce a non-combustible A2-class panel. A dramatic fire in the Netherlands almost 9m high occurred where partition made of PAROC panels prevented the fire from spreading to the other end of the building.

5. In the late 1960s, the market for industrial noise control and sound proofing were dominated by vertically installed baffles. Stone wool had just become the material to use as sound absorbent.

During the oil crisis in the early 1970s, the demand for energy efficient solutions emerged. In 1973, we started using the product 379 (today known as PARAFON Buller) to mount the tile horizontally on the roof. The investment paid itself back in a couple of months. Today PARAFON Buller is one of our most well-known products.

Facts about Paroc1. 2016 exceeded expectations for innovation sales. The best metric for our innovation work is the percentage of sales from innovations. In 2016, sales from our innovations increased by a massive 74% over 2015. This represented 20 percentage points over the target we set ourselves for 2016. It is important to note that innovation sales case from both new solutions and improvements in the production process.

We began a large investment in our Polish factory located at Trzemeszno. The objective of the project was to upgrade an existing production line and thereby improve the productivity and increase the capacity by 30%. The upgraded one of the production lines enabled delivery of more advanced technical insulation products to Central Europe.

In 2016, in we generated over 250 documented ideas for improvements in product, technology and processes. Around two thirds of the idea came from R&D teams. But a growing portion (currently around 20%) came from employees that are outside R&D through, for example, innovation competition.

2. Paroc becomes a member of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V., a non-governmental organization, focused on promoting sustainability throughout the constriction and real estate sectors in Germany.
 

3. One activity we carried out to boost our operation excellence was the Six Sigma Green Belt training, which promotes problem solving based on statistical data. With our own Six Sigma in-house Black Belt, a more experienced in Lean Six Sigma, we are able to increase understanding of new tools and methodologies among plant workers to address root causes of problems, eliminate unnecessary variations and increase the stability of operations.

Participants get to work on a wide range of individual examination projects, from variations in gas consumption to travel costs. Although we are still reviewing the outcome, results to date suggest that the programme can save an impressive 20-30,000 euros per project.

The pilot Green Belt program was carried out in Parainen factory in 2016 and will be rolled out in all factories in 2017. The target for the 2017 productivity improvement had been set at almost double compared to the performance in 2016. To achieve this, the company will continue to invest in increasing efficiency and capitalize on ongoing improvement projects. The target for the waste out of plant for 2017 is 13% (2016 result was 15%).

4. In 2016, we laid the groundwork for increasing responsible sourcing from transportation suppliers. One challenge here is the fact that our sourcing strategy for transportation differs from region to region as it takes into account local market conditions. However, we have seen good initial progress by including responsible sourcing requirements already at the tendering stage and we are ready for wider roll-out in 2017. The current percentage of responsibly sourced transportation is approximately 82%.

Patrik Ahlbäck, Purchasing and Logistics Director, explains why suppliers have reacted favorably to the requirement for more transparency: “Transportation companies have responded positively to our sourcing requirements as they see this both as an industry trend and good practice as the mark of an industry forerunner. They recognize that more efficient transportation means lower costs and emissions, a better reputation, and so a competitive edge.”

Going forward, we will favor route-based sourcing in more and more markets. We will also gain more transparency into and control over our supply chain, since as a consequence, we will work more closely and more directly with local, smaller companies.

5. Expanding Leadership through Safety training to all employees, preventive safety at plants and internal mentoring, we will look at creating a Group-wide leadership development program. As we push ahead to our target of zero accidents by 2020, we will continue with a wide range of safety initiatives at each site, which include clarifying roles and responsibilities of individual employees towards their safety and the safety of others, and developing instructions for machinery design and maintenance. We will also introduce an employee pulse survey every six months and we plan to implement code of conduct training to all employees. In addition, in autumn 2017, we will roll-out training relating to forthcoming EU legislation on personal information.

“2017 will be a lot about continuing the good direction and momentum to date. I’d say if we can hire the right people, recognize achievements and potential, give our employees opportunities and engage them, and grow even better leaders, we’ll be doing a great job. This will have a huge impact on our culture and team spirit. It will impact stakeholder trust and customer orientation, our readiness to execute on our strategy and our contribution to sustainability”, Taija Lehtola, Group HR Director, sums up forthcoming sustainability activities in employee safety and well-being.
Facts about Paroc1. Sustainability requirements are driving change among our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and end users. The change is both a significant opportunity and a huge challenge. Paroc wants to be at the forefront of this change. 

Over the years, we have aimed at both short- and long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability by developing operations with a focus on resource and energy efficiency. In more recent years, we have started and participated in several projects dealing with everything from our products’ environmental impact to knowledge on how to build energy-efficient houses and how to make energy-efficiency renovations as cost effectively as possible. 

We can proudly claim to have pioneered both low-energy house concepts as well as cutting edge concepts for cost-effective energy refurbishments. As we develop our offering, we aim to reduce the energy use in the built environment – without forgetting aesthetic values. The built environment consumes 40% of all energy in the EU. This presents a huge opportunity for solutions that make a difference.
 
2. Our wool recycling service to customers demonstrates responsibility, enhances our reputation and helps meet EU regulation and building certification schemes. There is clearly increasing interest from customers in rewool. However, the service does not come without challenges. Currently, the wool is often contaminated, arrives in relatively small bags and cannot be stored inside. All this means that there is a high percentage of costly manual work involved, even before we can begin to process it. To improve the cost efficiency of rewool and reuse it for production as opposed to the current lower-value bi-products, such as briquetting, we are looking at increasing the involvement of external waste management partners and also helping customers to reduce the amount of waste themselves.

Our main metric for waste is measuring the amount of waste out from plant. Our target is to recycle more materials ourselves. In 2016, we fell short of our target of 11% (actual 15%) due mostly to the new line we installed at our Poland Trzemeszno plant and closing our Lappeenranta factory in Finland. In addition, there was an impact on waste from a quality issue at Russia’s Tver factory and installation of new machinery at our Hällekis plant in Sweden. Despite this temporary setback in reducing waste, we can still see and overall trend of waste reduction in Paroc – 85% of the total amount of waste was recycled.

3. The biggest environmental impact of our supplier operations is the extraction and transportation of natural resources.

Paroc has around 100 suppliers for materials directly related to production, such as fibre, and around another 100 other suppliers, including those for transportation and traded products. In addition to these, we have suppliers for indirect services, such as maintenance and security. Our suppliers are mostly in Europe, the majority in countries we operate in, and in Asia.

As well as a growing number of external audits, we also conduct internal audits on our suppliers and six quarries in Finland, which all have ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification. It is also important to keep in mind that in most of our supplier countries, governments and authorities already impose strict legislation on such topics as human rights, environmental performance, worker rights, company finance and health and safety.

We are pleased to announce that in 2016, we were able to take the level of production materials certified from responsible sources up to 75% among first-tier suppliers (typically stone raw materials and chemicals). At the same time, in both internal and external audits, none of Paroc’s suppliers were identified as having significant actual or potential negative impacts in the supply chain for labor practices or the environment.

 
4. LOWERING EMISSIONS THROUGH CLEANING TECHNOLOGY
The introduction of new cleaning technology is part of our ongoing efforts to minimize emissions during melting, such as CO, sulphur/nitrogen oxides and dust, and limit downstream emissions, such as binder chemicals, formaldehyde, ammonia and dust. This is in line with EU legislation on emissions, which, for example, introduced even stricter emission sanctions during 2016.

5. In 2016, we laid the groundwork for increasing responsible sourcing from transportation suppliers. One challenge here is the fact that our sourcing strategy for transportation differs from region to region as it takes into account local market conditions. However, we have seen good initial progress by including responsible sourcing requirements already at the tendering stage and we are ready for wider roll-out in 2017. The current percentage of responsibly sourced transportation is approximately 82%.

Patrik Ahlbäck, Purchasing and Logistics Director, explains why suppliers have reacted favorably to the requirement for more transparency: “Transportation companies have responded positively to our sourcing requirements as they see this both as an industry trend and good practice as the mark of an industry forerunner. They recognize that more efficient transportation means lower costs and emissions, a better reputation, and so a competitive edge.”

Going forward, we will favor route-based sourcing in more and more markets. We will also gain more transparency into and control over our supply chain, since as a consequence, we will work more closely and more directly with local, smaller companies.
Facts about Paroc1. PAROC Air – the roof insulation solution against moisture. Paroc's innovative ventilated roof insulation against moisture is the clear market leader. All our competitors can do is copy it. Moisture has always been a problem in building construction. 

In the middle of the 1980s we developed a flat roof insulation solution with ventilation to solve the moisture problem. 

Today this solution is known as PAROC Air. It is the most popular flat roof solution in many of our markets. All our competitors in the insulation business can do is copy it.
 
2. Paroc carefully studies industry trends when developing new solutions.

PAROC® Prewis™ for seamless rendered facades Architects’ love for rendered facades inspired us to develop our own prefabricated, insulated rendered facade panels.

We launched the solution in 2004. The result combines the ease of prefabricated panels with the beauty of a seamless rendered facade. Rendered facade lamella PAROC Linio 80 is non-combustible stone wool insulation for use as a base layer of thin rendered facade in existing and new buildings. The lamella has excellent thermal insulation and alkali resistance properties. It doesn't accumulate moisture or react to changes in temperature. With rendered facade insulation lamella you can easily create a smooth base layer for thin rendering, improve the sound insulation and increase the fire resistance of walls. Lamellas are installed with adhesive mortar. Separate mechanical fasteners are not normally needed (check the system owner instructions).
 
3. To minimize energy use and transport all energy is kept within the system to the intended destination with appropriate insulation of the core components in the ventilation system and distribution ducts. Usually, equipment is insulated when manufactured and does not need any further on-site insulation.
 
Ventilation machines need internal sound reduction in order to prevent the sound from the equipment spreading through the ducts. In some cases thermal insulation is needed and, in other cases, condensation insulation. For ventilation machines internal insulation, Paroc recommends following solution: use PAROC InVent slabs with G5 facing.

You can clean the G5 facing with a nylon brush, making maintenance easy.
If the ventilation machine is insulated with insulation placed between two metal plates, the recommended product is PAROC InVent slabs with N-facing.
 
Rendered facade, lamella4. The thin rendering solution is the most common thermal rendering system in Europe, both in new buildings and renovations. Lamella insulation is particularly recommended when:

It requires no mechanical fasteners. (Check the system owners instructions!) The lamellas are glued to the supporting wall with adhesive mortar.

It is fast and easy to install.

It provides an even foundation for the rendering due to the sawed surface.

Lamella insulation is especially recommended for walls with high insulation thickness. The lamellas have very high tensile strength, making them suitable for situations where high mechanical strength is required, such as high rise buildings.

Rendered facade lamella PAROC Linio 80 is non-combustible stone wool insulation for use as a base layer of thin rendered facade in existing and new buildings. The lamella has excellent thermal insulation and alkali resistance properties. It doesn't accumulate moisture or react to changes in temperature. With rendered facade insulation lamella you can easily create a smooth base layer for thin rendering, improve the sound insulation and increase the fire resistance of walls. Lamellas are installed with adhesive mortar. Separate mechanical fasteners are not normally needed (check the system owner instructions).

5. Storage tanks of various shapes and sizes are integral parts of many industrial processes. The temperature of the material stored in tanks can vary significantly from one process to another. Thermal insulation reduces heat losses to a minimum and maintains the right temperature in the tank contents to ensure that the processes work efficiently. Tank walls are often very high. Temperature differences between the insulation and cladding create the so-called chimney effect, where air flows upwards. Because of this effect, it is important to use insulation slabs with the right density to prevent air movement inside the insulation, and to minimize heat conduction.

Air movement decreases when using higher density products. The right density of wall insulation for low temperature tanks is about 40 kg/m3.

For low temperature tank walls Paroc recommends to use 35-50 kg/m3 PAROC Pro Slabs in one layer. For tanks with higher temperature, use 50-80 kg/m3 PAROC Pro Slabs.

Facts about Paroc1. We recommend a reverberation time of 0.8 – 1.5 seconds at frequencies between 250 – 4000 Hz so that it can be tuned according to different needs. A shorter reverberation time is needed at official gatherings, while a longer time is used for concerts. 

If the space is used for multiple purposes, and it differs from the shape of a rectangle surrounding space, use acoustic consultants for designing. 

Acoustic solution, halls & auditoriums When designing acoustics for halls and auditoriums, clarify the main purpose of use and use both reflective and absorbing materials on the walls and the ceiling.

Recommended products: PARAFON Classic, PARAFON Colortone, PARAFON Royal

 
2. PAROC® Pipe Sections insulation – dramatically improved energy savings. Uninsulated or poorly insulated pipes create large energy losses.

Pre-fabricated pipe insulation, pipe sections, dramatically improve energy saving, installation speed and quality. Paroc started pipe section production in 1957. The technology we use is our own invention.

The focus on energy saving creates an increasing demand for the insulation of pipes. The insulation properties of PAROC pipe sections are being improved continuously.

PAROC Hvac Section AluCoat T and PAROC Hvac Bend AluCoat T is non-combustible stone wool pipe insulation for thermal and condensation insulation of pipework in buildings. It has a reinforced aluminium foil facing and tape in the longitudinal seam which prevents condensation and gives a quick installation.

General instructions:
During the installation, both the object to be insulated and the insulation material should be at a minimum temperature of +10 Celsius.
Allow the temperature of the insulating material to adjust to the ambient installation temperature.
Always store the tape at room temperature.
Check that the surfaces to be joined with tape are clean and dry.
Ensure that pipe section seams are tight but without extra tension. The same applies at supports and other projecting parts.
 
3. Rendered Ceiling Insulation: Fixed with Adhesive
Spray mortar onto the surface of the lamella and press a plastic-coated fibreglass mesh onto the rendered layer before it has a chance to dry. Level the surface, and then spray or rub it once dry. A thin rendered ceiling is neat and tidy, seamless and identical in appearance to a traditionally rendered surface. The surface can also be painted.

Painted Ceiling Insulation: Fixed with Adhesive

Glue PAROC CGL 20cy lamellas directly onto prepared concrete. Use the same adhesives as those used when installing ETICS. They should fulfil the requirements of this method and carefully tested products. Use a trowel to press the products onto the ceiling so as to avoid denting the surface with your fingers. No fasteners required.

Paint the ceilings by spraying with products specifically designed for the purpose and which meet the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

Rendered Ceiling Insulation: Adhesion with Concrete Casting
Lay the product over a new or thoroughly cleaned veneer mould. Stagger the seams and push the edges tightly against each other. Install the concrete reinforcement on top. Lay it as a ready-made iron mesh so that it is lifted off the insulation with wedged pieces over a sufficient surface area to provide support. Finally, paint the ceiling.
 
4. Design guidelines for fire protection of steel structures

You can estimate the thickness of protection needed in a wide range of situations with methods that assess the performance of fire protection materials. The procedure is in two parts. First, carry out a carefully designed programme of fire tests on both loaded and unloaded specimens. Second, apply a mathematical procedure to the results of the tests, which enables you to predict the required thickness. These tests determine both the insulation characteristics of a fire protection material and its physical performance under fire conditions for a range of steel sizes. They generate the maximum amount of data from a minimum number of tests. (ENV13381-4).

Using fire design codes such as the Structural Eurocodes, EC3–1.2 and EC4-1.2, (designated EN 1993-1.2 and 1994-1.2), you can calculate the load on the structure at the time of the fire by treating it as an accidental limit state. This allows you to specify to the protection contractor a limiting or failure temperature for a given structural section.

The protection contractor will then be able to use the required thickness of material to ensure that the steel section does not exceed this temperature within the fire resistance period. Simplify this process by specifying a maximum steel temperature, based on the worst case, for all beams or columns on one floor level.

Thicknesses are given for a range of steel temperatures. It is the responsibility of the design engineer, using design codes such as ENV1993-1-2, to specify the appropriate limiting steel temperatures.


5. PAROC Calculus - technical insulation calculation program. This software calculates insulation solutions made with PAROC Technical Insulation products. The calculations are based on equations described in standard EN ISO 12241. PAROC Calculus is available in two versions, one web-based and one downloadable version with increased functionality. Paroc Additional insulation calculator will help to answer the following questions: What impact would additional insulation have on the thermal insulation of your house structures? What impact would additional insulation have on heating energy consumption?

Fill the information in the calculator and find out how much energy you can save. At the same time as you cut down your energy bill, your living comfort is also improved!

Facts about Paroc1. Paroc named Global Insulation Company of the Year 2016

Paroc Group has been named the Global Insulation Company of the Year 2016 at the 11th Global Insulation Conference – the most important annual event for the insulation industry. Paroc has won the prestigious title for the second time, repeating its success in the 2012 Gala.
This year’s conference, held in Hamburg, Germany at the end of September, saw a growing number of participants representing all stages of investment process – planners, engineers, contractors, insulation manufacturers, as well as construction researchers. The conference has successfully taken place with around 150 delegates from 27 countries, who debated on the newest market trends, manufacturing advances and innovative insulation technologies.

Paroc Group has been given credit for its highly innovative, yet sustainable approach to the insulation market. Last year saw a number of Paroc innovations which helped to create more value from proven materials. The award received by Paroc was largely based on the company's pioneering role in attention to environmental effects.

Apart from the Insulation Company of the Year title, awards were also given in the following categories: Equipment Supplier, Insulation Plant, Insulation Product, Technical Innovation and Personality of the Year. Nominations were received from participants in the global insulation industry in an online voting process. After input from a panel of judges, a final nominations list in each category was put to a final on-line vote, open to all participants in the glob al insulation industry. 

Up to this date, Paroc has received two Insulation Company of the Year titles (first one in 2012), as well as the Insulation Product of the Year 2015 award for PAROC eXtra general insulation slab. 

2. In Lithuania, we cooperate with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and Kaunas University of Technology. In addition to giving open lectures about renovation and construction related topics including fare safety and energy efficiency, in Vilnius Gedelminas Technical University we have established a scholarship for architecture and civil engineer students presenting most advance project design, construction and energy saving solutions.
 
3. In 2016 employees decided on Paroc’s charity donation by voting and a donation was then made to the Baltic Sea Action Group to support its work for the preservation of the Baltic Sea.
 
4. With strong representation in both Eurima and an offshoot set up by mineral wool manufacturers, Fire Safe Europe (FSE), Paroc is committed to driving consistent, high safety standards across its market areas. This is simply because our products are among the safest on the market and people have the right to live and work in as safe environments as feasibly possible. It is also good to remember that we are building the future building stock so the choices we make today influence renovations made in 2050 and beyond. 

Says Susanna Tykkä-Vedder, Development Manager: “It’s important we help the European Community build consistency in both the right things to measure and transparency for stakeholders. The construction sector in European Committee for Standardization (CEN) covers more than 3,000 work items on product standards and test methods (for use in building and civil engineering). As there are around 600 standards supported by 1,500 test standards related to our business, we need to carefully choose the ones we actively participate.” Many Paroc people are involved in Eurima's four main Committees working towards harmonised European regulations and standardization.

5. With its plant at Hällekis, central Sweden, Paroc supports the nearby Vättern lake region, one the worldwide biosphere reserves of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use and aims to better understand and manage changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity.

Facts about Paroc1. The Grolsch Brewery is built on a huge 25 hectare area south of the town of Enschede near the German border. It replaced two older breweries of the Dutch beer producer Royal Grolsch N.V. The total area of the brewery complex will be 120,000 m2 including a tank building, process and bottling facilities, offices, and a distribution centre as well as a power plant. The brewery produces 3.2 million hectolitres (320 million litres) of beer annually and employs some 650 people. 

The architect Andreas Helstedt from the Danish company HMT, specialists in brewery planning, wanted to create an impression of cassettes on the complex facades with PAROC shadow panels. Their V-shaped joints form a clear profile between the panels and emphasise the smoothness of the panels. In the high, massive tank building, “larger cassettes” were created with a new design where shadow joints were applied only to every second panel joint.

The Grolsch Brewery is one of the largest single projects in Paroc Panel System’s history, including approximately 50,000 m2 of PAROC panels: 
Facades: PAROC shadow panels 
Partitions: PAROC line 200 panels 
PAROC corner panels.

2. The indoor football arena is the first and biggest object for sport and entertainment events in Belarus, located in the centre of Minsk. The well-insulated sports arena, with a synthetic football field and 5 000 seats, is also used for exhibitions and concerts. The flat roof is insulated using two layers of fire safe Paroc roof slabs.

Products used: PAROC ROS 60 and PAROC ROB 80.
 
3. MS Allure of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. As of April 2016 the Oasis class were the largest passenger ships ever in service, and Allure is 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer than her sister ship Oasis of the Seas, though both were built to the same specifications. Designed under the name "Project Genesis", she was ordered from Aker Finnyards in February 2006 and her construction began at the Perno shipyard, Turku, Finland, in February 2008. She was named in May 2008 after a contest was held to name her and her sister. The keel of Allure of the Seas was laid on 2 December 2008, shortly after the shipyard had been acquired by STX Europe.

Upon her launch in November 2009, she became the world's largest passenger ship, taking the place of Oasis of the Seas. She was eclipsed by her sister ship, Harmony of the Seas, upon its launch in June 2016. Harmony has an overall length of 362.12 metres (1,188.1 ft).

Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Allure_of_the_Seas

Products used: PAROC Marine Slabs, PAROC Marine Mats, PAROC Pipe Sections and tailor-made products

4. FlyTour XD, designed by Arkkitehdit-Q4, consists of a cinema and a café. The building has a lot of wood elements, and the structures are made of cross-laminated timber. PAROC ROS and PAROC ROB roof slabs were used for insulation. The cinema is boarded with black, sound-absorbing PARAFON Buller acoustic slabs. The eye-catching ceiling of the café features a multi-layer construction with acoustic, sound-absorbing PARAFON Step slabs. The café interior was designed by Studio Arcibella.

Flytour XD will be open to public from December 2016.

Products used: PARAFON Step, PARAFON Buller, PAROC ROB, PAROC ROS.

5. Passive house Granbäck is the first passive house in the Stockholm-region. The house is very energy-effective. The use of energy for heating is about 15–16 kWh/m² per year. The house also makes use of free energy from sunshine through the windows, electrical appliances, from the residents and so on. In spite of the fact that the house needs very little energy, it offers the same comforts as any ordinary house.

Products used: PAROC FAS 2 Rendered facade slab 50 mm, PAROC UNS 37z Wall slab 410 mm, 3 storeys, PAROC XMV 012 Air/vapour barrier

Facts about Paroc1. What is wool?

Facts about wool 1: Term
While in the United States the term “wool” is usually restricted to describing the fibrous protein derived from the specialized skin cells called follicles in sheep. In the UK the term may be used of any long curling fibre such as “wood”, “wire wool”, etc.

Facts about wool 2: Shearing
Sheep shearing is the process by which the woolen fleece of a sheep is cut off. After shearing, the wool is separated into four main categories: fleece (which makes up the vast bulk), broken, bellies, and locks.

Facts about wool 3: Scouring
Wool straight off a sheep, known as “greasy wool” or “wool in the grease”, contains a high level of valuable lanolin, as well as dirt, dead skin, sweat residue, pesticides, and vegetable matter. Before the wool can be used for commercial purposes, it must be scoured, a process of cleaning the greasy wool.

Facts about wool 4: Quality
The quality of wool is determined by its fibre diameter, crimp, yield, colour, and staple strength. Fibre diameter is the single most important wool characteristic determining quality and price.

Facts about wool 5: Production
Global wool production is approximately 1.3 million tonnes per year, of which 60% goes into apparel. Australia is the leading producer of wool which is mostly from Merino sheep. New Zealand is the second-largest producer of wool, and the largest producer of crossbred wool.

Facts about wool 6: Uses
In addition to clothing, wool has been used for blankets, horse rugs, saddle cloths, carpeting, felt, wool insulation and upholstery. Wool felt covers piano hammers, and it is used to absorb odours and noise in heavy machinery and stereo speakers.

Facts about wool 7: Market
United States sheep producers market wool with private or cooperative wool warehouses, but wool pools are common in many states. In some cases, wool is pooled in a local market area, but sold through a wool warehouse.

Facts about wool 8: Organic Wool
Organic wool is becoming more and more popular. This wool is very limited in supply and much of it comes from New Zealand and Australia. It is becoming easier to find in clothing and other products, but these products often carry a higher price.

Facts about wool 9: Bedouins
Bedouins (desert dwellers) have worn sheep wool and sheep wool fabric blend for centuries.

Facts about wool 10: Non-allergenic
Wool is also naturally non-allergenic. Allergic reactions to wool are either due to lanolin, or the many harsh and toxic chemicals that go into the treatment, and finishing of conventional wool garments and bedding.

Source http://infactcollaborative.com

2. General insulation slab PAROC eXtra is made of non-combustible stone wool and used for thermal, sound and fire insulation applications, such as walls, attics and floors, in all kinds of buildings. The highly insulating general insulation slab is soft and rigid. The slab is easy to handle, cut and install for different kinds of applications. The insulation doesn't settle, shrink or lose its insulation properties during its lifetime. The greater density of the slab is not prone to convection so the thermal resistance of the product is maintained even during extremely cold winters. To insulate a house of 300 m2 you would need 7 pallets of the Paroc eXtra with total weight of little over 2,5 tons. A young African Elephant has the same weight!

3. Edward Perry was the first industrialist who made an attempt to create mineral wool in "home conditions". In 1840, while at his factory in England, Perry reproduced the process of forming filaments from molten blast furnace slag. Earlier, he observed something similar in the eruption of a volcano, when the wind swept over the lava and sprayed it on thin silky threads.

However, the scientist forgot about the elementary safety precautions. All stages of the experiment were open: part of the fibers were scattered around the factory. After that, Perry refused to produce mineral wool.

Only in 1871 the German enterprise in Georgsmarienhütte started the first industrial production of mineral wool, taking into account all the mistakes of Edward Perry. In another 60 years, PAROC entered the business, offering the world its stone wool products.

4. You will not believe it, but the construction people recognize meowing of cats to be one of the types of air noise.

To reduce its level a multi-layer construction is a simple solution. The first "hard" layer reflects part of the sound wave, and the second layer (of sound absorbing material) absorbs the remainder. Materials like gypsum board or brick can be used as the first layer. As the second, sound-absorbing layer, PAROC is an excellent solution. Even such a simple step will increase the sound insulation index by 5-10 decibels.

5. Insulation, on average, reduces the cost of heating and cooling by 20%.
Only in the US, the insulation reduces the amount of emissions of carbon dioxide by 780 million tons per year. This is equivalent to over 150 coal-fired power plants. This is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 90 million homes per year. This is equivalent to 1 645 000 000 barrels of oil.

Paroc Alphabet

Discover and take into daily use our terminology, where each letter of the English alphabet stands for a word related to our business, product portfolio or company values.

Paroc AcousticPeople are spending more and more of their time indoors, which means that the quality of the indoor environment is becoming ever more important to our general well-being. An important aspect of the indoor environment is the acoustic environment. The need for good acoustic solutions in buildings is growing rapidly with the desire to plan and build more dense areas with close connections to transport routes. The level of demand for high-class building in terms of sound insulation and room acoustics is also growing in many markets. PAROC stone wool is excellent material for use in sound insulation constructions. Our acoustic solutions are used in offices and industrial halls, hospitals and swimming halls, restaurants and theatres.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PAROC-Better-built-environmentPAROC’s BRAND PROMISE - better built environment - means continuously developing ourselves to shape and improve our industry. We aim to deliver sustainable innovations and expertise that exceed our stakeholders’ expectations. PAROC stone wool is an environmentally friendly and efficient way of insulating a building. It also saves costs. Compared to the savings PAROC stone wool generates over its lifetime, manufacturing the material uses only one percent of the energy. PAROC stone wool can also be recycled or disposed of safely at a later stage.
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Paroc Calculus

What impact would insulation have on the thermal insulation of your house structures? What impact would additional insulation have on heating energy consumption? 

PAROC Technical insulation calculation program can help you to find out how much energy you can save. At the same time as you cut down your energy bill, your living comfort is also improved!

This software calculates insulation solutions made with PAROC Technical Insulation product and is available on-line 24/7 and off-line for your personal convenience.

 

 

 

 

 
PAROC-DurabilityThe durability of a product is the ability of the product to maintain its required performance over a given or long time, under the influence of foreseeable actions. Subject to normal maintenance, a product shall enable a properly designed and executed works to fulfil the Basic Works Requirements for an economically reasonable period of time. Durability is thus dependent on the intended use of the product and its service conditions. PAROC offers durable insulation solutions. Stone wool is an inorganic material which keeps it shape and dimensions in all conditions. Therefore, the durability of the mechanical properties is excellent and the degradation of the load bearing capacity during use is low.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paroc Energy EfficiencyParoc is an energy efficiency expert and leading developer and provider of energy efficient insulation solutions. PAROC Energywise house is a forward thinking, energy-efficient building concept that draws on Paroc know-how. Our aim is to demonstrate to building authorities, designers, architects, professional builders, dealers and house owners the undisputable benefits of energy-efficient building, cosy and comfortable living, fresh and healthy indoor air, minimized heating energy costs and decreased CO2 emissions. PAROC Energywise house also provides ideas, recommendations and instructions to realize low-energy and passive buildings and offers energy optimizing solutions for renovators.

PAROC-Fire-SafetyWhen there’s a fire, time is of the essence. Time is crucial to rescue people and time to save material goods. When choosing what insulation you need, consider the following facts: Stone wool is made of stone, which neither burns nor ignites. Stone wool insulation therefore does not contribute to the spread of fire. Instead, the material protects against fire. When it burns, stone wool, in some designs, has the ability to withstand the fire for a full four hours before the material is affected. The high heat resistance of stone wool makes it the obvious choice in projects where fire safety is important. Fire resistance indicates how the material prevents a fully developed fire from spreading from one room to another. PAROC stone wool has an exceptionally high melting temperature at about 1,000 ⁰C, which means that it protects structures over a long time. The high melting point makes PAROC stone wool an ideal material for use in applications where requirements are set for fire resistance.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PAROC-HVAC-systemsThe HVAC systems in buildings perform many roles. HVAC systems must be insulated using a solution that provides good thermal insulation properties as well as fire protection and noise reduction where needed. PAROC Solutions for HVAC include non-combustible and energy efficient insulation solutions for all parts of the HVAC system; from heating and water pipes to smoke and exhaust pipes and from HVAC equipment to ventilation ducts. PAROC HVAC products with aluminium foil facing also help to prevent condensation, which is another key role of well-functioning HVAC insulation. Condensation causes damage to pipes and surrounding structures and equipment. PAROC stone wool solutions provide maintenance free thermal, sound and fire insulation that lasts for the buildings whole lifetime.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paroc InnovationPAROC is an innovative and trusted partner for a sustainable built environment. Innovation is one of the key PAROC values. We challenge current ways of working to improve our business to achieve long-term growth by inventing and commercializing new ideas. Throughout the years, expertise has been the cornerstone of our operations. This expertise produced a number of innovations, including Europe’s first permanent-shaped insulation panels in 1948 for building insulation applications. In the 1950s, we launched technical insulation materials; solutions for the fire and thermal insulation of pipes. In the 1960s came soil insulation to keep the moisture out of house foundations, railway tracks and roads. Then, in the 1980s, we introduced our sandwich elements with steel cladding on the outside and a stone wool core, ready to be installed in facades or ceilings. In the 1990s, we introduced the concept of low-energy construction. In the 2000s, we followed up with our definition of the Passive House and its certification. At Paroc, we do our utmost to anticipate the emerging requirements and be ready with solutions for the market when demand materializes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
PAROC-JourneyFor many years the unique properties of stone and the demanding Nordic weather conditions have inspired us to develop insulation solutions that improve the quality of life and make the environment safe and comfortable. Paroc started its’ journey back in late 1930’s in Sweden. During the first post-war years the importance of well-insulated houses emerges and demand rises dramatically. The next decade the production of insulation materials starts also in Finland where we introduce our first technical insulation products to meet the growing demand for industrial insulation. Over the next couple of years our familiar red-and-white-striped packages appear on the Finnish market. Paroc journey continues with the expansion in the Baltics and Russia in 1993. We start stone wool production in Lithuania in 1997 and establish a sales company in Poland the same year. By 1999 we became an independent company, Paroc Group, and begin work on establishing our new corporate identity. We showed growth in Western and Central Europe with value added products. The next decades our focus was on creating sustainable solutions for our customers, and through resource efficiency we ensure the sustainability of our own operations. Paroc is looking forward to many more successful years of profitable growth together with our clients and partners all over the globe.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PAROC-Kari-LehtinenCEO of Paroc Group Oy since August, 2011
Executive member of the Board
MSc. (Tech.), Tampere University of Technology
LLP, Henley University, London
IBU, International Business Executive

Born 1967

Executive career includes:
Senior Vice President, Rautaruukki Corporate (2011-07/2011)
Senior Vice President, Rautaruukki Corporate, Ruukki Metals division (2007-2011)
Vice President, Rautaruukki Corporate, Ruukki Metals division (2004-2007)

Current board memberships:
Board member, the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT
Board member, East Office of Finnish Industries
Board Member, European insulation Manufacturers Association EURIMA
Board Member, Finnish Association of Construction Product Industries RTT

Previous key posts:
Chairman of the Board, OOO Ruukki RUS (Russian subsidiary of Rautaruukki Corporate)
Paroc MarineThe shipbuilding industry sets very high requirements for safety and comfort. The products and structures used in ships must be fire tested and approved according to the rules and regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). PAROC Marine and Offshore offers economical and safe insulation solutions for fire protection as well as for on-board thermal and sound insulation. Furthermore, functionality together with easy and fast installation has become more and more important. These requirements demand alternative solutions for different fire applications. PAROC has several approvals for A60, A30 and A15 class solutions for steel and aluminium, decks and bulkheads. For offshore applications PAROC has approvals for H120 and H60 steel decks and bulkheads.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NPSNet Promoter Score – is the metric that many companies use to measure the loyalty of their customers and work closely with the feedback to secure relationships and grow the mutual business. Paroc introduced the NPS in the 2015 and ever since the regular interviews of more than 2 000 clients were conducted. We are proud that our NPS score for the 2016 was 49, which is well above benchmarked companies in similar industries. True benefit of NPS comes in long-term transparency into the customer experience, which creates a deeper understanding and helps us respond to and even anticipate the emerging needs. In 2016 Paroc have also launched “customer promises” among which are: designed for safely, building your business and on-time, in full. These statements mean to highlight how customers benefit from Paroc and what makes Paroc different from competitors.
PAROC-OEMPAROC® Stone wool insulation is a component in many other products. Customer specific needs provide the starting point for discussions about tailor-made insulation solutions. An example from 2008: The products on the market for fire dampers were rather complicated. The existing product constructions demanded casting and plaster boards. A simpler solution was required. Together with Paroc Technical Insulation, a new damper that meets the new European requirements for preventing the spread of fire for 60 minutes was developed using PAROC Stone wool insulation. The product has a lower weight, is easier to install and is more economical than the previous product.

In the equipment manufacturing industry, insulations are required to increase the energy efficiency of equipment, for fire protection and for sound attenuation. The efficiency, safety and comfort of use of the equipment is substantially improved by insulation. Each original equipment manufacturer has individual requirements. The properties of the material used, measures, shapes and other factors must always be defined on a case-by-case basis and according to the application. PAROC stone wool products are tailor-made in cooperation with the customer and are widely used by the equipment manufacturing industry as well as, for example, pre-fabricated house factories.
PAROC-ParafonThe need for good acoustic solutions in buildings is growing rapidly with the desire to plan and build more dense areas with close connections to transport routes. The level of demand for high-class building in terms of sound insulation and room acoustics is also growing in many markets. In some cases, building regulations have already been revised, requiring better sound insulation and also room acoustics. PARAFON Classic is a removable acoustic tile of high quality with edge configurations A and E for installation in a grid system. With a surface made of colored glass-fiber fabric with low gloss and an aesthetically pleasing appearance, is it suitable for suspended ceilings in all types of indoor environments. PARAFON Classic offers the highest fire classification – A1 – in accordance with EN 13501-1 and has a core of non-combustible mineral wool that remains dimensionally stable even at very high temperatures in the event of a fire. For a fireproof overall solution, installation of PARAFON Classic along with a Prelude grid system that has fire notch as standard is recommended, and we can also offer a K210-classified solution for fireproof coverings with these products.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paroc Sustainability

Sustainability requirements are driving change among our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and end users. The change is both a significant opportunity and a huge challenge. PAROC wants to be at the forefront of this change. Over the years, we have aimed at both short- and long-term environmental, social and economic sustainability by developing operations with a focus on resource and energy efficiency. In more recent years, we have started and participated in several projects dealing with everything from our products’ environmental impact to knowledge on how to build energy-efficient houses and how to make energy-efficiency renovations as cost effectively as possible.  We can proudly claim to have pioneered both low-energy house concepts as well as cutting edge concepts for cost-effective energy refurbishments. As we develop our offering, we aim to reduce the energy use in the built environment – without forgetting aesthetic values. The built environment consumes 40% of all energy in the EU. This presents a huge opportunity for solutions that make a difference. We develop our solutions so that they align with the sustainability needs of our end users and customers. The challenge is huge and the opportunities even bigger. We have embarked upon our path of sustainability, step by step. 

 
 
 
 

Paroc Tipcheck

The European industrial insulation Foundation (EiiF) is convinced that there is a significant energy saving and CO2 mitigation potential related to improved thermal insulation in industry and that this potential is currently untapped despite being cost-effective to implement. Against this background, EiiF commissioned Ecofys to identify the Energy and CO2 savings potential of industrial insulation in EU27. 

The potential can be tapped cost-effectively. Insulating bare surfaces to cost-effective levels and repairing damaged insulation in industry EU-wide requires initial investments of about 900 million Euro. This one time investment would represent an energy savings potential of about 460 PJ, which at current prices would save industry 3,5 billion Euros every year. In order to provide industry with a standardized, high quality thermal energy audit tool focusing on the thermal performance of technical insulation systems the EiiF founded the TIPCHECK Programme. TIPCHECKs quantify the amount of energy and money an industrial facility is losing with its current insulation system (including uninsulated parts).

Paroc has trained a number of Tipcheck Engineers in order to increase its service level and support the market even better with energy saving advice.

 
UrbanizationMajor megatrends are affecting the business and company’s operating environment is a subject to many external factors. Climate change, economic uncertainty is one of the main trends posing risks and providing opportunities for business to develop and grow. According to United Nation’s 2014 report, 73 per cent of people in Europe live in cities. The urban areas continue to expand and there is a constant need for new buildings. As people spend over 90 per cent indoors, safely and convenience factors are emphasized. This offers Paroc business opportunities. In addition to energy efficiency demands, the building needs to be safe. For example, fire pose an imminent risk for people living in densely populated urban areas. Paroc stone wool based insulation solutions are non-combustible, preventing the spreading of fires and potentially saving lives. Healthy indoor air and noise prevention are among the convenience factors that good insulation can contribute to.

Paroc values

Paroc is an innovative and trusted partner for a sustainable built environment.

The mission defines the ultimate goal of Paroc operations and guides all our actions. When walking the path to achieve this goal, we use our company values as a guide to how things are done and decisions made in Paroc.

Customer
We understand our customers and meet their needs
We stretch ourselves to help our customers and stakeholders to succeed

Respect
We are open, respectful and reliable
The sustainability of our offering and operations drives our development
We care for our peoples’ safety and well-being

Innovation
We achieve long-term growth by inventing and commercializing new ideas
We challenge current ways of working to improve our business

Performance
We reach challenging goals in an effective and disciplined way
We act in an objective way using common sense

Paroc celebrates 80 yearsGeneral insulation slab PAROC eXtra is made of non-combustible stone wool and used for thermal, sound and fire insulation applications, such as walls, attics and floors, in all kinds of buildings. The highly insulating slab is soft and rigid. The slab is easy to handle, cut and install for different kinds of applications. The insulation does not settle, shrink or lose its insulation properties during its lifetime. The greater density of the slab is not prone to convection so the thermal resistance of the product is maintained even during extremely cold winters.  PAROC eXtra slabs can be used for thermal insulation and fire protection of almost all renovated and new multi-story buildings as well as individual houses, commercial, administrative, or industrial buildings and other multi-purpose structures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PAROC-YoYParoc is the leading manufacturer of energy-efficient insulation solutions in the Baltic Sea region. The cornerstones of our operations are customer and personnel orientation, constant innovation, profitable growth and sustainable development. Over the last 80 years the company has grown to have its products manufactured in Finland, Sweden, Lithuania and Poland and, as of 2013, also in Russia. The company has sales and representative offices in 14 European countries. In 2015, net sales amounted to 410 MEUR and there are 2,028 people. Paroc will continue pursuing growth while increasing operation efficiency and decreasing the environmental footprint.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paroc celebrates 80 years

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