Kingspan acquires majority stake in world leader in wood fibre insulation

Kingspan Group plc, a global leader in insulation solutions, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Schramek GmbH (“Schramek”) to acquire c.51% of the shares of Steico SE (“Steico”), with an option to acquire a further c.10% of shares in Steico in the future.

Steico is the world leader in wood-fibre insulation and wood-based building envelope products, based in Germany and listed on the unofficial markets of several German Stock Exchanges. It has a well invested asset base, with four large production sites comprising 27 lines situated in Poland and France, including additional capacity nearing completion with up to EUR200m revenue headroom. Steico had audited operating revenues of EUR445m in the 12 months to 31 December 2022.

The acquisition is conditional on regulatory clearance, and is expected to complete in early 2024.

Gene Murtagh, Kingspan Chief Executive Officer, said “The acquisition of a majority stake in Steico represents an exciting next step in our strategy to provide the full spectrum of insulation products. Its suite of wood-based building envelope solutions broadens our ability to enable our customers to meet their sustainability and energy performance needs. Kingspan’s global routes to market, paired with our drive to innovate and widen the applications of Steico’s current technologies, are key to our plans to bring Steico bio-based solutions to the next level.”

Kingspan says that it is innovating and evolving to meet the needs of the construction industry for high-performance lower embodied carbon products, as part of the overall solution for a decarbonised built environment. This Steico announcement follows the launch earlier this year in the UK of the first product in Kingspan’s new LEC (lower embodied carbon) range – QuadCore LEC insulated panels.

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