The economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency renovation of buildings is getting more attention as the world looks to stimulate recovery post-COVID-19, but the social impacts are also significant, ROCKWOOL tells ESG investors.
ROCKWOOL announces a unique collaboration with the Denmark SailGP Team athletes, kicking off with an action-packed summer of training, racing and record attempts in preparation for SailGP Season 2 in April 2021.
Solid Q1 results despite turbulence from COVID-19
Thousands of jobs, slashed emissions, millions in energy cost savings—a new report developed by C40 Cities with support from ROCKWOOL Group gives cities a toolkit to quantify the many benefits of large-scale renovation projects.
SailGP reschedules all remaining Season 2 racing
ROCKWOOL International A/S announces that Jessica Jonasson has been named to become Senior Vice President for Group Human Resources and a member of Group Management.
From the business operations to a range of products designed for growing food with hydroponics and storm-water management systems, learn how ROCKWOOL is helping address some of the world's water-related challenges.
The global spread of covid-19 is a challenge unlike anything seen in our lifetimes. This new disease has already shown itself to affect the most vulnerable members of our society and decisive and collective action to mitigate its impact is needed from governments, companies, and individuals alike
This new commitment is part of the company’s 2019 Sustainability Report, which also shows good progress towards the company’s sustainability goals and details the significant contribution our products make toward global sustainability goals.
Denmark SailGP Team, presented by ROCKWOOL, began its debut SailGP campaign in an exhilarating season opener in Sydney Harbour on 28-29 February.
The Denmark SailGP Team, presented by ROCKWOOL, unveiled its supercharged F50 catamaran in Sydney on Tuesday.
Parafon to become part of ROCKWOOL’s Rockfon acoustic ceiling business, bringing together two leading brands in stone wool indoor acoustic solutions.
Sales growth of 2.2 percent in a volatile market, achieving strong profitability with an EBIT margin of 13.5 percent.
ROCKWOOL joins inaugural Danish event as Title Partner
Helmsman Nicolai Sehested leads dynamic new team for SailGP Season 2.
Developed to meet nearly-zero energy building (nzeb) standards, the Rockzero wall system is up for the Energy Prize at Denmark’s ‘Byggeri ‘20’ construction fair.
ROCKWOOL’s involvement as the main sponsor will see Denmark SailGP Team compete in the world’s most exciting sail racing championship from 2020.
Launching the careers of the biggest names in architecture such as Bjarke Ingels and Sou Fujimoto, the AREA award provides a platform for up and coming architects to present their ideas on the global stage.
Gathering key players in the global building sector, the conference focuses on creating the missing link between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the built environment.
The CE100 membership provides a space for ROCKWOOL to collaborate with other leading companies researching and developing ideas and opportunities in the circular economy.
To inspire and encourage other companies to take climate action, the campaign will feature a series of 50 short films about 50 companies and their positive actions against climate change.
The Insulation business performed well in important markets and the Systems segment delivered solid results in all business areas and geographies.
ROCKWOOL International A/S Board of Directors has today decided to nominate Thomas Kähler as new Chairman of the Board following the April 2020 General Meeting; subject to re-election at the Annual General Meeting.
Companies like Coca-Cola, Shell, Novo Nordisk, Credit Suisse and many more from different industries all over Europe were at ROCKWOOL to discuss how sustainability transparency can improve corporate performance.
Authentic, playful, emotive say Drum judges of ROCKWOOL’s award-winning 7 Strengths of Stone film series and Rockzero product launch campaign.
At this year’s ZERO Conference in Norway, ROCKWOOL received the prestigious Business Climate Prize for the electrification of its stone wool factory in Moss, Norway.
Energy saving and building renovation will be key to delivering the Global Green New Deal in the coming ‘critical decade’
Designed to help urban areas protect people and valuable infrastructure from urban flooding caused by extreme rain events.
The partnership and initial assessment will help ROCKWOOL identify more opportunities to further incorporate circular economy thinking and improve its impact across the value chain.
First in a series of investor calls dedicated to environment, social, and corporate governance topics.
Strong half-year results despite some segments, regions slowing down
As food production goes digital, the e-Gro software platform enables growers to capture, integrate and leverage data to run a smarter, more sustainable business.
Fire safe, sustainable and beautiful: Meet Mjøstårnet, the world’s tallest timber building, and the latest example of a growing trend in countries like Canada, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
No climate, energy, circularity or health-related objective can be achieved without improving Europe’s buildings. A new report provides a plan for Europe’s leaders to make it happen.
New generation of stone melting technology in focus
At #13 among 111 companies evaluated, ROCKWOOL achieves its highest ever reputation score among engineers in Denmark.
ROCKWOOL reports positive Q1 financial results, including the highest first quarter sales in the history of the Group.
A new award-winning technical insulation product from ROCKWOOL is helping the oil & gas industry to overcome one of its most costly challenges.
Progress on multiple goals contributing to climate action, circularity and wellbeing
A donation of office supplies goes to an organisation that supports vulnerable Danish children.
From the business operations to products designed for growing food with hydroponics and water management systems, learn about some of the ways ROCKWOOL is helping address some of the world's water-related challenges.
As the world continues shifting toward renewable energy, storing it remains a major challenge. In Denmark, ROCKWOOL is a partner in a project testing the potential of a lot of very hot rocks.
As a part of his tour of Danish industry, Minister of Taxation, Karsten Lauritzen, visited ROCKWOOL to hear how a new tax proposal would impact the state’s ability to capture valuable surplus heat from manufacturing for district heating systems.
Behind an award-winning product is an innovation trail that starts in the factory with one important machine and an even more important challenge: How fast can we make it go?
A new report from Denmark’s Ecological Council indicates indoor climate conditions in many Danish day-care institutions are harmful to children’s wellbeing.
Excess heat from ROCKWOOL’s factory in Doense, Denmark provides heat to 750 nearby homes via the municipal heating system. With effective policies, municipalities could capture more than 100 times that from industry, writes Danish newspaper Politiken.
The recent cold rush doesn’t just bring colder weather, it brings serious health and economic challenges for tens of millions of Americans who are living in old, energy inefficient homes.
A new open software platform from Grodan, part of the ROCKWOOL Group, integrates greenhouse data giving growers better insight into their business enabling more efficient cultivation.
ROCKWOOL Group releases an entertaining and informative video series showcasing the unique characteristics of its stone wool products.
Strong annual sales growth and profitability driven by growing demand for stone wool
The building sector consumes half of global materials and produces a third of global waste each year. At the Buildings as Material Banks conference, ROCKWOOL and other stakeholders discuss ways to shift to a circular building sector.
Paving the way towards more sustainable, and safety-focused solutions and practices in the construction industry through innovation.
Comprehensive study from Buildings2030 details the impact of improved indoor environmental quality on people’s health and productivity.
Highlights include continued high sales growth and increased profitability
Discover thought-provoking insights and ideas from ROCKWOOL Group and other industry leaders on some of today’s most debated themes
The Hard Rock Café Music Room, funded by Hard Rock Heals with donations from ROCKWOOL Group and others, will support music therapy for paediatric patients.
ROCKWOOL Group is the highest scorer in the inaugural application of S&P’s Trucost SDG evaluation tool.
With the launch of Rockzero the ROCKWOOL Group introduces a modular stone wool wall system that is part of the solution to climate change.
ROCKWOOL welcomes Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s confirmation that he plans to ban combustible materials from new high-rise residential buildings as well as hospitals, residential care premises and student accommodation above 18 metres.
In a new report, developed in cooperation with Copenhagen Economics, we highlight the many reasons why the world should accelerate actions to improve our buildings, and present our recommendation for actions. Governments and cities have a key role to play as they have the power and strength to make changes happen.
Jens Birgersson, ROCKWOOL Group CEO, has been proposed for election as a new member to the Board of Directors of dormakaba Group, a Swiss company that specialises in innovative and reliable access and security solutions. The election of members to the Board of Directors will be held 23 October 2018 at dormakaba’s Annual General Meeting.
Our half-year results show solid improvement on both sales and profitability, underlining strengthened performance towards customers and growing market demand for our non-combustible insulation and other stone wool products. With sales up in all regions, ROCKWOOL’s 11,000 highly dedicated and committed employees are the driving force behind these positive results.
Committee urges government to expand ban to also include high-risk buildings such as hospitals, hotels, and student accommodations.
The report, “Upscaling urban regeneration: European frontrunner cases are leading the way”, highlights key learnings from successful urban regeneration projects across Europe.
ROCKWOOL sponsors Nordic Clean Energy Week hackathon ‘Clean Energy Hack’
Prompt action required; no need to delay further
“The strong first quarter performance is primarily driven by growing demand for our non-combustible insulation as well as our focus on productivity improvements and pricing. Owing to our broad-based manufacturing footprint, particularly in Europe, we are able to flexibly service growing customer demand, even if this results in somewhat increased logistics costs”.
Under the title, “Building tomorrow today”, ROCKWOOL Group’s 2017 Sustainability Report details our efforts to continuously improve existing and create new solutions to tackle today’s big issues, including climate change, urbanisation, and resource scarcity. We’re empowering our customers and society at large to create healthier, more resilient places for people to live, work and play, while reducing our own environmental footprint in the process.
ROCKWOOL Group is among the inaugural companies utilising leading-edge evaluation tool to identify business risks and opportunities aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A new survey shows overwhelming support (90 percent) among the British public for all new high-rise and high-risk buildings to be clad and insulated in non-combustible materials only. This news comes less than two months before the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, and ahead of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety, anticipated in May 2018.
The Government is consulting on the future of “desktop studies.” Banning them is the first step we need to take on fire safety.
ROCKWOOL Group and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have formed a 14-month joint research effort to demonstrate the climate and other benefits that building renovations can generate and to assist cities in making cost-efficient investment decisions.
The UK government must up its game on cladding and insulation policy. We need laws, not guidelines.
The ROCKWOOL Group extends its heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims from the shopping mall fire in Kemerovo, Russia.
What has changed to make homes safer from fire since Grenfell? Bluntly, almost nothing. Every piece of official government guidance that allows Grenfell-type facade materials on tall buildings is still in place.
New production lines at existing manufacturing facilities in Poland and Germany will bring additional capacity to market already in second quarter of 2019 (Poland) and in the second quarter of 2020 (Germany).
ROCKWOOL Group hereby announces that Bjørn Rici Andersen will join Group Management as Senior Vice President for Group Operations and Technology, reporting to Group CEO Jens Birgersson.
Working Group for Hackitt Review looking to perpetuate fundamentally flawed “test and study” compliance regime. Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review of UK Building Regulations and Fire Safety takes its next step today, when its working groups begin meeting to discuss the way forward in different areas of building safety. The early signs are not encouraging.
Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of construction industry professionals believe that using combustible materials on mid-, high-rise and sensitive buildings should be banned, according to a new survey by leading research consultancy, Populus.
Strong sales development with solid profitability driven by productivity and pricing improvements
The Hackitt Review interim report makes promising noises, but public safety requires more than the “status-quo plus”, says ROCKWOOL International Senior Vice President, Gilles Maria. Dame Judith Hackitt rightly says in her interim report that the UK’s building regulations are not fit for purpose and that “regulations and guidance must be simplified and unambiguous”. We can all agree with that. More contentious, however, is how to achieve it.
The Independent Review of building regulations and fire safety should be a pivot point to a safer built environment, but the interim report published last month disappoints on multiple fronts. The report makes no urgent recommendations on improving the standards of materials we use on high-rise buildings, despite the role combustible cladding and insulation played in the Grenfell Tower fire.
ROCKWOOL agrees that England’s building regulations require urgent change, though remains concerned the door remains open to use “desktop studies”.
Initial investment of around €50 million will create approx. 150 direct jobs and around another 300 indirectly for services and logistics.
Revolutionising how we engage online with our stakeholders. The new www.rockwoolgroup.com delivers personalised interaction that’s both data-driven and user-focused. Content is delivered to website users based on their individual searches rather than navigating from a predefined menu, making the online experience responsive to the user’s own needs and interests.
Acquisition creates new opportunities to expand position in Swiss insulation market. The acquisition builds on the productive and successful relationship that has existed between the two companies since ROCKWOOL acquired a minority stake in Flumroc’s shares in 1969 as part of technology licensing agreement. Since then, ROCKWOOL has obtained 43.5 percent of Flumroc shares.
This article originally appeared in 'Building Magazine', UK on 16 November 2017. Everyone benefits when governments create frameworks to ensure their citizens have safe places to live and work. That’s why in this industry, in addition to depending upon one another to put safety first, we look to regulations to specify how buildings should perform.
“We’re pleased with our third quarter net sales” says Jens Birgersson, ROCKWOOL Group CEO.
ROCKWOOL Group has come a long way since its early days of production in Hedehusene, Denmark in 1937. The Group has expanded its product range well beyond building insulation, employs more than 10,800 employees, operates in 38 countries with 40 manufacturing facilities and sells its products in 100+ countries around the world.
With a score of A-, the Group is amongst the top 22 percent of companies registering their efforts in climate action.
ROCKWOOL Group together with other businesses, civil society, investors, public authorities and trade unions call on the EU to make long-term climate strategies compulsory in the Energy Union governance regulation, and to provide guidance to help Member States make their strategies as effective as possible.
The manufacturing facility is ROCKWOOL Group’s first stone wool acoustic ceiling product plant in North America and its fifth worldwide. The official opening today marks three months of uninterrupted production.The 12,000 square metre/130,000 square foot manufacturing facility started production in July and has been functioning well ever since, with the first deliveries already having been made to U.S. customers.
ROCKWOOL strengthens its position in Sweden by acquiring 180,000 square metres of land in the eastern Swedish municipality of Eskilstuna. The acquisition will prepare the Group for future growth and accommodate the growing demand for fire safe stone wool solutions on the Swedish market. This follows the ROCKWOOL Group’s announcement in February this year regarding expansion plans in the United States, Romania and Sweden.
UK Department of Communities and Local Government issues post-Grenfell fire guidance. ROCKWOOL welcomes the guidance while raising concerns about the tests on which it’s based and advocating for changes in UK building regulations.
ROXUL Inc., the North American division of the ROCKWOOL GROUP announces it will commence a full rebrand to ROCKWOOL. The ROCKWOOL brand has been marketed proudly and internationally for 80 years and now will be adopted in North America.
The ROCKWOOL Group takes part in high level UN-Habitat meeting on New Urban Agenda, 5-6 September 2017. The cities in which we will live in 2030 are being designed in 2017, if not already planned. With the New Urban Agenda agreed by UN Member States last autumn as part of Habitat III, the intention is to set a new global standard for sustainable urban development and help us rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities.
First half sales growth and positive market conditions give confidence for an upgraded outlook for the year. CEO Jens Birgersson comments on the second-quarter results announced today: "Overall, we're pleased with our H1 and Q2 2017 results. For the half-year, net sales increased 5.0% and EBIT margin reached almost 10%. As expected, the sales price increases we're implementing are beginning to show. Pricing will continue to be a major focus going forward, and we see positive market developments in the second half of the year, including an increasing interest for fire safe stone wool products. With better visibility for the remainder of the year, we are also increasing our guidance for sales growth".
Rockfon, a part of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL Group, started production today of stone wool acoustic ceiling products at its first North America manufacturing facility.
Latest addition to global manufacturing set-up will create approx. 150 new jobs in Jefferson County, West Virginia Construction is expected to begin in October this year on the 130 acre site in the City of Ranson, with initial production of ROCKWOOL’s stone wool insulation slated to begin in the first quarter of 2020. With a total investment exceeding USD 150 million, the new manufacturing facility will cover some 43,000 square meters and employ around 150 people in positions ranging from management levels to the production line.
ROCKWOOL on the London fire tragedy
Over a two-month period, the campaign will use Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to promote multiple themes of modern living. Designed to build a global conversation on these key issues, the campaign is based on a new model of influencer marketing, as it moves beyond the paid influencer sponsorship approach to engage with independent influencers on the given topics. This is the first time ROCKWOOL utilises this new entangled marketing model for reaching key stakeholders through subject-matter influencers.
Connecting ROCKWOOL’s Purpose and sustainability initiatives, our goal is for ROCKWOOL products and operations to make a net positive impact to society and the environment.
Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and once again, the entire ROCKWOOL Group is taking a break from our normal activities to focus on safety and specifically how we can all be even safer in our daily lives both at work and away from work.
Most people enjoy having the opportunity to spend time in nature amidst beautiful surroundings. One challenge of living in and enjoying these treasured places is that people often inadvertently pollute their surroundings and in doing so, prevent future generations from experiencing the nature we cherish so much today.
The Group’s brand evolution includes a new ROCKWOOL symbol – a graphic representation of a volcano. The symbol stands for the commitment to enrich modern living through processes and products that exist harmoniously, and it will be used across all ROCKWOOL Group daughter brands.
ROCKWOOL Group CEO Jens Birgersson comments on the full year results announced today.
With new facilities planned in Sweden, Romania and the United States, the company aims to provide an enhanced customer offering while strengthening its prominent position in the Nordics, Eastern Europe and North America.
Bjørn Høi Jensen has communicated his decision not to stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting on 5 April 2017.
The ROCKWOOL Group is for the first time participating in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and we are proud to be a founding sponsor of the Energy Efficiency Expo 2017 at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from 16-19 January.
The following is an excerpt from the keynote address Jens Birgersson delivered on 20 September 2016 as part of Climate Week New York’s Urban Innovation for Liveable Cities event. The specific portion of the conference was themed: Promoting Innovative Energy Partnerships. Jens Birgersson's thoughts have also been posted on Huffington Post.
The report highlights the Group´s new approach to sustainability which is founded on the framework “Rising to the challenge” and follows three basic principles: * Sustainability will be at the heart of ROCKWOOL’s growth; * ROCKWOOL Group products deliver against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; * The ROCKWOOL Group has committed to six ambitious internal sustainability goals
South Harbour School in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a new public school designed and built with focus on energy optimisation and harmonising the connection between the school and its surroundings. The school addresses a need for modern educational facilities while creating a new public space by the waterfront.
In this issue of the newsletter we have gone into depth on a few of the many developments that have contributed to our strong Q1 results. The different business areas in the Systems segment are all contributing nicely to the progress and the Insulation business more than doubled its EBIT in Q1.
With an investment of 80 million euro in a modernised and efficient production line, the ROCKWOOL Group is ready to meet growing demand for stone wool insulation in the Polish market.
Beautiful ROCKFON acoustic panels are at the heart of a cultural and commercial centre in Malmö that has just been named Sweden's 'Building of the Year'.
The ROCKWOOL Group is pleased to join forces with other progressive businesses as a founding member of a new cross-political network “Energy Solutions” between business and members of the European Parliament.
One of the greatest current challenges is water scarcity. On World Water Day 22 March 2016 , the ROCKWOOL Group looks at sound solutions for challenges relating to water scarcity.
The ROCKFON company today hosted a celebration event for the groundbreaking of its first North American acoustic ceiling panel manufacturing facility, under construction in Marshall County, Mississippi in the U.S. ROCKFON is the leading supplier of stone wool acoustic solutions, and a subsidiary of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL International A/S and an affiliate to ROXUL Inc., the ROCKWOOL Group's insulation subsidiary in North America.
The ROCKWOOL Group has joined forces with over 70 companies and business organisations to call on the European council to strengthen its policies on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The ROCKWOOL Group starts to reap benefits from the Business Transformation Programme just a few months after launch. The operating cash flow increased 45% and the operating result 6% in the newly published 2015 annual accounts
The ROXUL headquarters, located in Milton, Ontario in Canada, has earned LEED® Gold® certification in the New Construction category from the Canada Green Building Council.
Across Europe and North America, fuel poverty is on the rise: as many as 100 million people are estimated to be unable to afford to keep their homes adequately warm during winter months.
A new report published by the “Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research” in Karlsruhe and co-funded by the ROCKWOOL Group, examines how to improve the energy efficiency of European industry and offers a number of precise recommendations on how to release the untapped potential