HISTORY OF SOPREMA

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Acquisition of PAVATEX, 01/09/2016

2016

FRANCE, 2016

SOPREMA supplements its range of natural insulating materials by taking over PAVATEX, a french company specialised in the wooden fibre insulation. 

 

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New acquisitions, 01/09/2015

2015

2015, devlopment of the SOPREMA group

German

Development of the translucent domes activity: Eternit Flachdach

Spain

Development of the sealing activity: Asfaltex

France

Development of the overhead lighting activity: SIH group

Italy

Development of the extruded polystyrene activity: SIRAP Insulation

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TOPOX, 01/01/2014

2014

Spain, 2014

Acquisition of Texsa, which is a manufacturer of extruded polystyrene insulation.

Topox

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Texsa, 01/01/2013

2013

Barcelona, Spain, 2013

Acquisition of Texsa company (3 factories throught Spain and the headquater in Barcelona).

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Convoy Company, 01/01/2012

2012

Vancouver, Canada, 2012

Acquisition of Convoy Company (specialist of insulation and roofing overseas).

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EFISOL, 01/01/2010

2010

BLONIE, POLAND, 2010

Opening of a new production unit in Blonie.

 

SOPREMA purchases EFISOL Funded in 1987, French-leader in manufacture of insulation products made of polyurethane foam or expanded minerals:

  • 200 employees in France
  • Production site for polyurethane boards
  • 3 production sites for Perlite and Vermiculite

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2009, 01/01/2009

2009

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 2009

SOPREMA develops a novel combination of binder material with a new generation of reinforcements called Elium. Soprelium®, is the first waterproofing membrane to use the new technology, reducing the number and intensity of operations in order to enhance productivity and significantly improve working conditions by cutting down the weight of the membrane per unit area by over 35%, all the while increasing the area per roll by 25%.

 

SORGUES, FRANCE, 2009

Inauguration of a new production unit in Sorgues.


CESTAS, FRANCE, 2009

Opening of a new cellulose wadding in Cestas.

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2008, 01/01/2008

2008

BORG EL ARAB, EGYPT, 2008

First SOPREMA plant in the Middle East.

 


STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 2008

SOPREMA releases Flaxline®, the first roofing underlay and rain barrier in the world to use natural flax fibres. SOPREMA is 100 years old.

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2007, 01/01/2007

2007

ITALY, 2007

SOPREMA acquires the Italian company FLAG, worldwide specialist of synthetic waterproofing.

 

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 2007

SOPREMA is the first French manufacturer to market a two-coat bituminous waterproofing solution with integrated photovoltaic cells that generate electricity using solar power: Soprasolar®.

 

 

THE NETHERLANDS, 2007

The Dutch company TROELSTRA & VRIES joins the SOPREMA group.

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KLEWA, 01/01/2006

2006

BURBACH, GERMANY, 2006

Acquisition of the German company KLEWA, specialised in the manufacture and marketing of waterproofing membranes.

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Val de Reuil, 01/01/2003

2003

 

VAL DE REUIL, NORMANDY, FRANCE, 2003

Inauguration of a new manufacturing unit in Val de Reuil.

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BITAL, 01/01/2001

2001

ANTWERP, BELGIUM, 2001

Acquisition of a major Belgian manufacturer of waterproofing membranes, BITAL, renamed SOPREMA NV.

  

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Canada, 01/01/2000

2000

CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, 2000

A second Canadian plant starts production near Vancouver.

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Flashing, 01/01/1999

1999

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 1999

SOPREMA invents Alsan® Flashing®, a single-component polyurethane bitumen resin that can be applied with no in-situ primer using a roller or a broad brush on upstands in new and refurbished constructions.

 

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Alsan range, 01/01/1997

1997

 

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 1997

SOPREMA releases a range of liquid waterproofing systems using polyurethane resin called Alsan®.

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6th SOPREMA plant, 01/01/1993

1993

WADSWORTH, OHIO, 1993

The sixth SOPREMA plant is inaugurated in the USA.

   

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Pierre-Etienne BINDSCHEDLER, 01/01/1992

1992

 

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 1992

Pierre GEISEN hands the management of the company over to his grandson, Pierre-Etienne BINDSCHEDLER.

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Sopranature, 01/01/1989

1989

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 1989

SOPREMA invents a green terrace roof system called Sopranature®.
The concept slows down rainwater runoff and improves the thermal and acoustic insulation of buildings.

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Québec, 01/01/1984

1984

DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC, 1984

The development of sales in Canada leads to the opening of a plant in Québec.

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Sopralène, 01/01/1975

1975

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 1975

Development of Sopralène®, the first range of waterproofing products using SBS elastomer bitumen reinforced with unwoven polyester. Exports grow across the world and sales subsidiaries are set up, first in Europe and then in North America.

   

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"Société des Produits et Revêtements d'Etanchéité Mammouth", 01/01/1941

1941

AVIGNON, FRANCE, 1941

As World War II breaks out, the company is once again forced to leave its base. This time, it moves to Avignon, where Pierre GEISEN sets up a new company, called the "Société des Produits et Revêtements d'Etanchéité Mammouth".

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Pierre Geisen, 01/01/1933

1933

STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 1933

Charles GEISEN's son, Pierre GEISEN, an engineer from the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures takes over the management of the company. At the same time, Pierre improves the «Mammouth®» screed by covering it with a fine sheet of aluminium to protect it from temperature variations, the effects of the weather and ultraviolet rays, and thereby increasing its lifespan.

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Zurich, 01/01/1914

1914

ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND, 1914

The business moves to Switzerland when World War I breaks out. A company is set up in Zurich.

 

 

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The "MAMMOUTH" is born, 01/01/1909

1909

STRASBOURG, 1909 seeking to develop a fully waterproof fabric which would also be flexible and easy to install Charles GEISEN finds the solution by soaking jute fabric in hot bitumen. The result gives a lightweight but strong screed which comes to be known as "Mammouth®".

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"Les Usines Alsaciennes d'Emulsions", 01/01/1908

1908

In 1908, Charles Geisen moved on to bigger things by setting up "Usines Alsaciennes d'Émulsions" in Strasbourg, company specialised in the fashioning of waterproofing liquids and paste made from natural asphalt and coal tar pitch.