€200 million mineral wool factory set to launch

€200 million mineral wool factory set to launch

Knauf Insulation is pleased to announce a major investment of circa €200 million in a new state-of-the-art rock mineral wool factory to serve the UK market.

The large-scale facility, with an annual capacity in excess of 100,000 tonnes, will utilise cutting-edge, low-carbon electric melting technology, demonstrating a strong commitment to meet the growing market demand for sustainable, non-combustible insulation solutions.  

Through this investment, Knauf Insulation will achieve two key goals by both decarbonising and significantly increasing its UK supply of rock mineral wool products, in addition to its existing Queensferry plant. The new factory will address the market’s growing need for insulation solutions with ultra-low embodied carbon, and play a key role in helping the UK achieve its net zero targets.  

Knauf Insulation’s Managing Director for Northern Europe, Neil Hargreaves, expressed enthusiasm about the project, stating: “Following the €50 million+ investment across our two UK glass mineral wool plants in 2023/4, this represents another exciting development for the business and our valued customers, as well as a further sign of confidence from Knauf Group in the future growth of the UK and Northern European mineral wool markets. The investment represents a step change in the capacity, capability, and sustainability of our UK rock mineral wool solutions, whilst significantly contributing towards Knauf Group’s ambitious sustainability goals.”

It is anticipated the additional capacity will become available in 2026. Knauf Insulation is engaged with authorities to select the most competitive location for the facility, in order to maximise its future success.  More updates to follow during 2024 as the project progresses.  

For more information about Knauf Insulation visit https://www.knaufinsulation.co.uk/

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