Knauf Insulation has officially opened its first plant in Malaysia marking an exciting new chapter for the Asia Pacific region.
The new plant, which is located in Johor Bahru in the southern part of the country, started production of Glass Mineral Wool solutions in early 2021. The new facility has created 180 new jobs, and with an annual capacity of 75,000 tonnes, it offers customers enhanced solutions and a wider product range for residential and non-residential buildings specifically tailored for the Asia Pacific market.
Stuart Dunbar, Knauf Insulation’s Managing Director for Asia Pacific, said: “Demand for insulation products that offer warranted quality, sustainability and ease of handling is soaring across the region due to increasing energy costs and more stringent building regulations in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan and Korea.”
New solutions — and the new plant — enjoy outstanding sustainable credentials. Johor Bahru features some of the most efficient technology available on the market today, and a wide range of solutions are produced from up to 80% post-consumer recycled glass using, company's revolutionary bio-based ECOSE Technology® binder.
In addition, emissions from shipping and transporting products to their final destination are offset thanks to unique compression packaging, which allows to deliver a high volume of products per shipment. The entire product range has also been customised to meet the specific requirements of residential and non-residential markets in the region in addition to solutions for HVAC systems and domestic appliances such as ovens, cars and fridges.
Highly efficient shipping logistics from Malaysia also enabled Knauf Insulation to develop new distribution partnerships in South-East Asian countries and strengthened its presence in the major insulation markets of Japan, Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore.