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Materials

We have a long track record of industry leadership. Building on this, we develop our solutions with a close, expert eye on trends and sustainability.

A balanced supply of raw materials

We continuously improve our production processes to further enhance quality while using less material and energy and generating less waste. We rely on a variety of resources to manufacture our products, from minerals like mica, quartz, sand and gypsum to materials like cement and synthetic fibres.

Cement

A key ingredient widely available from many suppliers around the world

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Fibres

Sourced via a small number of companies with long-term partnerships with Etex

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Gypsum, sand and clay

We own quarries and secure supplies via long-term contracts with partners

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Other
Includes wollastonite, vermiculite, paper, mica, coatings and more


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Responsible use, recycling and sustainable sourcing

Our ultimate goal is to produce zero waste. Overall, the amount of waste we generated has remained consistent over the last 5 years.

Recycling continues to be a key focal point as it helps us conserve resources and improve the efficiency of our production processes. Every Etex business has implemented internal recycling programmes. The shared goal? To recover waste materials generated – including paper, cement and water – and channel them back into our own processes, or supply them to external partners.

We use recovered secondary raw materials produced by other companies as much as possible.

Specialised production processes

Etex has been producing building and construction solutions for nearly a century and has developed highly specialised production machines and processes, optimised over decades.

Hatschek machine

Hatschek machine

Developed in the 1890s by Ludwig Hatschek, we still rely on this equipment today and follow many of the original principles. The sheets are formed by slurry that runs through a sieve, thus depositing a soft porous film of fibres – moved onto felt and subsequently passed onto a forming roller. Successive films are drained under pressure to form solid material.

Plasterboard production

Plasterboard production

The result of a continuous production process, plasterboards begin as a mixture of gypsum, plaster and other materials that is spread onto high-quality paper, with a backing of paper applied later. The paper is folded at the edges to fix the shape. The board is then cut into panels and passed into big dryer.

Calcium silicate board production

Calcium silicate board production

A blend of purely natural elements is processed under pressure at high temperatures. The drying steam condensate is re-used to heat the boilers and save energy. The waste is recycled to save on raw materials. Moreover, high-precision customization of our production lines leads to lower CO2 emissions.

High-performance insulation

High-performance insulation

All Etex insulation products offer superior performance, including cost effective thermal insulation as well as world-leading passive fire protection systems that meet the highest standards and norms.

Best practices, high standards and rigorous testing 

Reliable, consistent materials are essential for safe buildings and high-performing solutions. Our processes adhere to high standards on the use of materials, testing procedures and safety level assessment. Our products are globally manufactured according to agreed quality levels and subject to strict testing to determine resistance to fire, crushing, weather conditions and chemicals. 

Improving the energy performance of buildings contributes significantly to climate-related targets. This is why we develop our materials in view of maximum insulation performance, reducing carbon emissions. 

Our fire protection and insulation products are subject to rigorous tests and certified for their ability to protect buildings and people. 

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