MAKING OUR LIVES BETTER
Quality of life begins at home. Take swisspor, the leading provider of insulation and waterproofing solutions in Switzerland: it is constantly striving to develop products that reduce the amount of energy buildings use. The group’s new facility in Châtel-St-Denis (see photograph) manufactures advanced polyurethane insulating panels. As Laurent Caillère, Marketing and Communications Director, explains: “Our products offer considerably more added-value than those of our rivals”, adding “We manufacture a total of 300,000 m3 of panelling every year. In addition, swisspor also has the highest number of products (in excess of 100) of any insulation manufacturer in Switzerland carrying the eco-bau “eco” label. This is not the only example of the group’s sustainable leadership: since 2013, all of its six manufacturing facilities in Switzerland are powered by 100% green electricity generated from renewable sources. Furthermore, the roofs of the two facilities in Fribourg are fitted with around 15,000 m2 photovoltaic panels, effectively making them the largest solar plant in the canton.
“WE’RE COMMITTED TO INVESTING IN SWITZERLAND”
In 2010, swisspor officially opened a new plant in Châtel-St-Denis, the largest facility for the manufacture of expanded polystyrene insulation in Switzerland. Seven years later, a second factory specialising in polyurethane came on stream. “In one decade alone, the group has invested in excess of 100 million Swiss francs in the canton of Fribourg. Our strategy is to strengthen not only the Swiss market but also our position at the local level. This is why the products manufactured at our German, Austrian, Polish, Romanian and Slovenian facilities are destined exclusively for their respective national markets”, explains Laurent Caillère, swisspor’s Marketing and Communications Director, adding that such an approach offers a major advantage: “We believe that a certain geographical proximity is essential. For example, our two factories in Châtel-St-Denis have their own logistics set-up – a fleet of 16 trucks – that delivers to up to 300 building sites a day. In this regard, the canton of Fribourg is ideally located, enabling us to build a strong market presence nationwide.” An additional benefit of keeping production at home is Switzerland’s highly qualified and committed workforce. “Swiss quality is more than a label. It’s a mindset!”