NBT begins merger with Soprema
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A global name in the construction supply chain, Soprema boasts 67 manufacturing sites around the world, more than 90 subsidiary companies and more than 4,000 distributors.
NBT first joined the group in 2016 and the legal process of creating the new UK business has been in progress in the interim, drawing on synergies between Soprema and NBT, while ensuring that NBT retains its clear focus on delivering sustainable, robust and cost-effective solutions for the building envelope.
Andrew Mitchell from NBT/Soprema explains: “We have undergone what might be called a soft merger over the past couple of years and our customers probably haven’t noticed the difference as we’ve been going through the legal, commercial and operational process of completing the new structure.
“However, the integration of NBT and Soprema brings with it huge benefits for specifiers, procurement professionals, contractors and end-users as it enables a joined-up supply chain focused on best-fit and best-practice solutions for the building envelope. For specifiers it means an integrated, expert approach to delivering a project-specific solution, for procurement and construction professionals it means a rationalised, cost-effective supply chain, and for the end user it ensures buildings that will perform better and last longer.”
NBT’s Pavatex range of woodfibre insulation, airtightness tapes and membranes now sit alongside a huge array of Soprema solutions, including waterproofing, roofing, solar energy, insulation and acoustics. A statement from NBT said that the company has already been pioneering envelope solutions and driving take-up of sustainable, renewable building products in the mainstream construction industry, and the company will now leverage the global capabilities of Soprema to take this vision forward.
Laurent Verheyden, managing director of Soprema businesses in the UK, said: “The building envelope is becoming increasingly complex and specifiers often have to look to different suppliers for the varied elements of the build-up.”
“What we can now offer is a specialism in complete envelope solutions, with hybrid systems that answer the needs of today’s construction sector, including buildability, performance and environmental goals. All of that will be backed by the warranty, technologies and expertise available from Soprema, for a high standard of support and quality assurance from first enquiry to final hand over.”
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