STEICO UK – engineered for success
STEICO may be a relatively new name to many however its products have been sold in the UK for 30 years originally direct from its mills or via a small number of UK Agency customers.
In 2006 the first STEICO owned UK office was set up in Dartford, Kent predominantly to market the Munich based group’s new I Joist products. Today STEICO has established itself as one of the very best I Joist suppliers in the UK and the largest producer in Europe.
The corner stone of the STEICO success story in Europe has been based on its innovative and market leading range of insulation products manufactured from wood fibre. The group’s expertise has enabled the development of an ever expanding range of natural and truly sustainable building and insulation solutions. In countries such as Germany and France wood fibre products are stocked in most timber and builders merchant outlets and they have become a lifestyle product with consumers becoming increasingly knowledgeable about the benefits of healthy living, sustainability and summer heat protection.
With the vast majority of new homes in the UK being built by a few very large national house builders the UK market for such products has lagged behind and consumer knowledge has traditionally been poor. With sustained promotion, targeted marketing, excellent media communication, a new website and seminars STEICO has managed to play its part in educating and promoting the significant advantages of using wood fibre and the healthy indoor climate to both professionals and consumers alike.
Today, natural wood fibre products are increasingly being specified and can be easily sourced from a growing number of distribution partners. Sales are increasing and customer satisfaction is high. New initiatives from government can only help to accelerate the demand from consumers who want to invest in a healthy living environment and save money on energy costs at the same time.
In January 2010 STEICO completed the purchase of wood based panel and former Trus Joist wholesale supplier Puhoswood Limited. The two businesses merged together to form the STEICO (UK) Limited company which exists today. The combined activities allow STEICO UK to act as a system provider, offering a complete building solution, which consists of I Joists, Laminated Veneer Lumber, flooring products and insulation materials.
Puhoswood introduced the radical concept of using chipboard externally as a floor decking fully exposed to the elements for up to six weeks. The Weather Dek product started a revolution 20 years ago with all the major house builders quickly adopting it as an ideal partner for their new I Joists in exposed applications. Today Tongue and Grooved Chipboard sold either with a peel off or fully sealed surface has a manufacturer’s market value in excess of £35M.
The STEICO Group had a turnover of around €189M in 2015 selling across Europe and increasingly to emerging markets worldwide. The UK business focuses on two market sectors;
Structural Building Products and Components
• STEICO joist / wall
• STEICO LVL
• Glue laminated beams
• STEICO weatherdek and weatherprotect
• STEICO dek chipboard flooring
• WISA sprucefloor plywood
Natural Wood fibre insulation (flexible and boards)
• STEICO flex flexible insulation
• STEICO therm Insulation board
• STEICO universal and STEICO special sarking boards
• STEICO underfloor acoustic under lay boards
• STEICO protect external render boards
• Plus many other products
Exciting new developments include:
• A prompt delivery service of mixed items on one trailer combining TG Type P5 chipboard flooring with a full range of MDF and OSB products. This service helps customer cash flow by reducing stock holding.
• The new STEICO tradejoist introduction brings all the advantages of engineered floor beams to the smaller builder and renovator in a simplified single specification TJ60 / 220mm deep I joist format.
The STEICO UK product range is truly innovative and offers distributors, merchants and end users truly sustainable and future proof building solutions backed by the highest level of expertise, product development and experience.
Today the STEICO UK team sells to major groups such as Travis Perkins as well as many leading independent timber merchants, timber engineers and builders merchant outlets. Major DIY chains, timber frame manufacturers, acoustic floor providers and specialist ecological stockists complete the widening customer base and routes to market.
Based in Caddington, Bedforshire STEICO UK covers the UK and Ireland with an experienced team of commercial and technical specialists who can assist in the specification and innovation of our products.
STEICO is a brand which will continue to develop and evolve in the UK based on a successful pedigree and building on a firm foundation of innovation, experience and expertise.