Knauf Insulation has expanded its sales team, demonstrating its commitment to South Africa. Suria Ramnarain, who will be based in Johannesburg, joins the company as Sales Development Manager.
In her new role, Suria will work closely with architects & specifiers, contractors, and merchants to provide the right insulation solutions for their needs. She will draw on more than 15 years’ experience in the construction industry to establish and grow Knauf Insulation’s market share in the country.
Speaking about her appointment Suria said: “South Africa is facing an energy crisis and as a country, we desperately need to find ways to reduce our energy consumption. Knauf Insulation offers a range of products, some of which have been developed specifically for South Africa, which improve the energy efficiency of the buildings they are used in, so I believe there is huge potential to grow the brand in this market.”
“I am extremely excited by the challenge ahead; Knauf Insulation has a huge focus on sustainability. Its bio-based binder, ECOSE® Technology, means its products are not only less energy-intensive to manufacture but are much more pleasant to handle than traditional mineral wool insulation. And the all-round performance of Knauf Insulation’s mineral wool products, such as their energy efficiency, non-combustibility, acoustic performance and comfort, will make them very attractive to customers here in South Africa.”
Mark Gillott, Business Development Director for Knauf Insulation added: “Legislation is changing in South Africa; cavity walls will soon be a requirement on all new properties and the introduction of EPC ratings will make potential house buyers, and business owners renting commercial office space, more sensitive to the energy performance of buildings. It is therefore essential to have a permanent presence in South Africa.”
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Suria to our team. Her extensive knowledge and proven track record within the construction industry makes her a valuable addition to Knauf Insulation.”
In recent months, Knauf Insulation has successfully introduced two new products into the market. Ceiling Roll (Multi Pack) is a completely new product concept – a two-in-one Glass Mineral Wool insulation roll that can be easily installed in layers either 50mm or 100mm thick. It has been developed for South Africa as an alternative to polyester (PET) insulation; it is comparable on cost, offers superior thermal performance, and crucially is non-combustible (certified to SANS 10177 part 5 and 10 (A/A1) and Euroclass A1 reaction to fire classification), so it’s far better for fire safety than plastic based PET products.
The second, Ceiling Roll (Combi-cut), is an adaptation to an existing Knauf Insulation product to make its customers’ lives easier. This perforated insulation allows for faster, more precise installation without need to measure or cut it.
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