Insulation for a better tomorrow

Our History

URSA, modern company with 60 years of insulation expertise

 

URSA’s history dates back to 1949, when POLIGLAS was established in Spain. In 1988 it was acquired by Uralita Group. The German firm Pfleiderer AG also entered the insulation business in 1991. The lives of these two companies run parallel – POLIGLAS growing predominantly in Western Europe through the construction of new factories, while Pfeiderer grew the business especially in Eastern Europe – until  in 2002 Uralita Group purchased Pfleiderer’s insulation division. In 2004 URSA was officially born and since then it has not stopped expanding (within Europe and beyond), launching innovative and award winning insulation products.

 

 

THE ORIGINS

 

1949

The beginning

 

POLIGLAS was established by the Masiá Mas-Bagá family specialising in the business of natural lighting and moulding of thermoplastics.

 

1955

Dämmstoffe Held is established 

 

The insulation firm Dämmstoffe Held GmbH was established in Dinslaken, Germany.

 

1959

POLIGLAS start in the insulation business

 

POLIGLAS first entered the insulation business by producing GLASCOPOR Expanded Polystyrene.  The first subsidiary company was created in Madrid in 1973 and was followed by the one in Seville in 1976.

 

1970

Dämmstoffe Held builds glass mineral wool plant

 

12 years after it started operations, Dämmstoffe Held GmbH built a glass mineral wool factory in Wesel (Germany). 

 

THE FIRST EXPANSION

 

1974

Poliglas builds  first glass mineral wool plant


The first POLIGLAS glass mineral wool plant was built at El Plà de Santa Maria (Tarragona – Spain) which started commercializing its products under the brand GLASCOWOOL.

 

1983

POLIGLAS, S.A. France is born


POLIGLAS, S.A. France was established with a subsidiary in Toulouse; a big step towards the Group’s international expansion. 

 

1987

The first XPS plant


The first POLIGLAS extruded polystyrene (XPS) plant was also built in El Plà de Santa Maria (Tarragona – Spain), and it soon started commercializing the brand GLASCOFOAM. 

 

 

FIRST ACQUISITIONS AND INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

 

1988

Uralita Group acquires POLIGLAS


Uralita Group, the leading Spanish manufacturer of building materials, acquired POLIGLAS and its insulation business. 

 

1991

Pfleiderer also enters the insulation business


The German firm Pfleiderer AG, wanting to enhance its product portfolio, entered the insulation business through the acquisition of the manufacturer Dämmstoffe Held GmbH that was located in Wesel (Germany).
 

1992

A glass mineral wool plant in Slovenia


Pfleiderer, in line with its expansion strategy, acquired KRKA Novoterm d.o.o., a Slovenian company with a glass mineral wool plant in Novo Mesto. KRKA had a strong market share in the former Yugoslavia and it also delivered glass mineral wool to Italy and Austria. 

 

1993

Pfleiderer´s fast growth and POLIGLAS´ market consolidation


This year POLIGLAS established its presense in Germany and Italy by founding local branches – POLIGLAS GmbH and POLIGLAS Srl..
Pfleiderer purchased Isoglass N.V., a Belgian firm with a glass mineral wool plant in Desselgem and presence in the Benelux, France and the UK. Pfleiderer also opened-up a new glass mineral wool plant in Delitzsch (Germany).

 

1995

A new glass mineral wool plant in Russia


Pfleiderer continued growing, this time through the acquisition of a glass mineral wool plant in Chudovo (Russia) that had been formerly established by Mehr&Held GmbH, the engineering arm of previously mentioned Dämmstoffe Held GmbH

 

   

NEW PRODUCTS, CONSOLIDATION ALL OVER EUROPE

 

1996

Pfleiderer increases production capacity. POLIGLAS builds its 2nd XPS plant


Due to market growth, production capacities of the Novo Mesto (Slovenia) and Desselgem (Belgium) plants were increased. At the same time, Pfleiderer technika izolacyjna Polska was established as a sales subsidiary in Poland.
POLIGLAS built its second plant of extruded polystyrene in Queis (Germany). 

 

1997

POLIGLAS starts its stone mineral wool business


POLIGLAS continued with its European industrial expansion program through the acquisition of the Isolyth Rt. plant in Tapolca (Hungary) and the launch of the stone mineral wool branded GLASCOROCK.
Pfleiderer opened a sales office in Kiev (Ukraine).

 

1998

A new glass mineral wool plant and new international sales offices

POLIGLAS France Industrie S.A. was established in St. Avold (France) paving the way for the construction of a new glass mineral wool plant in France.
This same year POLIGLAS Ltd. and POLIGLAS Dämmsysteme GmbH were established in London (England) and Frankfurt (Germany), respectively.

 

 

50 YEARS OF POLIGLAS AND GROWTH BEYOND EUROPE

 

1999

POLIGLAS acquires Fibraver while Pfleiderer adds two more GW factories


POLIGLAS celebrated its 50th anniversary. This very same year, it acquired Fibraver in France, together with a glass mineral wool plant in Beaucaire (France).
Pfleiderer acquired a glass mineral wool plant in Salgotarjan (Hungary) while the factory in Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland) started operations. 

 

2000

St. Avold facilities start operations


POLIGLAS´ new plant in St. Avold (France) started the production of glass mineral wool.

 

2001

A second glass mineral wool plant in Russia


Pfleiderer decided to build the second GW plant in Serpukhov (Russia). 

 

 

THE FORGING OF A NEW COMPANY

 

2002

Uralita Group purchases Pfleiderer’s insulation division


Uralita acquired Pfeiderer’s insulation division.
POLIGLAS started the development of the Adriatic project related to the construction of an XPS plant in Bondeno (Italy). 

  

2003

Capacity increase in Bondeno


POLIGLAS started installing a second production line in order to increase the capacity of the recently built XPS factory in Bondeno (Italy).

 

2004

URSA is born with a new image


As a result of the merger of POLIGLAS and Pfleiderer, URSA was born as a new company combining the expertise of the two businesses. A totally fresh and new image of URSA was created and a new logo and corporate image were launched.
Parallel, the new brands were launched, the flagship ones being URSA GLASSWOOL and URSA XPS

 

 

100 YEARS OF URALITA. CAPACITY KEEPS INCREASING

 

2005

Capacity increase in Serpukhov 

 

URSA built a second production line in its Serpukhov plant (Russia).

 

2006

New XPS plant in St. Avold


URSA built an XPS plant in the existing production site of St. Avold (France) with a capacity of 250,000 m3.

 

2007

100 years of Uralita. New XPS plant in Russia and more capacity growth

 

Uralita Group celebrated its 100th anniversary.
URSA’s 5th production center on extruded polystyrene insulation was built in Serpukhov (Russia) while the capacity of the St. Avold glass mineral wool plant (France) was increased up to 34,000 tons.

 

 

NEW PRODUCT BREAKTHROUGHS

 

2008

A glass mineral wool plant acquired in Turkey


URSA’s expansion beyond Europe continued. This time through the acquisition of the glass mineral wool business of Ozpor, whose plant is located in Polatli (Ankara – Turkey).

 

2009

Launching of innovative and revolutionary PureOne


URSA launched the premium product PureOne - the first white, soft and high performing mineral wool in Europe. This launching falls within the corporate strategy of offering the most innovative and sustainable product lines while additionally contribute to improve indoor air quality.
URSA TERRA, the new mineral wool insulation providing for a high quality acoustic insulation, was also launched this year.

 

2010

URSA GEO is simultaneously launched internationally


URSA launched URSA GEO, an innovative product in its standard range that provides for high thermal and acoustic insulation, coupled with excellent mechanical and fire-resistance characteristics.

 

2011

PureOne receives several European awards


Throughout its history URSA has received many awards, but few times has one of its product been so internationally acclaimed. URSA’s star product PureOne received a number of awards all around Europe such as Product Innovation BAU 2011, Green Brand Innovation certificate, end-consumer recognitions etc.

 

 

 

ACCELERATING INTERNAL & EXTERNAL GROWTH

 

2012

URSA Insulation receives another Environmental Product Declaration


URSA Germany receives the Environmental Product Declaration after passing the evaluation under IBU standards (Institut für Bauen und Umwelt).

 

2013

URSA new award for Product of the Year 2012


The readers of the journal dachbaumagazin choose the high performance insulation PureOne by URSA as Product of the year 2012.

 

2014

URSA starts production after earthquake


URSAs extruded polystyrene manufacturing plant in Bondeno (Italy) starts the production after going through severe reconstruction work, consequence of the serious earthquake which hit the region of Ferrara on the 20th May 2012.

 

2015

URSA launches its new corporate image


The two polar bears, URSAs logo and emblem, remain present. A symbol of protection and adaptation to the environment, which represents the values that the company wants to deliver: well-being, closeness and humanity.

 

2017

URSA launches URSA TERRA


URSA TERRA is the next development from our highly successful URSA GEO product range. Thanks to new binder technology and improved production process URSA TERRA offers many product enhancements.


The new range is softer, more durable, easier to install and yet still maintains its excellent physical and mechanical properties.


Yellow glass wool is now a product from the past. The future is green!