In the World
The global presence of L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX is growing fast in order to effectively respond to the market’s needs. Today’s production facilities are located in • Italy (Headquarters), Russia, China, Turkey, USA, India, Malaysia, Dubai and Poland
L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX also has commercial distribution branches in Spain, Norway, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and Japan. There are further plans to establish new production facilities within the next three years, as well.
K-FLEX’s international production network is in response to a rapidly expanding thermal insulation market. Unlike other markets, L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX does not globalize as a strategy to decrease labor costs, but instead, is expanding in order to more efficiently reach local markets. Thermal insulation materials are high volume products and shipping costs have a strong impact on pricing. Maintaining a close vicinity to the local market and reducing transportation costs are, therefore, important strategic factors in this industry. A close proximity to customers provides K-Flex with the flexibility to adapt in this global market that is constantly evolving.
One of the strengths of L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX is the ability to effectively answer the specific needs of its customers through a particularly flexible production structure that enables inventory updates based on their sales forecasts. This flexibility allows for a better level of service to the customer.
The Italian production facility, is able to ensure the timely delivery of K-FLEX’s products to all countries in the European Union. A new production site of L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX will be completed soon, near the current premises.
L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX has been present in China since 1998, with a production plant in Guangzhou. Guangzhou is the largest coastal city of South China, the capital of the Guangdong province and, with 10,700,000 inhabitants, is the third largest city in China by population and economic importance. In 2004, the production plant in Wuxi (East China) was completed. Also, in order to better serve the central-west area of the large Asian country, a manufacturing facility was built in Chongqing in 2006.
Almost 10 years after establishing a presence in the Chinese market, L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX decided, in 2007, to make an important strategic decision: to open its largest manufacturing site outside of Italy in China. The decision to invest in Chinese and Asian markets is exemplary of a new fundamental strategy and turning point for L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX.
In 2008, L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX continued its expansion into other emerging countries as well. A production site was started in Pune, India. Pune is the second largest commercial city in the state of Maharashtra (West India).
Another very important business market for K-FLEX is North America, where K-FLEX has been present since 2001 through the Nomaco K-FLEX USA joint-venture. In January 2008, L’ISOLANTE K-FLEX bought all shares of the company and renamed it K-FLEX USA L.L.C. The company remains in Youngsville, North Carolina, and has a highly technological production unit that employs more than 150 people. There are also five distribution branches located all over the US, in order to ensure fast and efficient distribution throughout the United States. K-FLEX USA provides insulation products and solutions for the following areas: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R), as well as special solutions for the Industrial sector.