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Knauf Ceiling Solutions: Pioneering smart ceiling systems

July 29, 2022

Knauf Ceiling Solutions (erstwhile Armstrong Ceiling Solutions) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative acoustical ceiling solutions that enhance comfort, improve building efficiency and create beautiful spaces. It offers the broadest portfolio of acoustical ceilings in mineral fibre, metal, wood and soft fibre for commercial, educational and healthcare segments.

With a strong India presence for more than 50 years, the company has partnered to service projects in more than 100 cities across India. Headquartered in Mumbai, Knauf Ceiling Solutions has a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Pune and sales offices in nine cities across the country.

A part of the Iphofen, Germany headquartered Knauf Group (estb.1932), Knauf Ceiling Solutions has successfully delivered solutions to 500 plus educational institutions across the country. Among them, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, NIT (Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Chennai), AIIMS, Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai), National Law University, ESIC Medical College, Cygnus World School, IISER, Pune, Poddar School, Cygnus World School, among others. Its acoustical ceiling and wall solutions offer high durability options eliminating intrusive noise, increasing concentration and creating a relaxed environment conducive to learning.

Comprising four divisions – Knauf Gypsum, Knauf Insulation, Knauf Industries & Knauf Ceiling Solutions — the Knauf Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of modern insulation materials, drylining systems, plasters and accessories, thermal insulation composite systems, paints, floor screed, floor systems, and construction equipment. It boasts 220 production facilities and sales organisations in over 86 countries. In October 2019, the Knauf Group completed its acquisition of Armstrong World Industries EMEA & APAC business.

“From sustainable mineral solutions, to durable metal and acoustically optimized wood and wood wool solutions, our shapes, textures and colours inspire sustainable design solutions that turn interior spaces into amazing experiences. We can offer application-wise acoustical solutions and the performance of our products provides the ideal combination of sound absorption and sound blocking, what we refer to as ‘A (Absorption)’ & ‘B (Blocking)’ of Acoustics. Sound absorption reduces noise while sound blocking keeps it from traveling into adjacent spaces. Together these attributes help create a better acoustical environment, creating a comfortable and healthy environment to carry out activities under the best conditions,” says PV Somasundaram, Executive director – Business Head – India & SAARC, Knauf Ceiling Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.

Staying ahead of the curve

Over the years, Knauf has emerged as an indisputable market leader by pioneering digitalisation and precision, and setting new benchmarks as a driver of innovation. The company’s unrivalled portfolio offers unique products for an ever-evolving market. Some of the ways in which the company has retained its leadership position in the market are:

  • Knauf is the only ceilings solutions company which boasts expertise across various ceiling materials and thus can be a single point solutions provider for any need of the customer for any application. Meanwhile, other players in the market specialise in a single product material.
  • The company’s wide manufacturing capability, best in class production facilities and a global footprint enables it to cater to almost every country across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific.
  • Knauf’s highly experienced in-house design team offers tailor-made solutions, including development of new systems and products customised for a specific project. Over the years, the company has introduced a slew of innovative products which have set new benchmarks in the industry such as its Heradesign range, special high absorption mineral and metal products that come in a plethora of sizes, colors, shapes and designs.
  • Knauf is a pioneer of wood and bamboo ceilings and wall solutions in the Indian market. Moreover, when it comes to Fire Reaction (an important consideration for every ceiling system) Knauf ceiling tiles are engineered to meet the most stringent industry standards, making education institutes (learning environments) safer.

“Knauf group is overwhelmed with the India Opportunity and the government’s ambitious growth plans. To be in sync with these plans, Knauf Ceiling Solutions India is working towards increasing investments in the country to propel its growth plans and be a part of the India Growth Trajectory. We will continue focusing on high-quality acoustic solutions in multi materials/multi products with enhanced customer centricity to retain our leadership position,” says Somasundaram.


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