PEG, the polyester fiber insulation manufacturer
A real advantage for market-testing an innovative product under the best possible conditions
The Springboard Guidelines have been decisive in enabling rapid performance validation for our new products. A motivating factor for moving forward with ATec certification at the same time.
PEG has a 150-year history as a specialist in using non-woven techniques to protect people against the cold, and expanded into the building thermal insulation market eight years ago. The company offers 100% polyester fiber products manufactured 60% from recycled plastic bottles.
Produced at Dénestanville, near Dieppe, its ECOPEG®39 and ECOPEG®35 products are the result of in-house research and development, and deliver the levels of performance suggested by their names: thermal conductivity values of 0.039 and 0.035 W/m.K as validated by LNE (the French National Metrology and Test Laboratory). "We began by applying for the CE mark," explains Selim Zahour, the company's Production Manager and R&D Coordinator. "But it soon became apparent to us that that wouldn't be enough. At the same time, with no certainty about the future our product would have in what is an exceptionally competitive world, we were hesitant to engage with the labor-intensive and lengthy traditional path of ACERMI certification. So the introduction of the Springboard Guidelines was the clincher for us."
ECOPEG39 and ECOPEG35
A 100% polyester fiber insulation product produced 60% from recycled plastic bottles
- λ of 0.039 W/m.K, available as rolls (5.4 m) and panels (1200x600 mm) in thicknesses from 50 to 100 mm
- λ of 0.035 W/m.K, available as panels in thicknesses from 45 to 120 mm
- the Dénestanville plant
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This simplified, but recognized, procedure gave PEG access to commercial benefits that are simultaneously essential and indisputable. It also seemed both logical and necessary to embark on the ATec certification application process at the same time.
"The award of certification for three years gives us the reassurance we need to test the market backed by the credibility of a universally accepted quality mark," continues Selim Zahour. "It also allows us the breathing time we need to consider possible developments. We can now put in place the processes needed to ensure the successful marketing of ECOPEG®39 and 35: the first was granted certification in December 2014, and the second received a positive recommendation in summer 2015." The ECOPEG® product range is targeted primarily at architects. We now have to convince trade specialists and contractors of the advantages offered by our range: easy to fit with no need for gloves or masks because it poses no health risks, technical properties that remain constant over time, and a completely recyclable product.
As an added bonus, the Springboard Guidelines have given the PEG management team the opportunity to familiarize themselves with all the requirements of the certification process. What could be more reassuring for the next stage and certification of a new PEG product with thermal conductivity of 0.032 W/m.K!