King’s Lynn site to benefit from £600,000 investment in next generation insulation material

Henry Bellingham MP visits Dow King's Lynn''LtoR, Henry Bellingham MP,  Chris Grimson (Commercial Director) , Mike Plumb,  Julian Beresford-Peirse (Site Leader),  Jim Robins.''I ANL-150803-100338009

Henry Bellingham MP visits Dow King's Lynn''LtoR, Henry Bellingham MP, Chris Grimson (Commercial Director) , Mike Plumb, Julian Beresford-Peirse (Site Leader), Jim Robins.''I ANL-150803-100338009

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A top quality roofing material developed at Lynn’s Dow Chemical site in North Lynn is set to be used in thousands of construction projects over the coming year.

Following a successful pilot launch during 2014, Dow Building Solutions, a division of Dow Chemical Group, has now rolled out its latest product, a new form of polystyrene roof insulation.

On Friday North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham was given a tour of the site and heard about the £600,000 investment into the development of XENERGY, a new roof insulation product due to be manufactured at Lynn by Dow Building Solutions.

The business supplies systems and products which help construction professionals to design and build energy efficient buildings from residential to commercial.

Dow has developed XENERGY to achieve environmental benefits through offering architects a significantly improved insulation performance.

Chris Gimson, who is head of commercial at Dow Building Solutions, said: “Through the commercial roll-out of XENERGY, Dow in Lynn is leading the way within the company internationally and in the industry. Our innovative approach, coupled with the highest standards of manufacturing, gives us a real competitive edge.”

And Julian Beresford-Peirse, site leader at Lynn, said: “We were delighted that Henry Bellingham could join us and learn about this new product and meet our employees.

“Particularly as our employees have built a reputation for manufacturing the highest standard insulation materials and investment here is a major vote of confidence in the site.”

Dow Building Solutions has a long history in the construction industry, beginning with the launch of STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene in the 1940s.

There have been several innovations since then and Dow products are now used globally.

The company is well-known for its blue STYROFOAM boards, but XENERGY has boards which are steel grey in colour.

Feedback from architects has been overwhelmingly positive, said Dow, not least because thinner boards offer greater construction design possibilities.