History

For more than 70 years, Onduline history has been characterised by a strategy of growth and international development.

 

 

 

 

The cellulose-bitumen-based roofing and underroofing material known as Onduline was invented and launched on the French market in 1944 by Gaston Gromier.
Until March 2006, the Company was 100% family-owned.  It was directed by Jean-Charles Gromier from 1960 to 2000 and his brother-in-law Jean-Louis Roques from 1975 to 2006.

In March 2006, the majority of family shareholders sold their shares to the private equity groups Astorg and Abenex.
This enabled Jean-Louis Roques, Astorg, Abenex and the remaining shareholders (the top 50 leaders of the Group) to participate in financing Onduline holding company, OFIC SAS.
Since 2008, governance of Onduline SA has consisted of an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board. The Executive Board is chaired by Richard Séguin and the Supervisory Board by Jean-Louis Roques.
 
Onduline history 1961
                  Onduline publicity cars in Lille (France) - 1961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onduline has always followed a strategy of growth and development:
 

  • Internal growth by gradual conquest of new markets and by successive launches of new products.
  • External growth through acquisitions of companies in the roofing industry.

 

 

Onduline BATIMAT 1963
Onduline at Batimat exhibition - 1963

Cargo Onduline sheets in Dunkirk
 

Cargo Onduline sheets 
 

Onduline at an exhibition
 

 

The main stages of development were as follows:

  • 1950: Launch of Onduline sheet, new roofing material in France
  • 1964: Opening of first 2 non-French sales subsidiaries in Germany and Italy.
  • 1973: Industrial investments in Italy and Belgium.
  • 1980: Opening of the Spanish subsidiary and later the Portuguese subsidiary.
  • 1981: Launch of the underroofing sheet in Italy.
  • 1984: Invention of the world-first and patented process of pre-pigmentation before impregnation with bitumen.
  • 1989-1994: Successive openings of sales subsidiaries in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
  • 1992: Acquisition of Onduclair, specialist of transparent plastic roofing materials.
  • 1994: Launch in Turkey of the commercial and industrial subsidiary Onduline Avrasya.
  • 2000-2003: Industrial investment in Malaysia. Opening of sales subsidiaries in Brazil and China.
  • 2000 to 2008: Industrial investments in Spain, Poland, Brazil and Russia.
  • 2008: Launch of the first cellulose-bitumen based tile ONDUVILLA. Onduline receives an award from JPMORGAN-HEC for being a family business that has successfully pursued the same growth strategy for 30 years.
  • 2008-2010: Launch of new sales subsidiaries in Latin-America (Colombia, Chile, Peru) and Asia (India, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc...).
  • 2010: Creation of OFIC North America and acquisition of Tallant Industries in the USA, manufacturer and distributor of corrugated cellulose-bitumen-based roofing materials and transparent sheets made of vinyl and polycarbonate.
  • 2011: Launch of a subsidiary in Kazakhstan.
  • 2011: Roofing underlays producted in Russia.
  • 2012: Launch of a second production line in the Russian plant in Nizhny Novgorod. Launch of new subsidiaries in the Philippines and in Bolivia.
  • 2014: Opening of a second line in Penang.

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