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For over a hundred years IKO has produced innovative solutions for flat roofs, pitched roofs and the waterproofing industry. Specifiers, installers and building owners alike rely on IKO’s proven technical expertise for new build and refurbishment projects, throughout all industry sectors. IKO’s continued investment in UK manufacture ensures that we can provide you with roofing and waterproofing solutions that meet increasingly stringent performance and design requirements.

 

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IKO Timeline: Over a Hundred Years of Experience

Discover over a century of heritage and Innovation

BEGIN
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1883

F. McNeil & Co. Ltd. is formed (later to become Marley Waterproofing)

1891

Ruberoid Roofing invented

1900

Permanite Limited founded

1904

Large roof project for Ruberoid in the USA

1905

Insulating Materials, Tapes, & C. One of Ruberoid’s first product lists

1906

Ruberoid Company is formed

 

1910

Captain Scott’s Hut is waterproofed with Ruberoid materials

1920

Ruberoid’s first advert placed in architectural press

1925

First issue of internal Ruberoid magazine Roll Call

1928

Development of profiled steel sheet roof decking pioneered by Ruberoid

1929

Rolls of Ruberoid in convoy from Brimsdown to South Africa

1930

Public Sector project proposal using asphalt

 

1935

Ruberoid felt used in India

1936

Pluvex ‘Handy Guide for Gardeners & Poultry Keepers’ is published

1940

Ruberoid move address after High Holborn is bombed

1944

Hessian supercedes steel mesh for runways

1946

Second Mastic Asphalt unit opened in Matlock

‘Self-finished Bituminous Roofings’ CPD given to Ironmongers Association

1948

Ruberoid launch all weather cricket practice surface

 

1949/51

IKO is formed in Canada

1954

Ruberoid creates its first 3D drawing to assist designers

1955

Fire tests carried out on Ruberoid Re-inforced Glass Fibre Base Roofing

1959

Ruberoid launch copper roofing

Ruberoid International Technical Committee is established

1960

Hyload Factory is opened

1967

F. McNeill & Co. Ltd. becomes first to introduce single ply roofing into UK market

Hyload is awarded first ever BBA Certificate & Ruberoid PVC sheeting is awarded first Kite Mark by BSI

 

1968

Thomas Witter commenced the manufacture of roofing felt at Appley Bridge

1969

Hyload DPC system used to protect Ramses statue in Egypt

1970

Tarmac purchases Permanite Ltd

1977

Permanite launches their first Roof Garden Engineering Brochure

Marley Waterproofing acquires F. McNeill & Co. Ltd

1978

Ruberoid Solar Reflection Paint launched

1979

IKO opens first plant in USA

Ruberoid Solar Reflection Paint upgrades specification from AB or AC fire rating to AA

 

1981

Tarmac purchased Thomas Witter Group, owners of Appley Bridge site and demolishes the old factory and renovates no.1 plant

1982

Permanite Asphalt became an independent company

1983

Ruberoid produces first edition of acclaimed ‘Blue Book’

1989

Tarmac purchases Ruberoid

Part of Tarmac Roofing Systems Industrial Products Division

1993

Ruberoid PLC launched

1994/95

Ruberoid acquires Hyload Inc and Blair Rubber in USA

 

1999

Ruberoid acquires Kingsnorth Bitumen Products

2000

IKO enters the UK market and acquires Ruberoid

2004

PermaTEC Monolithic Hot Melt launched in the UK

2005

Two new brands created

Permanite Engineered Roofing Systems brand is created

SpectraROOF Single Ply Engineering becomes single ply division at IKO

2006

Clay Cross factory built

IKO Group acquires Marley Waterproofing

2007

IKO supplied replacement materials to Scott’s Hut, nearly 100 years after original Ruberoid

 

2009

IKO becomes UK’s first domestic manufacturer of single ply roofing

IKO launch IKO Solar photovoltaic energy roof system in the UK

2011

Multi-million pound investment on Appley Bridge production line

Here's to the next 130 years
 
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