History

For 70 years, Onduline history is characterized by a strategy of growth and international development.

Onduline®, cellulose-bitumen based roofing and under-roofing material, was invented and launched on the French market in 1944 by Gaston Gromier. The Company was 100%

 

family-owned until March 2006 and 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. It was an opportunity for 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 consists of an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board. The Executive Board is chaired by 

 

Jean-Noël Fourel and the Supervisory Board by Jean-Louis Roques.

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 under-roofing 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: Buying 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.

 

2000-2008: Industrial investments in Spain, Poland, Brazil and Russia.

 

2008: Launch of the first cellulose-bitumen based tile ONDUVILLA®. Onduline receives the 1st award from JPMORGAN-HEC for the family business,

 

which 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: Creating OFIC North America and the purchase of Tallant Industries in the USA, which manufactures and distributes corrugated cellulose-bitumen

 

based roofing materials and transparent sheets made of vinyl and polycarbonate.

 

2011: Launch of a subsidiary in Kazakhstan.

 

2012: Launch of a 2nd production line in the Russian plant in Nizhny Novgorod. Launch of new subsidiaries in the Philippines and in Bolivia