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AKool was formally established in October 2007 as a wholesale distributor with a singular focus on the marketing and sale of the Kingspan KoolDuct™ System. AKool and Kingspan became trading partners because of their mutual interest in marketing building products and systems that are environmentally sound, of the highest quality, and financially competitive with respect to their installation, as well as their ongoing operational and sustainability attributes. AKool will add other Kingspan building products to its product line as it grows.
AKool’s genesis was the result of the insight and vision of an individual who possesses years of experience with a leading sheet metal contractor in Jacksonville, Florida. Once introduced to KoolDuct, he immediately recognized the benefits of working with KoolDuct and its advantages over duct systems comprised of sheet metal wrapped in insulation. Those benefits include installation cost savings, life cycle or operational savings, and an emphasis on positive environmental performance. KoolDuct has repeatedly proven to be easy to fabricate and install and to possess exceptional performance properties once installed, leading to positive outcomes for both the provider and customer.
As a result, KoolDuct, which is exclusively owned and marketed by Kingspan globally, was deemed to be a major marketing opportunity for AKool Distribution. AKool’s principals extensively validated their findings on KoolDuct, researched the resources and staying power of Kingspan, confirmed Kingspan’s commitment to and strategy for KoolDuct globally, and gained a positive sense for Kingspan culturally as a trading partner. These efforts resulted in AKool and Kingspan entering into a non-exclusive supply agreement for KoolDuct prior to A-Kool’s 2007 launch date.
Though AKool is relatively new, Kingspan Group PLC has enjoyed global growth for 36 years. Kingspan was founded in 1972 as a small family business initially involved in the manufacture of metal cladding and roll formed structural sections. During the early 1980’s, Kingspan expanded into the manufacture of insulated panels and insulation products and established numerous manufacturing plants in the U.K. and Ireland. In the 1990’s, the company expanded through acquisitions and the addition of manufacturing plants and sales companies in the U.K., Benelux, Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, providing additional geographic diversity. Large-scale expansion also occurred across Kingspan’s main operating units. Since 2000, Kingspan has continued to grow through expansion and select acquisitions, including expanding into the access floor market through acquisitions in the U.K. and the USA. In addition, Kingspan has made large investments in manufacturing plants and research and development with a number of new products launched in the period. Kingspan is recognized throughout the construction industry for its commitment to innovation, design, quality and technical expertise.
Across a wide range of sectors within the industry, Kingspan’s integrated approach to building envelope solutions has made it the first choice in meeting the specialized needs of architects, specifiers, developers and owners. Kingspan products are designed to reduce capital costs and improve the quality and working environment in both new and refurbished buildings. Many products can be integrated on the same project offering the client improved build speed, exceptional thermal performance and undisputed fire-safe construction. Through its continued investment in research and development, its recognized commitment to quality and performance Kingspan confidently looks forward to a future of continued service to the construction industry world-wide.