Foamit is to invest €10million to double capacity at its foam glass manufacturing facilty in Onsøy, Norway.

The investment consists of two new electric production lines and the modernisation of existing production lines into electric lines.

The capacity of the manufacturing plant, located close to Fredrikstad, will double and production will be close to emission-free.

The additional capacity will provide Foamit Group with new opportunities to offer foam glass to large Nordic infrastructure and building construction projects.

In the first stage of the programme, during the first half of 2025, the plant will have two new electric production lines installed, with a foam glass manufacturing capacity of approximately 130,000m3.

The production lines will use the best available technology in energy recovery and management systems.

After the addition of the new capacity, the existing two fossil fuel-based production lines will be converted into electric lines.

All of the electricity used by Foamit Group is fossil-free, meaning that the product-specific CO2 emissions of foam glass made in Onsøy will decrease by approximately 60%.

Going forward, emissions will mostly be caused by transport

Foamit Group has strong order books, with large infrastructure and building construction projects in 2024–2026.

The additional capacity provided by the investment will, in particular, respond to strong demand in Sweden and Norway, but it will also facilitate starting exports to Denmark.

The additional capacity of the Onsøy plant will also make it possible to further develop the group’s other production plants and focus on small fractions with higher value for the construction segment, for example, besides large-scale production.

The environmental permit process for expanding the plant’s production is already in progress, and the plant has made changes in the infrastructure that make the investment possible.

The additional capacity brought about by the investment programme will enter use in full during 2026, at which time the modernised lines will also return to operation alongside the new production lines.

Kalle Härkönen, CEO of Foamit Group, said: “As the capacity grows, we will also continuously focus on ensuring that there is enough raw material.

"Upcoming regulatory changes will enhance the availability of raw material, and we are continuously investigating new local raw material sources.”