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Milestones - Unger-Diffutherm GmbH

The 70's and 80's
  • The student Bernd Unger is well known among his circle of friends for his thermal and electromechanical inventions.
  • He concentrates his interest on the production of electricity through temperature differences (Peltier-elements) as well as energy-saving building technologies.
  • He regularly fascinates those around him with similar new ideas and inventions.
  • Even at this early stage the name Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Unger stands for innovative inventions which are ahead of their time.
1989
  • The beginnings of today’s established company Unger Diffutherm take shape in a modest two room flat.
  • Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Unger involves himself in the analysis of flaws in building construction.
  • Tests are undertaken on various combinations of building materials.
  • Already at this point the inventor has restricted his focus to ecologically-friendly building materials.
  • He revolutionised the use of the building material wood to create high-performance products.
  • The idea for a directly-renderable wood-fibre board was born.
1990
  • The company Unger starts the first line of tests on wood-fibre insulation boards.
  • A manufacturer for large-scale production is found.
  • The seminars and training courses offered by the developer Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Unger rouse great interest among architects and developers.
  • The first masonry buildings are insulated.
  • The wife of the founder of Unger Diffutherm, Karin Unger, now takes on an active role within the company.
  • She is to this day still responsible for all commercial aspects of the company.
1993
  • The first UNGER-DIFFUTHERM boards for internal test purposes are manufactured.
  • The performance of the revolutionary sandwich-layer insulation boards inspire the researcher and developer to new heights.
  • New ideas for a compatible render are evolved.
  • The self-produced fine-renders are integrated.
  • Dipl.–Ing. Bernd Unger makes the pace.
1994
  • Further buildings are insulated –both masonry and timber constructions.
  • Research projects for wood-fibre with a render coating are undertaken in collaboration with institutes such as the Technical University Dresden, the Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut in Braunschweig and the Materials Testing Institute.
  • These achieve very impressive results.
1995
  • The first insulation element from UNGER-DIFFUTHERM that can be directly rendered is presented and explained in training courses.
  • The company is represented for the first time at international building exhibitions in Germany.
  • The first list of specifications for products is produced.
  • The company Unger Diffutherm is now recognised as a competitor within the insulation industry.
  • The numerous information seminars show their first effects.
1996
  • An application was made for a Building Inspectorate approval for the system for mineral substrates and timber bearer constructions to the German Institute for Building Technology (DIBT) in Berlin.
  • An approval was regarded at this time as impossible.
  • At a high cost and level of effort, further buildings of all construction types were insulated on the basis of individual approvals.
  • After successfully completing a commercial degree the daughter, Anka Unger, joined the company.
  • She took on the full responsibility for sales within Germany.
  • After an uncountable number of fire resistance tests the company hoped that the product would receive the building materials classification B1 ( flame resistant).
1998
  • B1 is the key to the Building Inspectorate approval of the system (Rendered Board).
  • Herr Dipl. –Ing. Bernd Unger receives the commendation „Einfach genial“ (simply ingenious) from the German television station MDR and generates a great deal of interest among the viewers and industry specialists.
1999
  • UNGER-DIFFUTHERM raises its profile within the timber-framed construction sector.
  • The ecological consumer magazine Ökotest awards the UNGER-DIFFUTHERM insulation system top marks.
  • Numerous new building projects follow due to a new level of consumer confidence.
  • The subsidised, established industrial competitors attempt to thwart the progress of the company Unger Diffutherm.
  • The European Prize for Innovation was awarded for cost minimisation in the construction of new buildings and the renovation of existing buildings in the category ‘Residential Building and Urban Development’.
2000
  • The German Carpentry Association (BDZ) warns its members against the use of our system as it has not yet received a Building Inspectorate approval.
  • A new attempt is made to secure a Building Inspectorate approval.
  • Claims for damages are made against the company to the order of several hundred thousand German Marks – even though no cases of damage exist!
2001
  • After a new round of discussions the long desired goal is reached: the issue of the approval for timber constructions under the number Z-9.1-523.
  • The Unger Diffutherm renderable wood-fibre board finds more and more proponents.
  • The management of the company is enriched by the son, Norman Unger, joining the company.
2002
  • A year later the company is issued the Approval for mineral substrates under the number Z-33.43-204.
  • Numerous additional reference buildings are insulated with the established insulation system.
2003
  • The company moves to new premises.
  • The new development and the first tests of a water vapour regulating base coat render.
  • This is to be used in applications for the interior wall insulation of the UNGER-DIFFUTHERM System.
  • Further improvements are made to the colour pigment quality and service quality in the manufacture of coloured fine quality renders and paints.
  • The use of the latest optoelectronics in measurement technologies and spectral cameras in order to calibrate foreign colour tones for the in-house production - based upon numerous customer requests.
  • The first imitation products (forgeries) appear on the market – with serious consequences for the purchasers as they discovered later.
2004
  • The first extension of the approval for timber constructions until 2009 under Z-33.47-663.
  • Loam building materials are included in the product range for ecological interior building projects.
  • This is intended as the ideal combination to the existing insulation system - the current UdiLOAM–System.
  • Tests are made on a new type of combined sandwich-layer insulation board.
2005
  • Due to increasing demand, investments are made in further production equipment for UNGER-DIFFUTHERM insulation boards.
  • The initial development work of a 40 mm insulation board for use in the renovation of pre-fabricated houses.
  • Our activities go far beyond the German borders : Alongside Belgium and Austria, we also have requests from France, Spain, Italy, England and Japan for UNGER-DIFFUTHERM products.
2006
  • The premiere for the introduction of the brand name UDI.
  • Udi stands for Unger-Diffutherm: Umweltfreundlich (Environmentally-friendly) geDämmt(insulated) and Innovative.
  • The company is able to make further exciting developments relating to the sandwich-layer insulation element with integrated climate chambers.
  • The issuance of the patent rings in a new era in the insulation system market.
  • Further market launches of innovative products from Unger Diffutherm follow.
  • The introduction of the flexible wood-fibre insulation board UdiFLEX and the system UdiSTEAM for complete air and wind tightness.
  • A specially commissioned team of technicians takes on the specific research tasks for an additional new system.
  • Project UdiRECO begins.
2007
  • The extension of the approval in monolithic areas until 2012 under Z-33.43-204.
  • In 2007 follows a notional and to this point unheard of thrust with the name – Long Term Guarantee System.
  • With this guarantee package the successful introduction of the systems UdiFRONT and UdiIN in the European market is undertaken.
  • After completing a commercial diploma, Norman Unger buys a share in the company.
  • Apprenticeship positions are created within the company for sales persons for wholesale and foreign trade.
  • Due to the successes achieved in the UdiRECO project it is possible to start making preparations for the market launch.
2008
  • The long-term guarantee package is offered for the first time in Germany.
  • With this long-term guarantee package, the company Unger Diffutherm is once again the undisputed market leader.
  • The inventor and his team provide developers and tradesmen with systems of the highest levels of reliability and security.
  • The inventor, visionary and businessman Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Unger explains to the specialist press and specialist public his innovations for 2008:
  • UdiSPEED (40 mm Render bearer board) and upon successful completion of the test series UdiCLIMATE (interior insulation system with climate chambers).
  • Investment in a new machine with an increased extraction capacity for the manufacture of UdiSPEED.
  • Further investment in a larger production system in order to provide the extra capacity needed for the manufacture of UdiRECO.
2009
  • Promising presentation of the first ETIC system with integrated surface levelling compensation features.
  • UdiRECO is warmly received by the specialist public at the BAU building exhibition in Munich.
  • We are happy to announce a reduction in prices in our new UdiPRICELIST for 2009.
  • The first buildings renovated and insulated using UdiRECO are a great success. The project was completed without any problems and at a lower cost than the developer had expected.
2010
  • The successful insulation system UdiRECO is now also being used in building interiors.
  • New manufacturing facilities are activated.
  • The adjustable, combination insulation board UdiRECO establishes itself in the market as a new interior insulation system and is available in the thicknesses 80, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180 and 200 mm.
2011
  • After a 2 year development phase, our ingenious employees achieved a very special highlight: UdiSTONE.
  • This multi-talent for ecological, interior building creates great interest within the construction sector.

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