SOPREMA milestones

Drummondville (Quebec), 2012

SOPREMA acquires all of CONVOY, a North American distributor of building and roofing materials.

2012

SOPREMA opened an offrice in Sao Paulo, Brasil.

Drummondville (Quebec), 2011

At its North American headquarters, SOPREMA unveils the Mammouth SPIRIT, the largest bronze statue ever cast in Canada.

Drummondville (Quebec), 2011

Richard VOYER is entrusted with the position of Vice-President and the general direction of SOPREMA – North America.

2011

SOPREMA opened an office in Singapore.

Drummondville (Quebec), 2007

SOPREMA made several major investments in its Drummondville production facility, including a new manufacturing plant to produce polyurethane products. The first such product is ALSAN TRAFIK HP, a specifically designed liquid waterproofing membrane for use in parking structures, plaza decks and balconies. SOPREMA Canada acquired AYR FOIL, a manufacturer of reflective insulating products and EXPERTSEAL, a company that manufactures waterproofing coatings for the residential market.

Drummondville (Quebec), 2000

Pierre-Etienne BINDSCHEDLER appoints Richard VOYER as General Manager of SOPREMA Canada.

Chilliwack (British Columbia), 1999

SOPREMA opened a second Canadian production facility in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Drummondville (Quebec), 1998

SOPREMA’s Reseach and Development Department developed a new line of adhesive and waterproofing products, MAMMOUTH, produced in a second Drummondville manufacturing plant. SOPREMA introduced MACADEN, the first machine for automatic installation of SBS modified bitumen waterproofing membranes on bridges and parking structures.

Drummondville (Quebec), 1996

The Drummondville facility began production of self-adhesive air/vapour barrier and roofing membranes. RESISTO product line launched for the residential market. To tailor products to the climatic conditions of the North America market, a Research and Development Department was established.

Drummondville (Quebec), 1995

SOPREMA launched SOPRANATURE, a revolutionary green roof system, and a SOPRANATURE department was established under the management of an agronomist. ENVIRONAP bitumen geomembranes were introduced for environmental protection of groundwater and as a biogas protection barrier.

Strasbourg (France), 1992

Pierre GEISEN steps down and appoints his Grandson Pierre-Etienne BINDSCHEDLER as Presidend of SOPREMA.

Drummondville (Quebec), 1987

SOPREMA’s product lines continued to expand with the addition of watertight products for bridges that were first used in Quebec and then, in Alberta.

Drummondville (Quebec), 1984

SOPREMA opened a production facility in Drummondville, Quebec as public recognition of the quality of the SOPRALENE line continued to increase.

Drummondville (Quebec), 1982

SOPREMA introduced parking deck and foundation waterproofing products.

Alberta, 1981

Growing demand for airtightness in Canadian buildings created an opportunity for SOPREMA to take part in the development of building envelope products. Working with the National Research Council, SOPREMA developed an air/vapour barrier product called SOPRASEAL 180.

Quebec (Quebec), 1978

SOPREMA CANADA established with head office in Quebec.

1978

The Nort American waterproofing industry takes note of SOPREMA's technology. A Canadian division is created to introduce SOPRALENE to the continent. 

1975

The laboratory in Strasbourg developed the first line of SBS elastomeric bitumen waterproofing products called SOPRALENE.

1941

Pierre Geisen builds a new plant at Avignon.

1933

Pierre GEISEN, the founder's son, becomes President of SOPREMA.

1909 to 1967

Three plants opened in Europe to produce SOPREMA waterproofing products.

1909

The invention of MAMMOUTH : Pure intuition leads to the development of the landmark Mammouth waterproofing membrane. Charles Geisen wanted a material that was impermeable yet flexible, weather-resistant and safe to apply. He decided that burlap would be an ideal reinforcement, as retained all its properties after being dipped in hot bitumen. This is how MAMMOUTH was born!

Strasbourg (France), 1908

In 1908, in Strasbourg, France, Charles Geisen, a building materials trader, founded Les Usines Alsaciennes d’Émulsions. The following year, Mr. Geisen discovered a material that was impermeable, supple and easy to lay: a canvas that had been dipped in hot bitumen. As the finished product resembled the skin of an elephant, it was called "MAMMOUTH" (the French word for mammoth).