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TICA – Thermal Insulation Contractors Association


TICA has been representing its members in the industrial and commercial insulation sector since 1957.

Through quality training and best practice, we are committed to ensuring a highly skilled workforce and an industry fully equipped to provide ever increasing energy efficiency

TICA staff are based at The National Training Centre in Darlington.

The administrative, training and assessment teams are supported by external advisors in HR and legal, accounts and communications.

TICA is accountable to the National Joint Council and Governing Council through Chief Executive, Marion Marsland.

TICA is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive working environment for our staff, and an excellent teaching and learning experience for our learners. We aspire that staff are equally valued and respected, and learners are encouraged to progress and succeed. As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and learners. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our learners and staff.

For more information, please click on the logos to the right or view our sponsors below.

Our sponsors

Belgrade Insulation Ltd

Belgrade Insulation is a specialist distributor of Insulation and accessory products to the Thermal Insulation contracting market. The company is a supplier member of TICA and has been pleased to support a number of initiatives including funding for tools at the training centre.

The company operates from four branches: Leeds (Head Office), Glasgow, Birmingham and Northampton.

All branches hold stocks of mineral fibre pipe sections, duct, slab and lamella mat together with a comprehensive range of phenolic pipe sections and board. Full product detail including all accessory products is in a Technical Insulation Price Guide that can be downloaded from our web site.

Strategically located for easy motorway access, together with a varied vehicle fleet, all branches provide the service needed by contractors; even to the smallest site!

The company has been established for nearly forty years but was acquired from the founder in 2010 by a new management team of Insulation professionals with many years experience of distribution and manufacturing. This understanding of the market means the team appreciates the absolute need for deliveries on time and in full.

We are pleased to support TICA initiatives and would welcome approaches from contractors who may not yet have called us!

SIG Technical Insulation

SIG Technical Insulation is a leading distributor in thermal insulation products. Part of the European materials group, SIG plc, our network of branches is strategically situated throughout the UK.

We service a variety of industries and applications including petrochemical plants, power stations, offshore oil platforms, marine, refractory furnaces, public sector developments, domestic pipework and construction projects.

SIG Technical Insulation specialise in thermal insulants for Industrial Processes, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Refractory/High Temperature applications and Fire Protection.

At SIG Technical Insulation, we are committed to ensuring that our customers consistently receive the very best service. From the moment you make your phone call to one of our professional sales people, we will give your enquiry our top priority.

Our fully trained staff can provide the solutions to your specialist application problems. We guarantee a high level of impartial technical back up and after sales service, and strive to offer value for money with the most competitive prices.

Our national 19 branch network, ex-stock availability and efficient scheduling ensures you get delivery of your products exactly when and where you want them -no matter how large or small your consignment – to anywhere in the UK.

Encon Insulation

Encon Insulation is the UK’s leading independent distributor of thermal, acoustic and fire protection insulation and related products. For over 30 years, Encon has been a key player in the supply chain, delivering insulation products and accessories to the HVAC, Process and Power Generation markets. Operating from a national network of 20 branches, we continue to provide a first class service to the industry. Encon holds full ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 certification and is fully compliant with mandatory CE marking obligations for distributors.

Our core values of outstanding customer service and specialist & knowledgeable staff are at the heart of ensuring great service and value to all our customers. Our in-house training facility, The Encon Academy, has delivered 420 training days in the last 12 months.


ISOVER is part of the Saint-Gobain group, leader in the design, production and distribution of materials for construction, industrial and consumer markets. ISOVER is the specialist in insulation within the group.

With a presence in over 50 countries and a workforce of almost 200,000 employees, the group’s global reach allows ISOVER to draw on unrivalled technological and financial resources to meet the changing needs of customers and communities in the 21st century.

The ongoing rise in energy prices as well as the growing concerns to protect the environment keep underlining the urgent need to reduce energy losses and CO2 emissions. ISOVER Technical Insulation, a specialized branch of ISOVER activities, offers innovative and sustainable solutions for thermal, fire and sound protection for all technical markets such as:

  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning)
  • Industry
  • Marine & Offshore
  • OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

Our technical excellence and global leadership in mineral wool insulation is recognised worldwide, but it is only part of the story. Our success is the result of the vision, values and culture of ISOVER teams on a global scale, a strong belief in the importance of developing products to create a better, more comfortable world.

Isover is also proud to be an affiliate member of TICA and sponsor the training academy with materials on an ongoing basis.


Kingspan Group

Kingspan Industrial Insulation is a market leading manufacturer of premium performance pipe insulation products and systems for use in the commercial, public and industrial sectors.

Its cutting-edge Kooltherm® FM Pipe Insulation offers thermal conductivities as low as 0.025 W/m·K andhas a Euroclass rating of BL -s1,d0. The product is the only dedicated pipe insulation to be awarded the BRE’s highest possible Green Guide Rating of A+ along with an LABC Registered Detail and Warranty. It is also available as a free BIM object from the BIMStore.

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Kingspan Industrial Insulation introduced slotted technology to complement its award winning continuous pipeline manufacturing process. These low waste production processes creates a range of fully bore coated products for pipe sizes from 15 to 610 mm.

Kingspan Industrial Insulation also offers Kooltherm® Insulated Pipe Support Inserts and Kooltherm® FireSleeves, providing a single compliant insulation solution for pipework operating between -50°C and +110°C.

The company is dedicated to providing the highest levels of technical support for its pipe insulation products and systems and offers a free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service, along with Premier and Premier Plus Services, delivering clear advice and guidance at every stage in a project.

For further information please contact


Paroc Group

Paroc Group is an international stone wool insulation producer. Headquartered in Finland, the common language used in company is English. All products are CE marked. Our last UK customer survey reported that Paroc has the highest quality products and a superior delivery process.

Paroc stone wool is an excellent fire insulation material, with a high softening temperature of over 1000°C, and fire rating a non-combustible Euroclass A1 or A2.

Paroc HVAC insulation is Green Guide rated A+ or A, and the extent of our responsible sourcing can be shown. Paroc also exclusively offers the highly regarded Icerock Ductwrap and Ductslab products into the UK HVAC market.

Paroc offers energy efficient solutions for all parts of the Industrial processes. We offer a unique collection of pipe section variations including Lock, Double Layer, Bends and Segment packs – alongside a comprehensive range of slabs and wired mats.

Paroc Marine and Offshore insulation is also made of stone wool and developed for the needs of the modern shipbuilding and offshore industry. Our products have been tested in various A-class and H-class deck and bulkhead constructions and in numerous fire door and panel constructions.

For further information please contact Craig Treanor, Technical Support Manager


Armacell is the world leading manufacturer of flexible insulation foams for HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration applications and thermal-acoustic systems for industrial process facilities.

Armacell is the world leading manufacturer of flexible insulation foams for HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration applications and thermal-acoustic systems for industrial process facilities.

Headquartered in Münster, Germany, the Armacell group has approximately 2,200 employees and 22 factories in 15 countries. In addition to Armaflex, the leading brand in the field of flexible technical insulation, the company also produces the Tubolit range of thermoplastic insulation materials, covering systems, fire protection and noise control products.

Closed cell thermal insulation products such as AF/Armaflex Class O manufactured in the UK, provide superior long-term thermal efficiency and excellent resistance to moisture ingress, meaning no separate water vapour barrier is required on chilled pipework applications.

Armaflex flexible insulation materials also have the advantage of being easy to cut to shape when fabricating fittings to insulate valves, vessels, pumps and tanks. The Armaflex application guide provides instructions for various tube, sheet and ductwork insulation system requirement. Armaflex products are also available to meet the demands of low smoke, high temperature, solar, marine and rail industry specifications.

In addition, a range of compatible covering and high performance noise control systems are available to meet the ISO 15665 specification for acoustic insulation of industrial and process pipework.

Rockwell Technical Insulation

ROCKWOOL® Technical Insulation – a subsidiary of the ROCKWOOL International Group – develops innovative technical insulation solutions for the process industry and the shipbuilding & offshore market.

Through our two product lines: ProRox and SeaRox, we offer a full spread of products and systems guaranteeing the highest possible thermal, acoustical, firesafe and energy efficient insulation of all technical installations. Our more than 75 years of experience is reflected in a complete set of high grade ROCKWOOL stone wool products & solutions as well as expert advice. Today, our dedicated and technically experienced people remain fully committed to providing the very best service and tools in the market.

Should you require related information for your specific application or have you any technical queries, please contact our sales department or visit our website

We share our knowledge to your advantage. The ROCKWOOL Group is the word’s leading supplier of innovative products and systems based on stone wool, improving the environment and the quality of live for millions of people. The Group is amongst the global leaders in the insulation industry with products and solutions for all major applications for both residential and non-residential buildings.


In the mid-1940s, FOAMGLAS® Insulation was introduced in the U.S.A. Because of a growing global demand for the product, Pittsburgh Corning expanded its presence into Europe with a large Belgian manufacturing facility in 1965.

Since then, an additional factory has been added in Europe. The U.S. manufacturing has included an acquisition in 2005 and significant capacity improvements. In addition, Pittsburgh Corning Asia has become an important part of the company’s operations in response to global demands of our industrial clientele. Pittsburgh Corning expects to open its new ultramodern FOAMGLAS® manufacturing facility in northern China in late 2015.

Through 75 years, Pittsburgh Corning has evolved into a leading global manufacturer of innovative and technically advanced FOAMGLAS® cellular glass insulation for the industrial, commercial and building markets. Its sustainable products conserve energy, protect the environment, and have improved the lives of millions of people.

With its FOAMGLAS® cellular glass insulation, Pittsburgh Corning has earned a reputation for creating high-performance, premium quality, environmentally sustainable insulation systems. The company’s unique insulation products provide superior protection and energy conservation in a wide range of applications surrounding the commercial building envelope, on HVAC systems, industrial process piping and equipment and supporting oil and gas storage tanks.

Knauf Insulation

With more than 30 years of experience in the insulation industry, Knauf Insulation represents one of the fastest growing and most respected names in insulation worldwide.

Manufacturing rock mineral wool, glass mineral wool and extruded polystyrene products with a turnover of over €1.4 billion and has over 5,500 employees in more than 35 countries and more than 40 manufacturing sites in 15 countries.

Knauf Insulation have invested heavily in Technical Solutions products over the last 5 years, upgrading its Novi Marof plant in Croatia with state of the art pipe section and wired mat manufacturing facility to supply both the HVAC and Industrial markets in the UK , throughout Europe and beyond.

This compliments a recent investment to Queensferry; North Wales where a new comprehensive range of CE marked Industrial slabs are manufactured to EN14303 along with the existing Klima Duct Board KDB033 and Rocksilk Pyroduct.

Klima Duct Roll KDR033 is manufactured at St. Helens plant.

Both Klima Duct products are manufactured with the revolutionary ECOSE® Technology and have a Green Guide Rating of A+. The UK Sales responsibility is headed up by John Hutchison, who has over 30 years’ experience within the market, backed up by 10 Area Sales Managers nationwide.

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TICA Head Office:
TICA House, 34 Allington Way,
Darlington, DL1 4QB

Contact Us

Call:  01325 466 704