At the core of Uponor is its plastic pipe operations, some 55% of sales, to be precise. The group is a global supplier of plumbing and heating systems for residential and commercial buildings. It also supplies pipe systems to utilities in the Nordic region and is a leading supplier of PEX plastic pipe. In Europe and North America it provides radiant underfloor heating systems and plastic-aluminum and all-plastic tap water systems. Uponor sells ice- and snow-melting equipment and soil and turf conditioning systems for sports fields. The company is divided into regional divisions: North, South and West Europe; Central and Eastern Europe; Uponor Nordic; and Uponor North America.
In keeping with its plan to unify its global presence under one brand, the group consolidated its operations (including the Wirsbo, Unipipe, and Ecoflex systems brands) under the Uponor name in 2006. The company sold its UK and Irish infrastructure business to 3i Group in 2008. The divested business mostly served the gas and water utilities sector. Uponor also sold its non-core gravity sewer pipe business in Germany and the Czech Republic in 2008.
Also that year, as new building and construction slowed down, Uponor took several cost cutting measures, including reducing staff at several facilities and closing its Canadian plant.
Uponor is working to grow its business of providing heating and cooling systems inside high-rise buildings. The company also plans to grow in countries such as France and Italy, as well as focus on developing new products and services for renovation and modernization.
Uponor's roots date back to 1918 when Aukusti Asko-Avonius founded a carpentry workshop in Lahti, Finland. – less