I like this image of a tree with a strong trunk, which grows new branches every year and where existing branches are becoming stronger.
Jean-Marie Emsens, grandson of the founder

Focussed diversification, both geographically and in terms of products epitomises our 100-year history.

1905

Alphonse Emsens founded Eternit and set up a fibre cement factory in Haren near Brussels. He acquired the license to use technology to manufacture flat sheets made from cement reinforced with fibres from the Austrian industrialist Ludwig Hatschek.

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1937

In the thirties, Eternit expanded internationally and set up branches in Europe. To safeguard overseas markets where the group was very active through exports, the company invested in Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). The year 1937 marked the foundation of Eternit Argentina.


1949

Reconstruction after World War II breathed new life into the building sector. Eternit prospered once more. Maintaining its investment policy. In 1949, the first cement factory was built in Africa (Congo).


1950

In 1950, Eternit brought its activities to Asia and built a fibre cement factory in Manila, the Philippines.

history EN product diversification

1957

After a period focussing on modernising tools and technologies, the company began to diversify and added plasterboard to the product portfolio. The company Gyproc was founded in Belgium.


1981

Promat, a German company producing passive fire protection solutions founded in 1958, was acquired in 1981.


1993

Ceramic tiles for floor and walls, manufactured and marketed in Latin America, became a new business segment. Ceramica San Lorenzo in Argentina joined the company.


2002

The use of asbestos was entirely banned from Etex’s production processes.


2003

All plastic activities were split from the building materials activities, giving birth to the company Aliaxis. All other activities related to building materials remained part of the group: Etex.


2011

Etex took over 80 % of the European and Latin American gypsum activities of the French group Lafarge. This marked one of the biggest acquisition in Etex’s history and led to the creation of Siniat, the brand under which plasterboard is manufactured and sold in Europe.


2013

Etex acquired the remaining 20 % of the gypsum business in Latin America and Europe. This step enabled us to play a major role in the dry construction market.


2016

To streamline the group’s portfolio, Etex sold the Latin America-based ceramics business to Mexican company Lamosa.


2017

At the end of the year, and to expand the group’s presence in dry construction, Etex acquired Spanish plasterboard company Pladur.


1905

Alphonse Emsens founded Eternit and set up a fibre cement factory in Haren near Brussels. He acquired the license to use technology to manufacture flat sheets made from cement reinforced with
fibres from the Austrian industrialist Ludwig Hatschek.

history EN map

1937

In the thirties, Eternit expanded internationally and set up branches in Europe. To safeguard overseas markets where the group was very active through exports, the company invested in Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). The year 1937 marked the foundation of Eternit Argentina.


1949

Reconstruction after World War II breathed new life into the building sector. Eternit prospered once more. Maintaining its investment policy. In 1949, the first cement factory was built in Africa (Congo).


1950

In 1950, Eternit brought its activities to Asia and built a fibre cement factory in Manila, the Philippines.

history EN product diversification

1957

After a period focussing on modernising tools and technologies, the company began to diversify and added plasterboard to the product portfolio. The company Gyproc was founded in Belgium.


1981

Promat, a German company producing passive fire protection solutions founded in 1958, was acquired in 1981.


1993

Ceramic tiles for floor and walls, manufactured and marketed in Latin America, became a new business segment. Ceramica San Lorenzo in Argentina joined the company.


2002

The use of asbestos was entirely banned from Etex’s production processes.


2003

All plastic activities were split from the building materials activities, giving birth to the company Aliaxis. All other activities related to building materials remained part of the group: Etex.


2011

Etex took over 80 % of the European and Latin American gypsum activities of the French group Lafarge. This marked one of the biggest acquisition in Etex’s history and led to the creation of Siniat, the brand under which plasterboard is manufactured and sold in Europe.


2013

Etex acquired the remaining 20 % of the gypsum business in Latin America and Europe. This step enabled us to play a major role in the dry construction market.


2016

To streamline the group’s portfolio, Etex sold the Latin America-based ceramics business to Mexican company Lamosa.


2017

At the end of the year, and to expand the group’s presence in dry construction, Etex acquired Spanish plasterboard company Pladur.


1905

Alphonse Emsens founded Eternit and set up a fibre cement factory in Haren near Brussels. He acquired the license to use technology to manufacture flat sheets made from cement reinforced with
fibres from the Austrian industrialist Ludwig Hatschek.

history EN map

1937

In the thirties, Eternit expanded internationally and set up branches in Europe. To safeguard overseas markets where the group was very active through exports, the company invested in Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). The year 1937 marked the foundation of Eternit Argentina.


1949

Reconstruction after World War II breathed new life into the building sector. Eternit prospered once more. Maintaining its investment policy. In 1949, the first cement factory was built in Africa (Congo).


1950

In 1950, Eternit brought its activities to Asia and built a fibre cement factory in Manila, the Philippines.

history EN product diversification

1957

After a period focussing on modernising tools and technologies, the company began to diversify and added plasterboard to the product portfolio. The company Gyproc was founded in Belgium.


1981

Promat, a German company producing passive fire protection solutions founded in 1958, was acquired in 1981.


1993

Ceramic tiles for floor and walls, manufactured and marketed in Latin America, became a new business segment. Ceramica San Lorenzo in Argentina joined the company.


2002

The use of asbestos was entirely banned from Etex’s production processes.


2003

All plastic activities were split from the building materials activities, giving birth to the company Aliaxis. All other activities related to building materials remained part of the group: Etex.


2011

Etex took over 80 % of the European and Latin American gypsum activities of the French group Lafarge. This marked one of the biggest acquisition in Etex’s history and led to the creation of Siniat, the brand under which plasterboard is manufactured and sold in Europe.


2013

Etex acquired the remaining 20 % of the gypsum business in Latin America and Europe. This step enabled us to play a major role in the dry construction market.


2016

To streamline the group’s portfolio, Etex sold the Latin America-based ceramics business to Mexican company Lamosa.


2017

At the end of the year, and to expand the group’s presence in dry construction, Etex acquired Spanish plasterboard company Pladur.