When Eberhard Schöck started a small construction business near Baden-Baden, Southern Germany, in 1962, he could not have known how well his motto "Never get stuck in the old way of doing things would serve him. Today, the company has revenues of 100 million Euros and markets products across 34 countries out of 18 locations worldwide.
The business focus at Schöck has always been on developing products which help simplify the building process on construction sites. More recently, the emphasis has also been on producing products that meet and exceed energy and sound insulation standards.
Although there is now a widely diverse portfolio of applications, the flagship product remains the Isokorb®. A load-bearing, thermally efficient range of insulation elements, that prevents cold bridging at balcony and other cantilever connections.
Two new products in the range underpin Schöcks design capability. The latest generation concrete-to-concrete connection, the type KXT, is now certificated for "low thermal bridge construction" from the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt. It allows cantilevered balconies to be connected to Passivhaus structures and offers architects a new level of design freedom. The new type R Isokorb®, used primarily for balcony connectivity involving refurbishment and renovation projects, is also certificated from the Passivhaus Institute.
To tie-in with the anniversary celebrations this summer, a museum was officially opened at the Schöck Baden-Baden headquarters, to celebrate the lifetime achievement of founder Eberhard Schöck and his wife Sabine. The occasion was attended by hundreds of guests from commerce, politics and the Eberhard Schöck Foundation; along with family, business partners and past and present employees.
With input from architects, museum professionals and specialists in historic research, the museum, with its theme "50 years of Schöck - 50 years of Innovation" has themed multimedia stations, sound stations, and numerous product examples which allow visitors to explore the colourful history of the company since the very beginning.