Thermix: The pioneer of a new generation of spacers turns 25

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In 1993, the world's first co-extruded spacer profile for the Warm Edge of insulating glazing was launched.

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Thermix: The pioneer of a new generation of spacers turns 25
In the last 50 years, the average UW value of windows in Germany has improved by around 75 percent - from 4.7 W/(m2K) or worse to 1.1 W/(m2K) or better. Highly insulating spacers such as Thermix from the plastics specialist Ensinger have contributed to the sustainable increase in energy efficiency and living comfort achieved by modern insulating glazing.

A material mix of plastic co-extruded with metal gave the new thermally optimised insulating glass spacer its name: Thermix. The company of the same name was founded by Georg Greubel, a resourceful glass expert from Altshausen near Ravensburg, in 1993. And as early as 1994, series production was commenced by its development partner Ensinger, who ultimately completely acquired Thermix in 1997. The plastics specialist was already known in the sector for the insulbar insulating profiles for the thermal separation of metal frames of windows, doors and façades, which it had launched in 1977.

One thing was clear: The demands of customers and legislators in relation to the thermal insulation of buildings would increase further along with the energy prices. Since the end of the 1970s, hardly any single-glazed windows, double casement windows or coupled windows have been produced in Germany. Insulating glass has dominated. In addition, its thermal advantages have improved thanks to coatings and inert gas in the space between the panes. One weak point persisted into the 1990s, however, namely the thermal bridge in the edge bond of the ...



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