The new ’Decra roof concept’ was discovered when bituminous emulsion was sprayed on existing iron clad buildings as a camouflage and protective coating in the UK.
In New Zealand, Lou Fisher produced the first ‘Decramastic’ metal tile with bitumen coating. Stone chips were applied to the coating to prevent the sheets sticking together.
The first 10-pan tile was produced.
The first Decra interlocking profiles were made providing further strength to an already unique product.
The first Decra license was granted to a U.S company based in Florida.
Polytuil in Belgium commenced manufacture under licensed joint venture with the first purpose built plant to produce Decra® tiles in Europe, then under one trademark Decramastic.
Bituminous emulsion was replaced by an acrylic barrier coating system with improved weathering properties under Decrabond trademark.
Decra A/S in Denmark commenced manufacture as the second European licensee
A second company was founded in New-Zealand to meet the need for Decra-type tiles.
Responding to the increased demand from the market Metrotile sales operation start distributing stone coated pressed metal tiles in Europe
In Belgium, Tongeren Metrotile Europe was formed starting manufacturing tiles in a 1200 m2 manufacturing plant.
From 1200 m2 the plant in Belgium was expended to 7500 m2 and later to 13000 m2.
A Canadian company IKO, world’s largest family-owned manufacturers & exporters of roofing products see the potential and creates a joint venture between Metrotile Europe and IKO Europe.
After acquiring GERARD and Twintile brands our company became the world’s leading manufacturer of pressed metal rooftiles under the name RoofTG. (Roof Tile Group). By merging the operation lines in Belgium RoofTG built the largest factory of pressed metal tiles in the world.