Zentia is a relatively new name in the construction industry, evolving from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions in November 2020. But our journey begins a long time ago. Discover our history.
Thomas Armstrong establishes the Armstrong Cork Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By 1891, it is the largest cork supplier in the world.
The Armstrong Cork Company decides to diversify its products. It constructs a new factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which will produce its first new offering – linoleum flooring.
Thomas Armstrong dies
He leaves behind an ambitious business that will continue to expand, providing vital products to the construction industry around the world.
John H McConnell
John H McConnell establishes Worthington Industries in Columbus, Ohio after spotting an opportunity for custom-processed steel. In 1976, it would generate $100 million in sales.
Team Valley, Gateshead
Armstrong World Industries opens a new manufacturing facility in Team Valley, Gateshead.
Both Armstrong World Industries and Worthington Industries enter the suspended ceiling space and begin manufacturing ceiling tiles and suspension grids.
Worthington Industries and Armstrong World Industries launch a joint venture – the Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE).
Team Valley, Gateshead
WAVE establishes a factory close to the existing Armstrong World Industries site on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead. It manufactures grids for suspended ceilings.
Armstrong World Industries EMEA sale
Armstrong World Industries, Inc, now trading on the New York Stock Exchange and generating annual net sales in the region of $2.8 billion, decides to sell its EMEA ceilings business to Knauf, including joint venture operations under WAVE.
The European Commission instructs Knauf to split its newly acquired business and create a competitor. Ceiling Solutions Ltd is created as a new legal entity.
Ceiling Solutions Ltd
Aurelius Equity Opportunities complete the acquisition of Ceiling Solutions Ltd, trading under the name Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, creating the UK’s market-leading provider of complete ceiling solutions.
New brand strategy
Ceiling Solutions Ltd introduces its new brand, Zentia, in Phase I of its new brand strategy. The business operates under a dual Armstrong-Zentia brand.
Zentia, evolved from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions
Zentia completes Phase II of its brand strategy and fully rebrands to Zentia, the UK’s market leader in complete ceiling solutions. Today we serve the UK and Ireland, Iberia, and the Baltics.