Since our founding as a family company in 1927, the NBK Architectural Terracotta name has been synonymous with Façade innovation and collaboration within the architectural community. Throughout our history, NBK’S philosophy has remained the same – our motto “progress through diversity”. Outstanding architecture thrives on creativity, pushing boundaries and having the courage to implement new concepts in design.
In 2007, NBK joined the Hunter Douglas Group. This exciting new partnership has enabled us to invest in new international facilities and support architects on a global scale.
Dedicated to Innovation
Key to our success is our passion and dedication to research and development which has made NBK the leading Terracotta Façade company in the market today.
Our strength is our ability to develop innovative, high performance terracotta facades which can be found on some of the world’s most recognizable buildings. At our Research and Development laboratories around the world we constantly experiment and test new materials, firing techniques and production methods to ensure our products meet exacting project requirements for design and performance.
NBK collaborates with architects and designers to move their projects to the forefront of sustainable building.
Awards such as the German Façade Prize acknowledge the exceptional performance, innovation and passion at NBK making a significant contribution to new dimensions for contemporary architecture.
Innovative Working Together
At NBK, innovation is at the core of our culture. Our continued success comes from the talented people who research, develop and market our innovative products and services.
Our people are driven by a desire and passion to produce high-value products and services that exude superior quality, design and performance. From engineers and designers to material experts and marketers, NBK’s people share a determination to deliver world-class solutions.
We are thankful to have a longstanding culture that attracts and retains talented, committed and entrepreneurial men and women providing them challenging growth opportunities to develop their skills in our business. Their commitment is the key ingredient to our continued growth and success.
Our people are flexible, self-starters with open minds. They are practical, realistic and they know their business in every detail. They are passionate about learning and work hard to get things done and most of all they value relationships – with our customers and each other.
The character and creativity of over 150 employees worldwide have built the dynamic and entrepreneurial company that we are today.
Collaboration is at the core of our philosophy, working with architects to realise their boldest vision through material innovation, design collaboration, creating new forms, technologies and approaches to architectural design.
Architects and designers from around the world trust our unmatched product development, service and support.
Whether they are working to meet LEED requirements, solve unique architectural challenges, or are in search of a precisely customised solution, NBK delivers outstanding, high-performance Architectural Terracotta with proprietary characteristics in design, comfort, and sustainability.
Uncompromising Quality, Design and Performance
High quality, durability, performance and design versatility are just some of the characteristics that have made NBK Terracotta the material of choice for architects around the world.
Terracotta facades with eco-friendly and energy efficient properties are as much in demand today as they were in the past.
Recognised by renowned architects, the NBK TERRART®-System with its patented TERRART®-FLEX substructure has been used to implement spectacular projects recognized by critics as urban milestones.
The innovative, high quality TERRART system is an ideal product for restoring and reconstructing old building façades as well as constructing new buildings and fully exceeds modern building demands.
Traditional knowledge passed on and refined over centuries combined with cutting edge manufacturing techniques and traditional craft methods have created NBK Terracotta Façade panels that blend urban tradition and materials with the latest technology in ventilated façades. NBK products offer uncompromising quality, design, performance and durability.
By integrating the fields of “quality, environmental protection, energy efficiency and security” into the company objectives, we are ensuring that our company will stay competitive for the long term and are thus significantly supporting sustainable growth.
The methodology and principles of these key areas are reflected in all services – such as consulting, operation, generation and supply from media to comprehensive services on the basis of continuous improvement.
Our management policy is based on the following principles:
All activities are focused on the customer. We therefore offer permanent contact persons with specialist expertise. Our customers demand the highest quality and forward-looking services with simultaneous integration of environmental protection, energy efficiency and occupational and plant safety.
Cooperation with suppliers:
Suppliers’ cooperation in the value creation process is a major factor for the quality of our products. The minimisation of harmful effects on the environment and of increased energy use and compliance with occupational health and safety standards also play a key role. We achieve this with long-term, trusting and cooperative partnership.
We can only manufacture high-quality products while implementing active, effective environmental protection, the efficient use of energy, health protection, good energy efficiency and occupational and plant safety if our employees are motivated. With regular consultation, training and education, employees’ awareness is raised at all levels so that they can act in a competent and responsible manner. We require all managers to perform their management duties and fulfil their role model function conscientiously, and to support employees with regard to continuous improvement and the attainment of targets for quality, environmental protection, energy and occupational safety.
Regulations and other requirements:
Compliance with all legal obligations, local requirements, relevant standards and agreements with authorities and business partners is a matter of course for us.
The objective is to continuously improve the quality of our products, environmental protection, energy efficiency, occupational safety and plant safety in our company. Compliance with regulatory requirements is ensured by the regular definition of targets and measures, meetings, system audits and management reviews.
From its headquarters in Emmerich on the Lower Rhine, NBK Architectural Terracotta runs an international operation with representatives and branches in many different countries around the world. As a member of the Hunter Douglas Group, we have free and full access to the sales and distribution structures of this global player, providing us with direct networking and great closeness to our markets and, therefore, to our customers worldwide. Our own branch in Portugal also delivers direct access to important shipping routes and thus to sales regions overseas. With our newly opened production plant near Shanghai, we now also have a presence in the Asian market that will provide us with the means to selectively and carefully exploit the potential of this region.
Germany – parent plant and production site Emmerich am Rhein.
Portugal – production site in Figueira de Foz near Lisbon.
USA – sales and business operations office for the United States in Marblehead near Boston.
China – subsidiary with production site for Asia in Shanghai.