The History of Isola
Isola has remained committed to customer satisfaction since 1912.
We have grown both organically and through acquisitions since our founding in 1912, and we look forward to another century of innovation and growth. Read more about our company’s history below.
1912: Continentale Isola Werke, AG was established in Düren, Germany. The name “Isola” was derived from the German word for insulation (Isolierung) because the company’s first products were insulators utilizing the then-revolutionary Bakelite plastic technology.
1954: Rütgerswerke AG acquired a minority equity interest in Continentale Isola Werke, AG.
1956: Began production of copper-clad laminates and phenolic-paper laminates.
Early 1960s: Began production of copper-clad “epoxy resin based” laminates, the direct predecessors of today’s PCB laminate products.
1985: Rütgerswerke AG acquired the remaining equity interest.
1992: High-performance, High Tg laminate materials were added to the product line.
1999: The company’s geographic presence and product lines were expanded with the acquisition of Allied Signal’s laminate business.
2004: Our original sponsors established Isola Group by acquiring the assets of the Isola laminates business from Rütgerswerke AG.
2006: We acquired the assets of Polyclad Laminates, Inc. from Cookson Group, plc, which extended our product portfolio and expanded our presence in the growing Asian markets.