|The UK Arm Of IBG Construction Chemicals
Kemper System Ltd is the UK subsidiary of the German company Kemper System GmbH & Co. KG, the liquid waterproofing and surfacing arm of IBG Construction Chemicals group of companies - a multinational waterproofing and coatings business with operations across Europe, North America and the Far East.
The huge resource and experience of IBG Construction Chemicals portfolio combined with extensive knowledge and expertise has made Kemper System one of the UK's leading waterproofing and surfacing companies, supplying specialist products and materials to the construction industry for use in repair, renewal or new-build.
|World's Leading Waterproofing System
Kemperol, the world's leading cold liquid-applied waterproofing system with over 50 years proven performance in the most demanding applications, is now available in both traditional and solvent-free formulations. More
|Installed by Trained specialists
Kemper products are installed by specialist, trained contractors using materials and systems that have been independently tested and certified to the most rigorous performance standards. More
|Whatever the Project
Waterproofing... surfacing... coating - whatever the project Kemper offer dedicated solutions that are purpose-designed for the task. Working with specifiers and engineers we offer total support from design through to completion. More
Kemper System - How It All Began
The 1960’s marked an economic boom decade in the Federal Republic of Germany and industrial production exploded beyond all expectations.
The flat roof had become the standard for industrial buildings for reasons of cost, but the waterproofing materials at that time lacked the level of performance required.
Expansion joints, details and junctions proved to be especially vulnerable to problems.
Structural movements and the diverse behaviour of different materials very quickly led to cracks in the waterproofing. Moisture began to penetrate and threaten the hitherto untroubled manufacturing operations - Issues which are not uncommon in the 21st Century.
In 1969 Volkswagen approached the innovative entrepreneur and founder of Kemper System, Dr Heinz Kemper, to find a solution to the apparently insoluble problem of leaking flat roofs that they had suffered from for a decade at their works in Baunatal, near Kassel in Germany.
Having already completed various contracts for VW he accepted the challenge immediately as he recognised the enormous economic potential.
Development of Structural Liquid Waterproofing
Dr Kemper had already used polyester for internal waterproofing measures. He now started testing ways of making polyester flexible.
He was looking for a permanently elastic material that could accommodate stresses in the substrate and compensate for structural movements without tearing and without becoming brittle.
After many disappointments, the 210th test finally proved successful and that first liquid waterproofing material has retained its unspectacular, technical designation to this day: Kemperol V210.
Since 1969 when Kemperol V210 was first used at VW more than 300,000sqm of roof surface have been waterproofed with Kemperol at the Baunatal factory.
It has been particularly effective in areas where ponding occurs owing to inadequate falls and continues to perform effectively to this day.