Reinhold Romakowski founded a ceramic and wood processing company in 1948. The site of the original cabinet maker’s shop is also the current site of the company in Buttenwiesen, Swabia. By specializing in food preservation during its early years, the company laid the cornerstone for products which in some cases are still being made today. Among other products, the company made commercial refrigerators, communal refrigeration and freezing equipment, but with a focus on cold storage and freezer doors.
By 1962 the company introduced reconfigurable cold-store and deep freeze cells. This marked the beginning of panel production at the company.
In 1967 ROMA broke new ground by introducing the use of rigid polyurethane foam, revolutionizing the manufacturing process for structural insulating panels. This innovation allowed large sandwich panels to be manufactured equipped with the best insulating materials while offering many different options for designing and combining space units. This new process made sandwich panel use easier to adapt to customer requirements and thus ensured the future success of the company.
Thanks to the considerable demand for ROMA products, in 1973 the company decided to implement a completely new sandwich panel manufacturing process: The company began operating the world's first twin-belt system for manufacturing cold store and deep freeze elements. This increased annual output from 40,000 m2 to 400,000 m2.
Ever since, tailor-made commercial space solutions for various temperature specifications, customized and physiologically harmless surfaces, a wide range of colours and nearly unlimited panel lengths have made sandwich panel construction overwhelmingly successful.
ROMA expanded its business activities to international markets with customers in France and the Netherlands and more countries after that.
At the same time, the company continued to expand its main production facility and with its continuously growing product range evolved into a construction engineering panel maker for industrial and commercial buildings meeting the most stringent requirements.
New launch: ROMA quick-build insulation panel for walls - the switch to the new connection system with a double groove spring was rewarded by the market. This was followed a year later by the installation of a powder spray coating facility for doors, windows and accessories. The new ROMA rapid construction panel conquered numerous areas of application in refrigeration and deep-freeze technology.
The second double belt line laid the foundation for the further development of ROMA from a previously strong panel manufacturer for cold storage and freezer construction to a manufacturer of building construction panels for industrial and hall construction. This year ROMA also starts the production of roof panels.
Product launch: The new wall panel with concealed fastening was launched. It was the ideal solution for all customers who had high demands on the aesthetics and design of their facade. Combined with the likewise new micro-lined profiling, this look gave the facade a more homogeneous appearance. In addition, our office building was enlarged by an extension in 1995.
Sustainable management was already a major issue for us at that time: In 1997, a foam recycling plant was therefore installed at ROMA.
The continuous development of the product range for the now huge panel market was and is our constant endeavor. And so, in 2008, we again decided to expand our production. With an investment volume of around € 35 million, we simultaneously built the third polyurethane double belt line and a fourth line for the production of mineral wool panels.
In terms of panels, ROMA was now well equipped for the future. Now it was also necessary to continue the expansion of our classic products. Therefore, the new construction and commissioning of plant 2 for the production of cold and deep-freeze rooms, test climate chambers, doors and accessory products took place in 2014.
Just a few years later, it was already clear that the efforts had paid off: 2019 was a record year at plant 2. We exceeded the €5 million hurdle for the first time.
In addition, the MIWO roof was newly introduced in 2019. These panels were increasingly in demand due to increased fire and sound insulation requirements, so ROMA decided to include mineral wool as a new insulation material in the program.
ROMA is making an important contribution to environmental protection and improving its CO₂ footprint by installing a PV system on the roof of plant 2. The photovoltaic system can feed up to 550 kW into ROMA's power grid for its own consumption. Surpluses go into the public grid. A further PV system at plant 1 is already being planned.
Millions of euros in further capital investment and the innovative developments demonstrate how ROMA, as a single-course supplier, is now systematically pursuing the goal of meeting industry demand for specialized insulating panels, doors and accessories. This is a challenge we enjoy meeting each day. So everything fits.