Success factor: rubber "Made in Germany"

From Weinheim into the big wide world: nora systems GmbH can point to more than 70 years of expertise in manufacturing top-quality rubber products. The story of the company's success started in 1938, with the production of shoe soles. In the 21st century, innovative designs and sustainable system solutions stand at the centre of the company's development.


Award-winning designs

With norament crossline, noraplan unita and noraplan sentica, the company brought three rubber floor coverings with unusual designs onto the market in 2011 and 2012. norament crossline, with its 3D-structure was developed exclusively for nora systems by internationally renowned designer Lars Contzen. Thanks to its innovative combination of rubber and granite chip materials, noraplan unita was awarded the red dot design award 2012. The particular focus of noraplan sentica is its harmonious colour system, which was developed by an international team of experts.

norament 926 crossline


Safety with system

Since 2010, the company has been the only supplier on the market offering a floor covering system whose components are properly matched, which is oriented toward sustainability and which has been certified by TÜV Rheinland: nora system blue. nora system blue combines low-emission nora rubber floor-coverings with low-emission installation materials. All the system components carry the "Blue Angel" label, and have been tested as a complete system. Qualified installation companies offer additional security for our customers.

nora system blue installation training


Acting responsibly

Environmental protection, sustainability, and healthy living have long been core elements of the company orientation at nora systems. nora products are internationally certified and are regularly tested by independent institutes. Since 2006, nora floor coverings have carried the "Blue Angel... for low emissions" label. nora systems is a founder member of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). To date it is the only manufacturer of resilient floor coverings that can refer to its EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14025.

Federal Environmental Agency, Dessau, Sauerbruch-Hutton in 2005


Global expansion

nora opens up international growth markets. After a few years, the company has already developed a global presence through its own representatives (e.g. in the USA and China) and through export partners in approximately 50 countries. In 2012, nora systems is active in more than 80 countries. In 16 of these it has its own distribution organisations.

nora is represented worldwide by branch offices or export partners


The pastille steps onto the architectural stage

The production of floor covering tiles with the famous embossed nubs starts. Its use at Frankfurt Airport (1969-72) helps the design to its breakthrough. A brilliant green is added to the nora range in 1975. This special colour was developed for an office building in Ipswich, UK, at the request of the famous architect Sir Norman Foster.

Around 40 years of service: norament at Frankfurt Airport


The beginning of floor covering production

The first strips of rubber floor covering were produced on an old vulcanising machine. The new product was named after the inventor of the rubber formulation, the chemist Dr Nürnberger (Latin: noribergensis). The rubber coverings are resistant to glowing cigarette ends, and are generally almost indestructible. And that brings the first great success: from 1950 on, the US Army uses the floor covering from Weinheim for its barracks in Germany.

Manufacture of blanks for marbled noraplan floorings


Rubber shoe soles

Since the middle ages, leather has been tanned and worked in Weinheim. Even gaskets for the rapidly expanding motor-vehicle industry were first made of leather. In the 1930s, however, it became clear that rubber was a more suitable material, and it also found rapid acceptance in other fields, including shoe manufacture: in 1938, shoe soles of vulcanised rubber kicked off the nora systems success story.

Removing the shoe soles after vulcanisation