SAS International Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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The world’s leading manufacturer of acoustic ceiling solutions, SAS International, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – a remarkable achievement that is testament to the company’s commitment to innovation investment and world-class engineering.

SAS International was founded in 1968 by Eddie McElhinney who initially ran the business from his front room. All he needed was a telephone, a typewriter and the vision to change the face of performance ceiling specification from mineral to metal. Fast forward 50 years and the company operates international offices and factories supplying the most architecturally renowned projects globally.

To honour the landmark 50th anniversary, events have been held at each of SAS’s four sites in the UK, with the final SASFest taking place at the Reading head office at Suttons Business Park, where SAS has been a major employer for the past 40 years. To further celebrate the 50th anniversary, the company has also launched a social media campaign on the @sasinternational Instagram account with the hashtag #50at50. The campaign gradually showcases 50 most notable projects which have helped shaped the legacy of SAS.

 Our 50th birthday gives us a great excuse to celebrate all our achievements with the people that make it happen – our brilliant employees,” said Siobhan McElhinney, Chairman of SAS International . “We are all incredibly proud of what SAS represents – a UK manufacturer which employs people right across the UK and beyond, and works on the most prestigious buildings all over the world. The pioneering spirit of our employees has led us to great success and SASFest gave us a chance to recognise this”.

Best known for its award-winning metal ceiling systems, its interior products can be seen in landmark projects worldwide including the RIBA Stirling prize winning Bloomberg European HQ, Muscat International Airport in Oman, Barangaroo South in Sydney and the new Kowloon MTR underground station in Hong Kong.

Commenting on future growth plans for SAS International, McElhinney added: “The demand from clients, developers and their architectural teams is for ever more complex solutions – whether it is for integration of services, new aesthetics and materials or prioritising sustainability. SAS remains committed to delivering those solutions, working with client teams from day one and delivering exceptional results for our customers.  Our international opportunities increase every year as we experience strong demand for our products in Europe, USA and Australia.”

With ongoing investment in manufacturing facilities and processes along with continued international growth, the company hopes to follow 50 years of success with 50 more.