About Us

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Schönox was founded over 125 years ago in Germany and is active in over 20 countries worldwide. Here in North America, the marketing, support, and business development of Schönox is led by Thomas Trissl, no stranger to the flooring industry. Thomas founded Centiva in 1996 developing the business for 17 years before selling the company to flooring-powerhouse Tarkett. Soon thereafter, Thomas formed HPS North America, and alongside Schönox, began bringing its products to the North American market under the name HPS Schönox. He understood the profound need for strong subflooring solutions in the industry. The relationship with Schönox was hardly a new one. Thomas and his family’s flooring installation business in Germany have used Schönox products for many decades.

Schönox and Thomas Trissl share a commitment to the flooring industry and the relationships that make things happen. There is a clear difference between making a statement and delivering on a promise. Schönox has built its brand name internationally by delivering on its promises on a daily basis. Similarly, Thomas has built his reputation by valuing each relationship as a partnership and an opportunity for businesses to grow together.

Now, Schönox and Thomas are reaching out across North America to further distribution and in depth support for Schönox products. The focus on North America is all the more appropriate for Thomas given that he established Centiva’s manufacturing in the US at a time when the industry norm was movement to overseas production. These days with Schönox are feeling a lot more like an entrepreneurial start-up company, albeit with a 100 plus year old company supporting every move. The opportunities have never been greater.

Thomas Trissl

HPS North America headquartered in Florence, Alabama.

125 years of flooring experience

Schönox manufacturers the highest quality primers & moisture mitigation systems, repair products, floor leveling compounds, adhesives, and water proofing materials. A large research and development team is always at work developing solutions to the most challenging subfloor issues.

The success of Schönox is measured each day by the ability of each product to meet a customer’s need. In North America, HPS Schönox is introducing the products, managing distribution, and providing wide ranging technical support in the field.

While Schönox may be a new name in North America, the company is over 125 years old and active in twenty countries. Our product solutions are finding strong success in all facets of the flooring industry, with answers to subfloor issues that until now would have been answered with more costly and time consuming options.

We’re glad you asked. Schönox provides solutions to challenging subfloor issues with a full line of primers, repair mortars, floor leveling compounds, and adhesives. Put simply, we solve subfloor problems.
Good Decisions depend on the information available to you. Whether you are renovating a room, a wing, or a facility, you want to know that your product selections are environmentally responsible and will perform well. Schönox produces primers, repair products, floor leveling compounds, adhesives, and waterproofing materials that can successfully take damaged, uneven subfloors through to finished floors ready for use. Allow us to brief you on the key aspects of Schönox that will inform your decisions and provide you with a better way to complete subfloor projects.

Schönox has been certified according to Quality standard ISO 9001 since 1995 and according to Environmental management standard ISO 14001 since 1999. In addition it supports the initiative Responsible Care of Chemical Industry (www.vci.de).

Quality and product stewardship

Our assortment of goods stands out due to innovative system solutions, at the same time taking into account ecological aspects. Being a member of the Gemeinschaft Emissionskontrollierte Verlegewerkstoffe (GEV), we offer a complete array of very low-emission glues according to EMICODE EC1 (www.emicode.com). For many years we have been generating more than 90% of our turnover in the case of floor glues with very low-emission products. Furthermore, all of the products manufactured by Schönox are low-chromate according to EU-RL 2003/53/EC.

Raw materials

Product stewardship begins with purchasing raw materials. In agreement with the Responsible Care and Product Stewardship initiatives, a system for avoiding and eliminating critical substances was implemented in AkzoNobel in 1996. Within the framework of suppliers’ assessment, the quality, environment and security standards of our suppliers undergo annual monitoring in order to minimise possible risks in advance.

Environmental protection

Since the implementation of our integrated management systems, we have recorded major success in respect of environmental protection. Today, product-integrated environmental protection and a more and more energy-efficient production process take centre stage in our activities. Environmental protection in Schönox focuses on:

  • preventive environmental protection;
  • saving resources (raw materials, energy and water); and
  • waste avoidance.

New – Now and Tomorrow

Every day, we are doing research in the field and in our laboratories developing better products, improved solutions, and new ideas. Our driving course is to never stand still with innovation.

Shared Experiences

We are in the field every day working with the people who make flooring projects happen. Our objective is to support our customers from initial project consultation through the execution of the work and on to the next opportunity working together step by step with our customers.

Transparent Products and Practices

We want our customers, associates, and stakeholders to have all of the information that they need about our products and operations to make informed decisions. A clear view of what we do and how we do it is at the heart of what we offer.

Hands On

Our hands get dirty. We want to be at the job site making sure customers have what they need, following up on details, and helping to solve problems.

Strong Values that get Strong Results

At the end of the day, we show who we are by what we do and accomplish. And that value depends on the results that are achieved for the customer.

Green Beyond Words

State of the art these days should mean that products are environmentally responsible and sustainable. The public is leery of claims. We create products that cut through the rhetoric and deliver on environmental promises.

Agility with Purpose

Customers need speed, but they also need that speed to produce results. We react to the needs of customers quickly and with acute focus.

Access for Impact

We ensure that customers have the information that they need and the ability to impact the company with their feedback. Customers have the ability to consult with associates that have varied competencies and skill sets throughout the organization.

Listening. Learning. Teaching.

We learn from and assist customers by visiting with them, looking at their job sites, and hearing about their challenges first hand. We want to share our knowledge about making projects successful, doing more in less time and doing it better.

An Enduring Legacy

Our products are made to last. We fix problems. We provide solutions. And we do all of this with the understanding that every project completed, every problem solved, and every solution provided builds a legacy in our brand name. That legacy is more important to us than any short term gain.