Our history

IKO Metals Europe are proud of their heritage as suppliers of premium roofing products for more than 60 years. We are the innovator in the area of coated, pressed metal roof tiles.

In 1957 the prototype of Metrotile’s stone coated pressed metal tile Decramastic was developed by AHI Roofing, the predecessor of IKO Metals Europe. This makes IKO Metals Europe the first manufacturer of these innovating roofing tiles.

IKO Metals Europe is  the largest manufacturer of coated pressed metal roof tiles in the world. We continue to lead the industry in our segment. Would you like to know more about our rich history? Please read below the major milestones from the 1940-s to today.

See whats changed over the last 75+ years

  • 1940

    The birth of a roofing revolution

    The new ’stone coated metal roofing tile concept’ was discovered when bituminous emulsion was sprayed on existing iron clad buildings as a camouflage and protective coating in the UK.

  • 1957

    The first metal tile prototype.

    In New Zealand, Lou Fisher produced the first ‘Decramastic’ metal tile with bitumen coating. Stone chips were applied to the coating to prevent the sheets sticking together.

  • 1964

    The innovation was further developed

    The first 10-pan tile was produced.

  • 1967

    Decra profile makes the roof system stronger

    The first Decra interlocking profiles were made providing further strength to an already unique product.

  • 1970

    USA expressed interest in Decra

    The first Decra license was granted to a U.S company based in Florida.

  • 1977

    Europe wants Decra too!

    Polytuil in Belgium commenced manufacture under licensed joint venture with the first purpose built plant to produce Decra® tiles in Europe, then under one trademark Decramastic.

  • 1980

    Decra provides even stronger protection against weather

    Bituminous emulsion was replaced by an acrylic barrier coating system with improved weathering properties under Decrabond trademark.

  • 1981

    1981 Europe needs the 2nd factory!

    Decra A/S in Denmark commenced manufacture as the second European licensee

  • 1989

    Metrotile in NZ started the manufacture of pressed metal tiles

    Ross Roofing started a second company  in New-Zealand manufacturing stone coated and prepainted metal roofing tiles.

  • 1996

    Metrotile gets a share in Europe as well

    Responding to the increased demand from the market Metrotile sales operation start distributing stone coated pressed metal tiles in Europe

  • 1998

    Metrotile Europe factory was founded to produce steel tiles

    In Belgium, Tongeren Metrotile Europe was formed starting manufacturing tiles in a 1200 m2 manufacturing plant.

  • 2000

    Metrotile USA was formed and began manufacturing steel tiles in California

  • 2007

    Larger plant is needed to satisfy market demand

    From 1200 m2 the plant in Belgium was expended to 7500 m2 and later to 13000 m2.

  • 2010

    The business gets overseas attention

    A Canadian company IKO, world’s largest family-owned manufacturers & exporters of roofing products see the potential and creates a joint venture between Metrotile Europe and IKO Europe.

  • 2019

    The largest pressed metal tile factory in the world

    After acquiring GERARD and Twintile brands our company became the world’s leading manufacturer of pressed metal rooftiles under the name RoofTG. (Roof Tile Group). By merging the operation lines in Belgium RoofTG built the largest factory of pressed metal tiles in the world.

  • 2021

    The acquisition of Ross Roofing Group

    With the acquisition of an Auckland, New Zealand based manufacturer of global Tilcor and Metrotile brands in Asia-Pacific, RoofTG added to the product portfolio further well respected brands. They are used to be manufactured by a family owned company with a long history in roofing business (founded in 1942). This makes us proud and opens further possibilities for our customers.

  • 2023

    The largest pressed metal tile factory in the world become IKO METALS EUROPE NV

    After acquiring Metrotile, Gerard, Decra and Tilcor brands our company became the world’s leading manufacturer of pressed metal rooftiles under the name IKO Metals Europe NV. By merging the operation lines in Belgium IKO Metals Europe built the largest factory of pressed metal tiles in the world.