Established since 1920 in eastern France, Oberflex specializes in the production and distribution of decorative surfaces and acoustic solutions for interior design. The company offers several collections made of wood, paper, metal, and resin, suitable for all types of projects (service sectors, hospitality, retail shops, public or residential buildings).
In 2006, Marotte, the specialist in high-end cabinet panels and with a proven exceptional know-how since 1947, joined the group and took part in the development of an increasingly expansive offering.
Oberflex holds the "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company) label. Its strength is in harnessing its expertise in the service of innovation and constantly offering new technical and aesthetic solutions.
50 years of innovations
1925 - Création de la société par la famille Ober.
Invention du panneau "Oberflex"1968
1968 - Ober, alors spécialisé dans le tranchage de placages de Chêne, Frêne, Hêtre, invente le 1er panneau en bois stratifié. Composé d'un dos en krafts imprégnés, de placage de bois jointé et d'une finition spécialement développée pour imprégner le bois, ce panneau offre une résistance de surface inédite et est trés vite reconnu par les menuisiers et ébénistes pour sa facilité de mise en oeuvre. Epais de 1 mm et donc flexible, il est appelé Oberflex.
Rough cut wood veneer on a laminate substrate. Launch of the "Brut d'Ober" line, a full-size panel, made of a flexible, resistant and rough cut veneer, which can be used in the same way as standard laminates. Once applied to a substrate, it can be varnished or oiled. “Brut d’Ober" is the ideal solution for carpenters.
Pastels and Odyssée1987
The "Pastels" and "Odyssée" collections of stained veneers. “Pastels” is a collection of 12 colors. The panel is covered with a pastel stain ash veneer.
"Prestige d’Oberflex": a wide collection of wood species coated with the Oberflex finish. Prestige d’Oberflex has quickly become the go-to line for carpenters and commercial shop fitters. Rare species such as pear tree or bird's eye maple are now featured in this catalog.
The first acoustic wood panels. The method consists in punching holes through the wood panel (acoustic perforations). These holes are designed to partially absorb the sound wave, thereby improving the acoustic comfort of an interior space.
Launch of Densfloor. A densified laminate flooring hardened by gamma radiation.
Microsound, the first quick and easy-to-install, clip-on wooden ceiling slab. The slab is lined with a real wood veneer with an Oberflex® finish..
Ultra-resistant panel for high-traffic areas. Ober compact is composed of a stack of kraft sheets impregnated with thermosetting resin, lined on one side with real wood veneer with an Oberflex finish and a backing board on the other side.
Sablés matte and Sablés unfinished2004
Thanks to an in-house innovative system, Oberflex launches the first relief panels. The wood veneers are updated with a very modern sandblasted effect with the Oberflex surface resistance feature. Oberflex.
Deck d’Ober is created: a panel made of real wood slats joined together in the style of a boat deck and designed for the floors and walls of bathrooms, showers, swimming pools decks, dressing rooms and bedrooms.
Spiced wood collection2005
Spiced wood collection, an elegant collection. A subtle play of contrasts between the wood colors and very natural shades.
By having its chain of custody certified, Oberflex can offer PEFC certified products to its customers.
Ober acquires Marotte, the specialist in high-end cabinet panels. Marotte was founded in 1947 by Pierre Marotte. The Marotte brand celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Textured Wood Collection2006
Oberflex met au point un process industriel pour intégrer du relief et de la texture aux surfaces de bois stratifié, sans modifier les qualités techniques ni la résistance de surface des panneaux. De cette innovation naît Contrastes & Matières, une collection de panneaux de bois cannelés, gougés, martelés...etc.
Oberflex develops an industrial process to incorporate relief and texture to laminated wood surfaces without altering the panel’s technical performance or surface resistance. This innovation leads to Textured Wood Collection, a collection of wood panels with a sea, gouged or hammered texture.
Natural Shades Collection2006
Natural Shades Collection : a collection of very detailed patterns where natural woods contrast with astonishing surface effects.
Obersound 5.5: the birth of “designer acoustics”
Ober and 5.5 design studio work together on a series of 25 models of acoustic perforations on Oberflex wood panels.
Batimat Design Award2007
Batimat 2007 design award for the Obersound 5.5 acoustic panels collection
Merger between Oberflex and Stramica, the Tunisian leader in decorative laminates.
Design of a new, ready-to-install suspended ceiling solution by 5.5 Design Studio. Tectonic 5.5 leads to the creation of new configurations and 3D ceilings thanks to a new and standardized fastening system.
Batimat Innovation Award2011
Oberflex wins the Innovation Award for its new Tectonic 5.5 integral suspended ceiling system at the Batimat International Show.
Borg! by Marotte2014
An exclusive collection of decorative panels, composed of 36 models grouped into 6 categories, each available in 6 natural wood species. The surface of the wood is polished and protected with a coat of Single-coat Wonder Finish that gives the panel a perfectly natural look.
Pure Paper Color and Metal2015
Pure Paper is the new brand of Oberflex decorative laminates. 350 models divided into 2 collections, Color and Metal, whose design was entrusted to designer Patrick Norguet.
Oberflex "Talents INPI"2016
"Talents INPI" est un prix décerné par l’INPI (Institut National pour la Propriété Industrielle) pour récompenser les entreprises innovantes qui inscrivent la propriété industrielle au cœur de leur stratégie de développement. Ce label récompense non seulement l’assiduité d’Oberflex à miser sur la protection de ses créations mais atteste aussi de sa créativité.
Concrete LCDA joins Ober2017
Oberflex and Concrete LCDA, a company renowned for its innovative concrete solutions, join forces to provide architects with a more comprehensive offering through a strengthened commercial presence in France and abroad. Discover Concrete LCDA
Oberflex labellisée Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant2018
Oberflex rejoint le prestigieux réseau national des entreprises de talent en recevant le label « Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant ». Cette distinction d'état est une reconnaissance pour le savoir-faire d’excellence que l’entreprise perpétue depuis un siècle.
Obersound Actions 5.52018
5.5 Design Studio has created a new series of acoustic perforations that can be customised by architects and acousticians to suit the desired aesthetic and absorption performance.
Rencontre by Patrick Jouin2019
A reinterpretation of ornamentation.
The theme of ornamentation in the era of digitally-controlled machines. Patrick Jouin reinvents the Marotte sculpted panels and plays with all the possibilities afforded by the machine. The Rencontre collection features 16 models that are each available in 8 colors and can be assembled in an infinite number of combinations.
Ober's materials library2020
Ober's materials library is a place dedicated to materials and intended for architects. It offers a variety of solutions and materials from the Oberflex and Concrete LCDA collections. This is where architects, shopfitting companies and other interior designers can familiarize themselves with the products and enjoy personalized advice at all stages of a project.
SuperOrganic wins the Innovation Trophies2021
[Les Trophées de l'Innovation] is a competition organised as part of the annual WorkSpace Expo event, which brings together the leading international players in workspace design. It is a tool for promoting innovation as a competitive advantage. For this 2021 edition, the jury of professionals, made up of clients, architects and journalists, awarded the prize to SuperOrganic by Oberflex.
Basic by Oberflex2021
A real cost-effective alternative for large-scale projects, Basic by Oberflex is a range of furnishing panels made from reconstituted wood veneers coated with the Oberflex finish.
Crack Oak and Pippy Oak2021
Crack Oak and Pippy Oak is a range of decorative real wood surfaces made from wood veneers carefully selected for their raw character and singular beauty. The collection draws its inspiration from the diversity of the environment and highlights the beauty of nature in its raw form. Each panel is unique and handcrafted from PEFC wood.
Oberflex launches its anti-fingerprint range with Color Anti-Fingerprint. This range offers non-stick properties, a surface without any porosity, very taut, on which nothing clings, neither dirt nor fingerprints. The surfaces are easy to clean, reducing the need for cleaning products. They always remain impeccable, even when subjected to intensive use.
Loyal to its know-how and challenged by its customers, Oberflex is making further progress in its mastery of stamping, taking it a step further and now offering new textures, deeper variations than before, applicable to the Wood, Metal and Color offers.
Obersound Micro-grooved acoustic panels2023
Once again, Oberflex has struck a blow with a major innovation in the field of acoustic panels. The R&D teams have developed a series of panels with discreet and elegant micro-grooved lines right in the facing. Linear or geometric, these lines are virtually imperceptible from a distance, preserving the integrity of the material. The structure of the product and the rate of opening generated by the multitude of micro-grooves give the panel one of the highest absorption coefficients on the market - 0.95 aw.
In 1968, Ober has developed the first HPL panels with a genuine wood veneer base. Ober doesn’t limit itself to this exceptional know-how, the company develops many other technical and decorative solutions integrating concrete, paper, metal, solid surface, to satisfy the requirements of architects, in France and worldwide.
The well-being of people, preserving exceptional know-how, devising ambitious objectives and a rigorous follow-up in areas of improvement are the foundation of Oberflex’s quality management system.
The heart of our know-how is the transformation of wood, a living material chosen for its environmental qualities. Therefore Ober makes concrete commitments toward the environment, beyond the legal or regulatory constraints, and assists its customers in their own environmental approach.
Performance and regulations
Oberflex tests all of its products for fire resistance. This involves determining the time during which a panel retains its physical and mechanical properties when exposed to fire. The codification of these tests is highly regulated in France and Europe
Improving the acoustic comfort of an interior space is achieved by balancing sound absorption, diffusion and reflection. Obersound panels installed on walls or ceilings are designed to reduce sound reflection and improve speech intelligibility.
Environmentally friendly products
Owing to the efficient management of its products, Oberflex provides precise answers that are useful for assessing the environmental performance of a project and comply with the requirements of construction labels. Oberflex panels meet the targets commonly chosen for certified projects.
Just as no two sheets of veneer are the same, no two projects are alike. This is why, for each project, Oberflex offers the possibility of ordering samples for each of the items featured in the catalog.
Sample orders can be placed directly on the site under the headings "products" or “La Matériauthèque" or directly from your sales representative. They are delivered worldwide, subject to immediate availability, within 72 to 96 hours.
Large format prototypes
If necessary, Oberflex will provide you with large format samples for a better feel of the look and rendering of the product.
The Oberflex laboratory performs color and species matching to conform as closely as possible to the original vision of the architect or designer.
Oberflex provides support to architects, acousticians and commercial fitting companies to create optimal conditions for the success of every project by providing them with the technical resources of its Customer Service.
- Assistance in the drafting of the Special technical specifications (CCTP - Cahier des charges techniques particulière)
- Image bank
- Technical data sheets
- Pricing studies
- Technical studies - Optimization of formats and layouts
- Installation consultation
- Acoustic performance
- Environmental characteristics
- Fire rating
- Custom orders and project-specific specifications
Oberflex provides worldwide delivery service to its customers from its factory in Bar-Le-Duc in the east of France, using a special commercial and logistics interface.
For each project, packaging and mode of transport are based on destination, the type of goods to be transported and the urgent nature of the order. For the same panel surface area, whether the panels are flexible, rolled up in reinforced drums, or veneered and delivered flat on pallets, the weight/volume ratios can vary considerably and impact the logistics cost.
On site delivery
Ready-to-install Oberflex products can be delivered directly to a construction site, taking into account all the conditions that are required in these cases.
Storage and follow-up
For recurring projects or those requiring follow-up over time (hotels, retail and services with multiple branches, etc.), Oberflex has a buffer storage space for storing under the best conditions a certain quantity of panels with the exact characteristics outlined in the specifications.