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the synthetic ice

about us

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a few words about

who we are

NOICEONE manufactures, distributes and markets the world’s finest synthetic ice material used for skating, hockey and iceless curling.

NOICEONE is the result of decades of work by company founder John Thorpe of Southport, U.K. The history of our synthetic ice goes back to the 1980’s in manufacture, distribution and sales. Since then we have researched and developed the premier synthetic ice world wide.

“NOICEONE’s philosophy has always been to invest in the product and let it sell itself for a reasonable price.”
~John Thorpe – Founder

Our company legacy spans 40 years and thousands of synthetic ice rinks in more than 50 countries around the world.

learn more about

our facility

Do your research – most synthetic ice companies can not or will not tell where their product is made and who makes it. We on the other hand are extremely proud of our Joint Venture Partnership with OKULEN, of Ahaus Germany. You can visit their website read about our relationship and their expertise in engineered plastics worldwide.www.OKULEN.com


Manufacturing excellence for over 40 years through our German Partners OKULEN

  • 19,500 tons pressed
    each year
  • 19 sinter presses
  • 240 employees 
  • Family owned business
  • 21 CNC machines 

a short summary of our

company history

October 2018

New ownership

John Thorpe decides it’s time to “enjoy life” and sells the company to long time Canadian distributor and friend  Tim Oldfield.

John gone fishing
October 2018


Joint Venture Manufacturing

Noiceone and Okulen enter manufacturing joint venture partnership



Spanish Investment

Vitrathene receives major investment capital through Spanish venture capital firm




Vitrathene is borne manufacturing in the U.K. pressing and machining engineered plastics including sheets for synthetic ice



High Density Plastics

John Thorpe buys High Density Plastics and perfects the heavy duty 18mm product design still in use today!



Agency for Hi-Den Ice in UAE

John Thorpe becomes agent for H-Den ice in UAE and sold rinks in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and The Oman



Worlds first commerically viable synthetic ice product

Hi-Den Ice of West Yorkshire (Todmorden) develops it’s first viable synthetic ice products.

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