Egger's flooring production facility, which recently went into operation in the Russian town of Gagarin, is the first step of an extensive investment project, the group announced during the presentation of its latest financial report for the fiscal year 2014/2015.
“We see Eastern Europe and Russia in the medium term as strong growth markets for laminate flooring and would like to manufacture these products in the local area. We will be able to do that by means of the new production facility in Gagarin,” said Thomas Leissing, spokesperson for Egger, explaining the development investment at the latest plant belonging to the group.
An ultra-modern MDF production facility will subsequently be installed at the Gagarin site, which is expected to start operations in the second half of 2016. The MDF capacity during the first development stage will be around 350,000 m3a year and 350 new jobs can be created with the expansion of the plant in the Russian region of Smolensk. The overall planned investment is around 200 million euros.
Half of this will be spent on construction and infrastructure. A recently installed biomass power station will act as a producer of heat for drying wood fibres once it is completed.