2 minute read - 12th September 2022
EGGER completes £15m recycling plant investment
Wood-based material manufacturer, EGGER UK, has completed an investment of over £15m into recycling operations at its site in Hexham, Northumberland. The company says the investment will improve the quality of recycled wood used to make its chipboard panels.
Employing the latest technology, the new recycling plant will segregate, clean, and chip waste wood that would otherwise be burnt or sent to landfill.
The new facilities, together with the high quality recycled material processed, will enable EGGER to increase the amount of recycled wood in each chipboard panel it produces. By improving its recycling processes to get a better quality raw material, EGGER can guarantee that the quality of the panel is not compromised.
Alex West, product manager at EGGER UK, said: “Increasing our recycled content answers the demand from the interior design, furniture, and housebuilding industries for more environmentally conscious products. We are a major supplier to these industries, so it’s important that we lead the way when it comes to sustainable product innovation. Not only does this investment strengthen our closed loop production cycle, but it also demonstrates the importance and commitment the company places on a sustainable supply of raw materials.”
Plans for the project started in 2019, with breaking ground taking place in October 2020. Installation was supported by the wider EGGER Group, Cubby Construction, Mibex, Garwen Enterprises, and Parkgate.
The team has collectively spent over 130,000 hours on the project and navigated many external challenges during the build, including Covid-19, skill shortages, and material availability. After commencing commissioning in August, chipboard production with increased recycled content is underway.