Egger makes £15 million investment in Hexham plant

Egger Timberpak has begun operations at its £15 million recycling plant in Hexham, Northumberland, which will increase recycled content in finished Egger products.

After commencing commissioning in August, chipboard production with increased recycled content is underway

Egger Timberpak is the recycling arm of Egger, which manufactures a range of household products from wood, such as flooring. The new recycling plant sits on the same site as a chipboard manufacturing facility.

The facility will enable Egger Timberpak to segregate, clean, and chip waste wood using “state-of-the-art processing facilities”, ready to be used in the new products. When asked what machinery this includes, Egger explained it has machinery from “PAL, IFE and Pallmann”.

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.”

He added: “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.”

Construction

Plans for the project started in 2019, with breaking ground taking place in October 2020.

Led by Andrew Shepherd with Egger’s dedicated UK project team, installation was supported by the wider Egger Group, Cubby Construction, Mibex Ltd, Garwen Enterprises, and Parkgate.

The team has collectively spent over 130,000 hours on this project and “navigated many external challenges during the build”, Egger said, including COVID-19, skill shortages, and material availability.

After commencing commissioning in August, chipboard production with increased recycled content is underway.

The plant will now sit alongside Egger Timberpak’s existing facilities in Scotland, St Albans Washington and Yorkshire.

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