Questions & Answers

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT EGGER INVESTMENT

What is the business of the EGGER company?

EGGER was founded by Fritz Egger in 1961. He opened the first chipboard plant in St. Johann in Tirol and thus laid the foundation for the EGGER success story. We are a full-range supplier for the furniture industry and interior design, wood construction and laminate flooring sectors. We have nineteen plants in eight European countries and in South America and around 9,600 employees.

EGGER is a lively, large international family. Behind this description there are around 60 nationalities working at 19 plants and 26 sales offices worldwide.

Our mission is “More from wood”. We believe that wood should be treated with respect. Therefore, we take responsibility for the people and the environment seriously. Doing business in a sustainable manner is a daily practice for us.

What products does EGGER offer?

EGGER products are found in many areas of private and public life, including: kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, offices, hotels and shops. We manufacture a full-range of products for furniture and interior design: various kinds of chipboards, MDF boards, HDF boards, lightweight boards. Most of these base materials are upgraded with on-trend decors and surfaces. We also offer building products: wide range of OSB board, OSB flooring board, vapor-permeable and moisture-resistant fiberboard and sawn timber. The last but not least, we offer high quality laminate floors.

Does EGGER have other factories in Poland?

The factory in Biskupiec is the first EGGER plant in Poland and the nineteenth in the whole EGGER group. From a business point of view, it will be a key plant in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Up to now, we have seventeen factories in Europe: in Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Romania, Russia, Turkey and one in Argentina.

What products will be manufactured at the factory?

The production will be focused on chipboards. A part of the manufactured goods will be raw chipboards. A significant percentage of our production will be supplemented with decorative paper and other types of paper finishing products we produce in our group.

When do we plan to start production in Biskupiec?

We are right now in the final steps of the permitting procedures and strongly hope to be able to start production in the second quarter 2019.

What is the reason for this delay in the start of production?

In our plannings we assumed to be able to start production at the turn of 2018/2019. However, the completion of construction and installation works as well as obtaining the necessary permits took us a little longer than expected.

At present, we are at the stage of finishing works on individual facilities, we carry out inspections of individual installations and, at the same time, our application for an integrated permit (IPPC) is in the period of public consultation.

What is the cost of the investment?

The estimated value of the investment in Biskupiec is around 1 billion PLN.

How many years is the investment planned for? How long does EGGER want to operate in Biskupiec?

At EGGER, we are forward-thinking. The factory in Biskupiec will be a key factory in this part of Europe. Therefore, it is a long-term investment planned for several next generations.

Will the Investment have a negative impact on the tourism attractiveness of the region?

The factory in Biskupiec will not have a negative impact on the development of tourism in the region. The investment will not affect the environment and landscape which are the greatest tourist attractions of the region. Several of our factories are located in attractive tourist destinations in other European countries, for example, our headquarters in St. Johann in Tirol in Austria. The factory in Austria, during its many years of operation, has not affected the development of tourism in the region. At the same time, it positively influenced the economic development of this part of Austria.

Will the company be registered in Biskupiec and will it pay taxes here?

Yes, EGGER is a fully registered company in Biskupiec and the local taxes will be paid in Biskupiec, as it is regulated in the polish law.

Why have you decided to place your investment in Biskupiec?

The selection of Biskupiec as a location for the investment was preceded by a comprehensive analysis of the available investment areas in Poland.

Biskupiec offered an excellent access to a well-developed transport infrastructure, both in terms of roads and railways, guaranteeing significant loading capacity. As such, this has been a key issue with a significant impact on the functioning of the factory. The plant is located next to two national roads and in the vicinity of the railway network, which has important implications for transport issues.

Furthermore, the potential of local workforce and experience of the community in wood processing was another advantage of the region. The representatives of local residents are already aware of the value of wood as a natural resource. EGGER believes that many talented people live in the region. The company can help them to develop their abilities and grow their skills.

Where is EGGER going to get the raw material wood from, once the production plant in Biskupiec will start to operate?

The plant in Biskupiec will use approximately 470.000 to 500.000 dry tons of wooden raw material per year. 20-30 % of this amount will be acquired from the regional wood processing industry, mainly from sawmills. The total forecasted amount acquired from the Polish forest industry is 30-40 %. One of the main purposes of the company is to gain low-quality round wood, which is not suitable for paper production, the sawmill industry or wood industry use. EGGER also considers a raw wood material import from neighboring countries. About 30 % of the material used in production will be recycled wood products, obtained in the region and in the big Polish cities (e.g. Warsaw and Gdańsk).
The company analyzed that in a distance of about 200 km, the annual growing amount of wood will be approximately 2 to 2,5 million dry tons. The investor would like to emphasize that the Polish state forest organization is one of the most transparently organized institutions of its kind in Europe.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Will new jobs be created as a result of the establishment of a new plant in Biskupiec? How many new jobs will be created and when?

The investment will create around 400 direct jobs in the region. We are preparing the recruitment process, which will be fully implemented in 2018 and 2019.

In negotiations with the local authorities, EGGER has declared that a minimum of 50% of all newly created jobs will be filled with Poles – please specify on what legal basis this will be provided?

The declaration of employment of a minimum of 50% of Polish employees in the new EGGER factory in Biskupiec has been agreed with the local authorities. It will be implemented in the future recruitment process. Our plan is to employ Poles, preferably from Biskupiec and the region. All of our factories are multinational, as EGGER is a global company. In the end, we assume that the percentage of Poles working at the EGGER factory in Biskupiec will be much higher.

What will be the average gross salary for the 400 new employees? What can they expect from EGGER as an employer?

In every project, EGGER has the goal to be the most attractive employer in the region. This not only refers to the salary, but to the full benefit and compensation package. The company continuously invests in the employees and offers fair, stable and long-term employment opportunities. Moreover, the company greatly values individual development options and offers attractive career opportunities.

Will every employee have a contract of a full time job?

The company will implement all legal forms of employment, depending on the nature of the position and preferences of the candidate and the internal standards of the company. Nevertheless, we will fulfill the agreement with the commune to implement 400 fulltime jobs.

Will the company conduct an initial training course as a preparation for work in the factory?

Our employees will pass a training course, which provides them with necessary knowledge and skills required to work in a factory. This includes trainings related to occupational health and safety in the workplace. In the first stage of the functioning of our factory, the training sessions will be conducted by experienced personnel, including supervisors, from other EGGER plants. In this way, our experience and knowledge from the group will be shared with our local employees at Biskupiec.

When can we apply for a job?

The recruitment process for the plant in Biskupiec is ongoing. We are providing the local inhabitants with all the details in our infopoints and on www.pracuj.pl. We plan to open the factory and start production in the spring of 2019, so this is when the majority of new jobs will be filled. If you are interested to join our team, you can send your CV through the e-mail address recruitment.pl@egger.com or hand it in at the local employment office.

You have been telling that additionally to the 400 direct jobs in the new factory, 600 indirect new jobs will be created through the investment. What kind of jobs will that be?

The factory will lead to the indirect economic activation of the region, including the development of catering services, hospitality, building sector and building suppliers, maintenance industry, transport and translation services.

 

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

What will be the impact of the planned investment on the environment?

The investment will not have a net negative impact on the environment during the operational phase. The calculations and analyses undertaken during the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment report, which lasted more than a year, indicate that the investment meets all environmental standards and requirements established in Poland and European Union. As we produce in a closed material cycle, our industry is per se promoting sustainability by locking up CO2 in our materials during their entire lifetime, by avoiding transport costs and by producing our own environmental-friendly energy.

What will be the impact of the investment on the quality of surface water and groundwater?

As a wood processing company, we use water during the production process. In accordance with the Best Available Techniques (BAT) reference documents, technological solutions applied at the new plant will make the water cleaning process as efficient as possible safeguarding the environment and the quality of surface water and groundwater. The investment fulfills all Polish legal requirements as well as the suggestions and indications received from the RDOŚ in Olsztyn, including in relation to the wastewater treatment plant in Biskupiec.

What will be the impact of the planned investment in terms of a possibly increased traffic in Biskupiec?

The investment localization was chosen also with the transport infrastructure in mind. The road and railway infrastructure that exists in the vicinity of the site will allow to minimize the impact of the investment on traffic in residential areas. The raw materials and the final products will be transported by trucks via the S16 road and the railway.

What will be the level of noise emitted by the factory?

A detailed noise study was performed as a part of the EIA report prepared during the environmental preparatory procedure. The impact of noise of the new plant was assessed during the study and the measured noise was within all the legal requirements.

What height will the chimney of the factory have?

The exact height of the chimney will be 50 m. This height was indicated in all EIA documents and will fulfill all the polish regulations.

Will the water used in the factory contaminate the Kraksy lake?

No process or municipal wastewater will be discharged to the Kraksy lake. The rain water collected from the site will be stored in fire safety reservoirs and used internally for the production. In case the water reservoirs will become full, the rainwater will be cleaned in oil separators and only then discharged to the lake. The quality of rain water discharged into reservoirs and then to Kraksy lake will be carefully monitored in accordance with the terms of the water permit. In addition, due to the planned discharge of rainwater to the lake, the condition of water in the Kraksy lake will be a subject of periodic monitoring, both before the beginning of the Investment and following the start of the construction.

What impact on the fauna and flora species and Natura 2000 protected areas will the planned investment have?

During the process of choosing the best possible localization for a new plant and during the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment report, which lasted more than a year, the existing fauna and flora species have been monitored and catalogued. The plant has been designed in such a way as to minimize the impact of the project on the environment. As a result, the Investment will not interfere with the environment. The factory will not be located within the Special Area of Protection Natura 2000.

Will there be a waste incineration plant built on the investment area?

No municipal waste incineration plant will be built in the area of the factory. One of the installation elements of the EGGER plant in Biskupiec will be a biomass co-incineration plant, which will use biomass mostly from the production cycle to produce heat needed for the inner installation.

What kind of materials and what amounts of them will be burnt in the biomass co-incineration plant?

In the HGG hot gas generator (55 MW), in waste and biomass co-incineration process will be incinerated:

- Biomass (wood in pieces) in the amount of 44 830 Mg/year (combusted on a grate)

- sanding dust (waste code 03 01 05) 14 000 Mg/year (combustion in injection nozzles)

- dust from screening of the MS centre layer (waste code 03 01 05) 16 000 Mg/year (combustion in injection nozzles)

- dust from screening of the surface layer DS (waste code 03 01 05) in the amount of 8 683 Mg/year (combustion in a multi-fuel burner)

- dust from post-consumer wood screening from facility 102 (waste code 19 12 07) 2119 Mg/year (combustion in injection nozzles)

- 170 000 Nm3 of natural gas (multi-fuel burner combustion).

Will you also buy materials externally to burn them in the biomass co-incineration plant?

Combustion will take place in a HGG (55 MW) hot gas generator, in the process of co-incineration of waste and biomass.

We will buy biomass and natural gas from external suppliers. On the other hand, the post-consumer wood whose dust will be co-incinerated will come from local wood-waste collection and processing points(Timberpak’s) run by EGGER and from selected suppliers.

Does the consolidation of the application for an integrated permit extend the list of materials allowed to be incinerated?

No. In addition to the dust generated by the production process (from the screening of the middle and top layers, from the post-consumer wood screening process, and from the treatment of post-consumer wood), HGG will use only pure biomass (a natural material from forestry) and natural gas.

EGGER has 18 factories in Europe (including two in Russia). Why are only part of them ISO 14001 certified which confirms European Union standards in the sense of environmental protection?

The goal of our company is that we implement the management system (ISO 14001) as an EGGER Group standard. As a matter of organization and timeline, we are still working on this internal goal. Until now, we have 13 certificated plants, and we are working to implement the ISO 14001 standard in every EGGER plant.

Is the new plant in Biskupiec going to be ISO 14001 certified?

EGGER plans to implement the ISO 14001 standard at the Biskupiec plant, as soon as possible after the beginning of the production phase.

What kind of filters do you use in other EGGER factories to protect the air from dangerous emissions? What technology will you use in Biskupiec?

In all the EGGER production facilities, we use several different kinds of filters that are especially designed for different kinds of production processes and their emissions, for example: wet electro filters, dry electro filters, cyclones, hose filters, filter mats. The new EGGER factory in Biskupiec is the most modern factory of the entire EGGER Group for many years to come. The plant has applied Best Available Techniques (BAT) which means that the company will use the most effective and advanced equipment, installations, technological solutions, methods of operations and other activities to reduce emissions and the impact of the factory on the environment.

Does the company use recycled wood?

We invest in resource saving technology and include recycling wood in the production process. Up to 30% of the wood used in our chipboards comes from a recycling process. With this new technology, to use wood recycling material as raw material, we save important resources from the forests and give the used wood a second life.

 

 

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