Questions & Answers
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 9,900 employees.
EGGER is a lively, large international family. Behind this description there are around 72 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's 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 are manufactured at the factory?
The production focuses on chipboards. A part of the manufactured goods are raw chipboards. A significant percentage of our production is supplemented with decorative paper and other types of paper finishing products we produce in our group.
Where do we sell boards manufactured in Biskupiec?
We sell our products (raw chipboards, chipboards covered with decorative paper, worktops) mainly to the Polish market - they go to furniture manufacturers as well as our distributors who sell them to carpenters. Particularly important customers are companies based in the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship, for them we have located our factory in Warmia. Part of the production is exported to the Baltic countries and Germany.
What is the cost of the investment?
The value of the investment in Biskupiec is over 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 is a key factory in this part of Europe. Therefore, it is a long-term investment planned for several next generations.
Can this Investment have a negative impact on the tourism attractiveness of the region?
The factory in Biskupiec has not negative impact on the development of tourism in the region. The investment 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.
Is the company registered in Biskupiec and 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.
What benefits does Biskupiec derive from the presence of the EGGER factory?
The investment in Biskupiec has contributed to the economic activation of the region. From new jobs to cooperation with local entrepreneurs providing us with transport services, construction services, accommodation and catering services. We estimate the employment development index at 1:3 (new EGGER employees for new jobs in companies providing services). We are committed to local
investments - reconstruction of Mickiewicza Street, revitalization of the local PKP infrastructure, renovation of the old beach on Kraksy Lake. We support the local community, in the area of social and educational activities - PSONI, Children's Home, Music School, Library, Kindergarten "Five" and many others. We supported city during Coronacrisis buying mask and sanitary equipment and helped Biskupiec hospital to buy a new IT Scanner.
Where do we obtain round wood from and how do we secure our wood supplies?
Industrial roundwood visible in the wood yard is purchased at auctions from the State Forests. We focus on the purchase of raw material within a 150 km radius around the plant - so as to limit the emission of exhaust fumes to the atmosphere from cars supplying us with the raw material. The second group of our raw material suppliers are local sawmills, from which we buy sawdust, chips, chips, and cuttings.
What % of raw material comes from recycling and what is included in the recycling material?
The average for our entire Group is the use of 30% of recycled material as input for chipboard and we strive to achieve such a value at the Biskupiec plant. As a source of raw material in the form of post-consumer wood, we can include wood-based panels, pallets, boxes, wood packaging, tree windbreaks, solid demolition wood, not containing preservatives and protective coatings. Soon we will launch Timberpacks in Warsaw and Gdańsk - collection points for used wooden products (boxes, pallets, furniture). They will be used as board material.
Is it possible for private person to bring old furniture for recycling?
The Egger plant does not accept furniture for recycling from private individuals. We only accept furniture from companies with appropriate permissions.
What is the average gross salary for the 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.
Does every employee have a contract of a full time job?
The company implements all legal forms of employment, depending on the nature of the position and preferences of the candidate and the internal standards of the company.
Does 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.
Where can we find open position?
The recruitment process for the plant in Biskupiec is ongoing. We are providing the local inhabitants with all the details in our infopoints in Biskupiec, Mrągowo, Barczewo and on www.pracuj.pl. If you are interested to join our team, you can send your CV through the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What will be the impact of the 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.
Where does the smell of pine come from, which is felt from time to time?
The smell of pine comes from the processing of fresh wood. Its intensity depends on the proportion of the use of raw materials - fresh wood and post-consumer wood. The fragrances consist of volatile organic compounds (terpenes) contained in fresh wood. There are no such substances in the post-consumer wood. It should be emphasized that this fragrance is characteristic for plants dealing with fresh wood processing - sawmills, furniture industry. As the consumption of post-consumer wood increases, the smell of pine will decrease in intensity. We perform continuous measurements for several pollutants in accordance with the environmental decision.
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 is be the impact of the investment in terms of a 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 are transported by trucks via the S16 road and in the future via 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 has the factory chimney?
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 is discharged to the Kraksy lake. The rain water collected from the site will is stored in fire safety reservoirs and used internally for the production. In case the water reservoirs becomes full, the rainwater is cleaned in oil separators and only then discharged to the lake. The quality of rain water discharged into reservoirs and then to Kraksy lake is 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 is a subject of periodic monitoring, both before the beginning of the Investment and following the start of the production.
What impact on the fauna and flora species and Natura 2000 protected areas will the 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.
Has there been a waste incineration plant built on the investment area?
No municipal waste incineration plant has been built in the area of the factory. One of the installation elements of the EGGER plant in Biskupiec is a biomass co-incineration plant, which uses 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 takes place in a HGG (55 MW) hot gas generator, in the process of co-incineration of waste and biomass. We buy biomass and natural gas from external suppliers. On the other hand, the post-consumer wood whose dust is co-incinerated will come from local wood-waste collection and processing points(Timberpak’s) run by EGGER and from selected suppliers.
What happens to the heat generated during technological processes?
The heat generated during technological processes is used for production purposes: drying of chips, production of the board, supply of hall heating systems.
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 uses 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 15 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 uses 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.
How does the EGGER plant care for the environment in its daily operations?
Even though we are a manufacturing company, we respect the environment every day. Our closed production cycle, which minimises waste, is an excellent example of this. We use high-quality air protection systems such as bag filters and electrostatic precipitators. By using post-consumer wood as a raw material, we reduce the consumption of fresh wood while achieving a negative carbon footprint. Our fleet consists of electric forklifts, in the halls we use only led lighting.