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Minister of State visits EGGER Hexham

Minister of State visits EGGER Hexham

From the left, county councillor Cath Homer, Hexham MP Guy Opperman, council leader Peter Jackson, EGGER plant manager finance/administration Jonathon Stephens, director Campact Ltd Elfi Bretterklieber-Taye, EGGER Forestry director John Paterson and energy minister Claire Perry

Rt Hon Claire Perry MP’s visit to Northumberland’s largest manufacturing company EGGER comes on the back of concerns raised by the industry through the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF) about the increasing demand for the UK annual wood basket.

Wood-based panel manufacturers are looking to ensure that wood security is at the forefront of future UK business and energy policy. The wood panel manufacturing sector uses 25% of the 11 million tonnes of wood delivered from UK forestry every year. UK manufacturers supply approximately 65% of the total UK annual consumption of wood-based panel products, which can be found in virtually every office, home and workplace across the country and is relied upon by the furniture, house building and construction industries across the UK.

The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth was joined by Hexham’s local representative Guy Opperman MP, Northumberland County Council Leader Cllr Peter Jackson and Councillor for Hexham East, Cllr Cath Homer.

The Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, commented “It was a pleasure to be in Hexham with Guy Opperman MP and visit the EGGER plant to meet representatives of the Wood Panel Industry and discuss the importance of forestry to the UK Economy. It’s great to see manufacturing firms continuing to invest domestically and bringing highly skilled, quality jobs to the area.”