EGGER has hosted a visit by the new Chief Executive of Forestry Commission to highlight the strong and long-standing partnership between tree planting and wood processing in the North-East.
Richard Stanford toured the Hexham plant, which makes high-quality chipboard for tens of thousands of UK homes, and employs 650 people.
The site has been making chipboard since 1963 (EGGER took over in 1984) and was located in Hexham to take timber from Kielder Forest, which is managed by Forestry England.
Mike Yerbury, Director of Forestry at EGGER, said: "There is a powerful and historic link between Kielder, England’s larget forest, and our Hexham site and we are committed to continuing that partnership. EGGER needs a consistent and significant supply of wood to make our products and our aim is to source that from local, sustainably-managed forests.
He added: "We have invested more than £100 million in our Hexham site over the last 10 years and that investment - which has created and protected hundreds of jobs - has been founded on a secure, long-term future wood supply. We are fully supportive of a wide variety of forest and woodlands being created, based on the mantra 'right tree in the right place for the right reason' - but this needs to include forests planted for timber production.