EGGER (UK) Limited welcomed Scotland’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP, on Monday 18th June to mark 20 years of production at its Ayrshire plant. EGGER’s Barony factory in Auchinleck is East Ayrshire’s largest manufacturing employer and was purpose built by the EGGER Group in 1998. It employs over 130 people making high-quality products for homes from chipboard and operates for 24 hours every day of the year.
Mr Russell’s visit follows two highly successful Open Days at the site, designed to allow the local community to find out more about EGGER and its Auchinleck plant - and to celebrate 20 years of production.
Mr Russell said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting this country’s flourishing forestry and wood processing sector, including modern manufacturing plants like EGGER in Auchinleck.
“Last week new statistics confirmed that 80% of new UK tree planting took place in Scotland and that the rate of tree planting is increasing steadily. It's essential that this continues to provide raw material that is vital to the on-going success of EGGER and other world-leading companies which manufacture added value products from Scottish wood.”
Since 1998, EGGER at Auchinleck, has continued to significantly invest in its operations. This includes multi-million pound investments in a recycling plant, a chipboard production line upgrade, a pre-drier installation and an engineering building upgrade to include a purpose-built apprentice training facility for early years apprentices to learn their trade in an isolated and safe environment.