Wednesday, 20 September 2000
Saône Project - new fine and finished MDF production lines in Creusot
The project to establish a new production line in the Creusot (Saône and Loire) plant is entering its final phase.
This project involves replacing the old hot press with a new 23.8 m line, with an annual capacity of 115 000 cubic metres, and the installation of a modern finishing line.
Work on the buildings and accesses is likely to occupy the 2nd half of 2000 so that the new lines can be installed in the 1st half of 2001. It is hoped that production will begin in the 3rd quarter of 2001.
Sonae Indústria is making a considerable investment in this project, amounting to around 200 million Francs.
This confirms our desire to strengthen the group's position in the fine particleboard market and in the European furniture industry.
Located in the very heart of Burgundy, less than 300 km from northern Italy, Switzerland and south of Germany, the Creusot factory is in a very favourable position vis-à-vis the regions that supply its timber, and
the most important markets.