|Ulrike Sattler: We expanded our market share in furniture and interior design, we were able to increase our turnover by 16 per cent. Unfortunately, we were not able to benefit much from this trend with our EGGER Building Products. EGGER generated turnover of EUR 167 million in this segment (previous year: EUR 186 million). Here the key difference was the decrease in the cutting volume due to the log wood price. With a turnover of nearly EUR 348 million (previous year: EUR 329 million), the EGGER Retail Products division also contributed to the increase in turnover with nearly 6 per cent.
EGGER expanded its chipboard plant in Rambervillers, France with a next-generation lamination line and a warehouse with an area of 11,500m2 (123,785 square feet) in 2011/2012. The British plant in Hexham commissioned a new impregnation line, a new air purification system and a new short-cycle lamination line. Next to the OSB plant, the company’s own resin production and a new impregnation line were also constructed in Radauti (RO). The laminate plant in Gifhorn (DE) increased the capacity there by one-fifth with a new line. “We are planning investments for the growth and maintenance of our plants in 2012/13 as well, even though on a smaller scale compared to the previous year.
The company is currently building a new visitor forum at the plant in Brilon (DE) with a presentation area of 3.100m2 (33,368 square feet), modelled after the forum at headquarters in St. Johann in Tirol. Conference and training facilities as well as offices are also part of the project. The Brilon Forum is constructed using the standardised modular system used at the Radauti administration building and the TechCenter in Unterradlberg.