Austrian wood panel manufacturer Egger which has UK plants in Hexham and Barony, has increased its OSB manufacturing capacity for the UK Timber Frame Market.
Egger UK specification manager, Dan Clarke, said the company is committed in the long-term to supplying the Timber Frame sector in the UK.
Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is an engineered, mat-formed panel product made of strands, flakes or wafers sliced and bonded under heat and pressure. It is used in commercial and residential construction and renovation, packaging/crating, furniture and shelving, and do-it-yourself projects.
Clarke added: “Because we have state-of-the-art Conti-Roll production systems we are able to manufacture high-quality OSB boards where the strand orientation can be optimised to produce panels which are stronger, and more stable to help reduce any movement caused by moisture in the environment, resulting in fewer issues on site.
“If required, we also have the technology to supply our customers with larger sized OSB panels which are over 6m in length. When the boards are used as Sips panels they can significantly reduce installation times.”
The company manufactures OSB in Germany and Romania which is supplied to the UK market through Egger’s two distribution hubs based in Perth, Scotland and The Port of Seaham in North East England, both allowing mixed load distribution.
Egger has invested more than £200m in its Hexham site over the past six years, and last year unveiled an engineering facility and training academy in Hexham, Northumberland .
With 17 manufacturing sites in seven European countries, the Egger group has more than 7,000 employees and a £2bn turnover. Hexham was the Austrian company’s first foreign investment and, 30 years later, remains a key part of the group’s operation.