KASTAMONU Increases Output of Products Made of PEFC-Certified Raw Materials
In the first quarter of 2019, the KASTAMONU wood processing plant in the Alabuga SEZ increased the output of products made of PEFC-certified raw materials. Since the start of production, the company has also been actively cooperating with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is the guarantor of the legal origin of wood used in the production.
Today the average monthly board production of PEFC-certified raw materials at the KASTAMONU plant is more than 20% higher than the board production of FSC-certified raw materials.
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certifiation sihemes) is a voluntary confirmation of compliance, providing guarantees that wood products are made of objectively certified wood in accordance with the European criteria and requirements.
Being a responsible forest user, KASTAMONU not only undergoes the environmental certification, but also works regularly with suppliers of raw materials, encouraging them to be more actively involved in this process.
“KASTAMONU is not engaged in logging and purchasing raw materials from certified suppliers only it encourages others to undergo this certification”, said Ali Kılıç, General Director of KASTAMONU in Russia. “Due to this work, today the forestry enterprises of Tatarstan, which supply raw materials for the KASTAMONU plant, have FSC certificates – it means that in parallel with logging they carry out reforestation works in the volumes that exceed logging. At the same time, an important advantage of the PEFC RUSSIA system is its full compliance with the national legislation of the Russian Federation and its international obligations aimed at the rational use, conservation and restoration of forest resources”.
KASTAMONU was established in 1969 as a part of the HAYAT holding. The company specializes in the manufacturing of MDF wood boards, particleboards, laminate flooring, door skin panels, and glossy panels. The consolidated turnover of the company amounts to €1.3 billion. The annual production of wood boards is 5 million m3, laminate flooring – 70 million m2. KASTAMONU has 19 plants in 7 countries. It enters the top five largest companies in the wood processing industry in Europe.