Laminate manufacturer Kastamonu once again ramps up production. KommersantMedia
Laminate manufacturer Kastamonu once again ramps up production
Despite the long lull in the business sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kastamonu has set a course for the modernization and expansion, namely, this spring it launched its third laminate production line in Russia. As a result, the total volume of laminate produced by the company will now amount to 45 million square meters per year. Let us recall that Kastamonu Entegre has 18 enterprises in 7 countries: Russia, Turkey, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the United States. At the moment, the company ranks 6th in the world and 4th in Europe among the largest manufacturers of the wood processing industry. Kastamonu laminate flooring is available in 27 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
“Despite the global pandemic and difficult economic situation, we have decided to invest in expanding our production,” said Ali Kılıç, CEO of Kastamonu Russia. “In a short time frame, in just four months, we have managed to purchase necessary equipment, deliver it to the plant and start production of the final product. We will be able to significantly expand the geography of deliveries in Russia. In addition, there are plans to include new countries in export supplies.”
The new line will allow the company to increase its production of laminate of the 31st, 32nd and 33rd classes, as well as start the production of laminate of the 34th class. At the same time, such growth will not affect the quality of products, which, as before, will meet all established Russian and international standards. This applies to strength, wear resistance, and various environmental indicators – that is, key parameters of quality and safety of floor coverings.
Environmental friendliness of products and environmental care are special topics in the company's activities. Kastamonu works only with certified wood and has an eye out for raw materials to meet international standards, in particular the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In addition, large-scale forest restoration works are regularly carried out at the company's initiative. It is important that such works are comparable to logging in terms of their scope.
The main source of raw materials for the production of laminate in the Alabuga SEZ is the forestry fund of the Republic of Tatarstan. It is important that the plant receives only unmerchantable wood that is subject to sanitary logging: over-ripe, damaged and shrinking trees. Funds from the sales are also allocated to the maintenance of Russia's natural resources. “As early as at the construction stage of the enterprise, a fundamental decision was made – to use the world's leading practices in the field of minimizing environmental impact in the implementation of the project,” continues Ali Kılıç. “The entire technological process is designed in such a way as to ensure the maximum waste-free production and fully use raw materials coming to the plant. We pay special attention to such important factors as the reduction of formaldehyde and carbon dioxide emissions. All Kastamonu products compulsorily receive Russian and international certificates confirming compliance with permissible standards of formaldehyde content. In addition, company's plants use technologies that save water resources and reduce the carbon footprint.”
One of the important steps taken by Kastamonu within the framework of its participation in environmental initiatives was the organization of waste transportation for recycling and self-disposal. For example, the Tatarstan-based production site of the plant is equipped with a modern and efficient recycling system that allows the company to process a part of the wood waste directly at site and then direct the resulting energy to further support of production processes. In 2020, Kastamonu sent about 700 tons of waste for recycling, including about 300 tons of waste of polyethylene and plastic, paper and cardboard, as well as scrap of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. 130 thousand tons of wood waste were disposed of directly at the plant.
Getting back to the topic of quality and consumer properties of products, it is important to note that the work on the manufactured materials at Kastamonu is not limited only to compliance with technical and environmental standards. The development of design solutions is not less important, as it is an integral direction in the manufacturer's activity.
“The current expansion of production is a significant step to increase production volumes, moreover, the new line will become a platform for the production of laminate of the 34th class, which was not previously included in the company's range. But speaking about the technical strengthening of Kastamonu, we should not forget that we are constantly developing in the field of design solutions,” added Ali Kılıç.
Product managers, designers and other experts of the company responsible for the development of new products are constantly closely monitoring global trends in the industry and improving the model range. For example, today the company has more than 200 options for laminate flooring decors, more than 80 glossy Evogloss and Acrylic panels, and a decent selection of Technotop countertops. In 2016, Kastamonu became the leader in the export of laminate among all Russian manufacturers. Thanks to the opening of the plant, more than 930 jobs were created at the enterprise, and another 2,500 in related industries — logging, transportation, and furniture.
The group of companies of Kastamonu Entegre 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 Kastamonu Entegre amounts to €1.3 billion. The annual production of wood boards is 5 million m3, laminate flooring – 70 million m2.
Hayat Holding, which includes Kastamonu Entegre, was founded in 1937 and today consists of 41 companies in various business areas. Hayat unites brands such as Papia, Familia, Bingo, Molfix and many others.