In Gromadka, three large production plants are scheduled to start operations at the turn of 2022/2023: two for flexible wood fibre insulation mats with a production capacity of over 1 million m3/year, one for stable wood fibre insulation boards with one of 0.5 million m3/year from the dry process. The possibility of a further expansion of this plant to double its production capacity has already been taken into account in the plans. The Gromadka site is conveniently located 70 km east of Görlitz on the Polish A4 motorway. The site is part of a former airport that is currently being converted into an industrial estate. It was acquired by STEICO in November 2020.
With this investment, STEICO aims to secure long-term supply in the rapidly growing market for wood fibre insulation materials. In the short term, two new production facilities at existing locations are to go into operation for this purpose before the end of the fourth quarter of 2021: one for stable wood fibre insulation boards from the dry process with a production capacity of 250,000 m3/year in Casteljaloux, France, and one for stable wood fibre insulation boards from the wet process with a production capacity of 135,000 m3/year in Czarna Woda, Poland.
In recent months, targeted investments have already significantly increased production capacities for the flexible wood fibre insulation batts STEICOflex and for air injected insulation.