Construction is underway for Kebony’s second European factory in Flanders
A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place to mark the start of construction work at Kebony’s second factory in Belgium.
This milestone comes one year after Kebony announced that it had raised almost €20 million to build the new facility in Flanders.
Spanning two hectares the factory will initially produce 20,000m3 of Kebony wood each year. However, if required an additional two hectares of land can be developed enabling the workforce to double with the potential to increase output to 40,000m3.
The plant is located next to the site of the chemical company LANXESS, at the Scheldt Chemical and Industrial Park (ScCIP) in Kallo, which will deliver utilities and site services to its new neighbour.
The new factory, which will boost the Belgian economy and create 25 local jobs, will be in the vicinity of Kebony’s machining partner, Rudy De Keyser, in Kruibeke and Kebony has confirmed agreements already with several wood retail companies through the master importer Martens Hout in Antwerp and Limburg.
Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. The process permanently modifies the wood cell walls giving Kebony premium, hardwood characteristics, resulting in significantly improved durability and structural stability.
Christian Jebsen, CEO of Kebony, said: “On behalf of Kebony and our dedicated investors, we are thrilled construction is now underway and look forward to the start of production. With increasing demand for our environmentally friendly, high-performance wood, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Kebony.”