Major production technology has been incorporated into the process from pre-production through to finishing. Raw material is stored and rotated in new silos and in-feed into the plant is fully automated.

The T&G line for P5 flooring has been replaced with a new line which is capable of making particleboard and OSB T&G for flooring. Space has been cleared for the anticipated 50m long continuous OSB line and all the rawboard lines feed automatically into the melamine department, which comprises four presses. This has doubled Chirk’s melamine facing capacity.

“The aim of the investment and redevelopment of the Chirk factory is to double the size of the business, both in terms of turnover and capacity, while keeping to the same number of employees." The company stated, "One of Kronospan’s strengths is the ability to draw products from other sites, which is now evident than at Chirk, as it is supplying OSB to its UK customers by importing from sister factories.”