Steve Rogel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser, has paid a morale boosting visit to the company’s newly acquired European operations of Willamette.

And during the flying visit he liked what he saw at the renamed Weyerhaeuser Mediland MDF and Weyerhaeuser Darbo chipboard plants.

A US$23m investment at Darbo has doubled capacity – this includes 150,000m3 of melamine-faced particleboard from a newly-installed production line.

An overhaul of Mediland’s press and ancillary systems has resulted in increased output and reduced delivery times. And meanwhile the Medite MDF plant at Clonmel will see its US$39m press production line come into operation later this year.

Geoff Rhodes, marketing and sales director of Weyerhaeuser Europe, said: “The opportunity for the European activities to present their operations directly to the head of the organisation so soon after the takeover was very welcome. We have a very good story to tell and there is a lot of confidence for continuing success.”