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New Euronit Factory Opens
July 29, 2009 By A.R.    
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Euronit, one of Poland's largest manufacturers of concrete roofing tiles, officially opened a new factory in Chojnice in the Kashubia region in June. The project is worth a total of about zl.60 million.

The Chojnice factory is already making two models of basic roofing tiles and seven specialist models. The new facility is part of extensive development planned by Euronit's owner, the multinational corporation Etex Group. This is the company's second factory in Poland (the other one is in Olkusz, Małopolska province) and one of the Etex Group's most advanced facilities.

The factory has two high-efficiency production lines. The one making basic roofing tiles has a capacity of up to 140 tiles per minute. Apart from seven kinds of shaped roofing tiles, the other line also makes ridge tiles for both profiles. The new factory has an annual capacity of 10 million roofing tiles today, but this will ultimately grow to 30 million tiles per year. The factory's location in northern Poland will facilitate the company's expansion in this part of the country.

The factory lies within the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, 120 km from Gdańsk and 80 km from Bydgoszcz. When the location was being chosen, 30 towns in northern Poland were considered. Chojnice won thanks to easy access to quality materials for tile making, a qualified work force as well as the assistance and commitment of the local authorities.

At present the Chojnice factory employs 26 people, but within a year employment will grow to 36 people working in a two-shift system.

"We have confidence in the Polish market's potential," says Waldemar Kantczak, sales director at Euronit Sp. z o.o. "Despite the difficulties faced by our sector, we have not withdrawn from investing in Chojnice. We are increasing our production capacity and will continue to expand our range to include products and components from new market segments. Good products will always find buyers. The crisis won't last forever, either. New homes are needed all the time, not to mention all the asbestos roofs that need replacing. The construction sector will spread its wings again," he adds.

The development plans assume increasing Euronit's share of Poland's concrete roofing tile market; today the company is second on the market. Production of roofing tiles for the domestic market will grow and exports to Central and Eastern European markets will increase. Apart from roofing tiles, Euronit offers comprehensive fiber-cement systems for roofs and exterior walls and structural panels for a wide range of applications.

Euronit has been on the Polish market since 1998, and is part of the Etex Group founded in Belgium in 1905. Besides Euronit, the group's Polish operations also include Creaton Polska Sp. z o.o., a manufacturer of ceramic roofing tiles. Euronit's core business is the production and sale of concrete roofing tiles, but the company also offers other kinds of roofing tiles, cladding and construction panels and many other products.
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