SWISS KRONO Kft. Officially Inaugurated: Start of OSB Production

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29. November 2016 | Successful Inauguration Event with 150 Guests and Extensive Media Coverage

The ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ines Kaindl, Dr Lászlo Szabó and Sándor Filep marked the official start of production by SWISS KRONO Kft.

SWISS KRONO officially launched Hungary’s only OSB production plant, one of Europe’s most advanced, in Vásárosnamény on November 9, 2016 together with 150 invited guests. The event, which attracted considerable attention from the media, took place in an elaborately decorated warehouse against the background of dramatically illuminated OSB products.


The first OSB board was produced in June 2016. And now the new OSB plant has also been officially inaugurated. Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the SWISS KRONO GROUP Ines Kaindl, Hungarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Dr László Szabó and Sándor Filep, the Mayor of Vásárosnamény, together cut the red ribbon to celebrate the official launch of production of SWISS KRONO OSB bright, a new SWISS KRONO product. Besides Dr Szabó and Mr Filep, the guests of honour included Róbert Ésik, President of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), and Urs Brönnimann, First Counsellor and Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Swiss Embassy in Budapest.


Opening Speech by Chairwoman of the Board of Directors Ines Kaindl


In her speech, Ines Kaindl stressed the enormously important role that the new Hungarian facility will play in future: “We are very pleased to have found a way to revive this location and to resume production in Vásárosnamény. With his decision to invest in Hungary a second time, my father is sending a strong message: namely, that he believes in this site and especially in the people here.” She thanked the governments of the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg and Hajdú-Bihar counties, the Hungarian National Directorate General for Disaster Management and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency for speedily and flexibly providing state subsidies and the required permits.


Generous Donation for New Lighting System in the Municipal Sports Hall


Mayor Sándor Filep was very grateful and pleased to accept a cheque for six million forint (equivalent to 20,000 euros) from Ms Kaindl as a donation for the municipal sports hall in Vásárosnamény, which is used by local and regional sports clubs. Schools also use it, and it is available to the town’s residents for playing football, handball and table tennis. In addition, the hall serves as a venue for sports league competitions. SWISS KRONO’s donation will be spent on a new lighting system of the kind that is required for these.


Plant Tour for Guests and Open House in the Afternoon


After the ceremony with speeches by Ms Kaindl, Dr Szabó and Mr Filep, all of the invited guests were taken on a tour of the plant to acquaint them with the state-of-the-art Siempelkamp system, an eighth-generation ContiRoll®. That afternoon there was also an open house that around 500 guests of all ages took advantage of to take a look behind the scenes and witness OSB boards being produced in this large, modern plant.


We would like to thank the many guests who attended the event, and hope that their day in the new plant was just as pleasurable and fascinating as it was for us. We are now looking optimistically into the future. Production of SWISS KRONO OSB bright is proceeding according to plan, and we are now concentrating on developing new markets and steadily increasing our output.


More information on the build up of the new plant is available in the construction diary.

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