Imagery: Panel Plus Co., Ltd.; EGGER Holzwerkstoffe

In addition to the production and distribution of the EGGER Group's products in Europe and America, where the family company is represented with a total of 22 production plants, the Asian market is playing an increasingly important role.

With the goal of further strengthening its own market position in Asia, the EGGER Group acquired a 25.1% stake in the Thai wood-based material manufacturer Panel Plus Co., Ltd. The purchase agreement was signed on 30 November 2023 and the closing took place on 3th January 2024. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price and further details of the transaction.

"As a significant growth market, Asia plays an important role in our strategic considerations," says Thomas Leissing, Chief Financial Officer EGGER Group and Speaker of the Group Management. "We have been considering expanding our presence there for some time now.

"In Panel Plus, we have found the ideal partner in this respect. Panel Plus has state-of-the-art production sites and a product portfolio that is perfectly tailored to regional requirements. We are convinced that we will benefit greatly from their local expertise and will be able to exploit further growth opportunities together. We are delighted with this strategic partnership."

Panel Plus Co., Ltd. was founded in 1990 and today produces a wide range of wood-based materials such as chipboard and MDF boards, both laminated and unlaminated. The main production plant is located in Hat Yai in the southern Thai province of Songkhla. There is a raw chipboard line, two MDF lines as well as in-house impregnation units and ten lamination lines.

A large proportion of the energy required comes from the company's own biomass power plants. Panel Plus has additional upgrading capacities at the production site in Samut Sakorn, Thailand, and two further upgrading facilities in Malaysia and Vietnam are currently under construction and will become operational in 2024. In total, approx. 800 employees at Panel Plus produce a total volume of 800,000 m3 wood-based materials per year. Panel Plus is a subsidiary of the Mitr Phol Group, a private group of companies whose main business areas include sugar production, renewable energy, and wood-based material production.

“From the very beginning, Panel Plus has been committed to innovative products and environmental consciousness," says Amporn Kanjanakumnerd, Chief Executive Officer Panel Plus Co., Ltd. "Creating added value, a zero-waste concept and sustainable growth was always our focus. We are excited to announce our strategic partnership with EGGER, one of the world’s largest wood-based materials manufacturers.

"This collaboration will enable us with a wide range of resources and capabilities with cutting-edge technology that we can utilise to better serve our customers. By combining EGGER’s deep industry knowledge and expertise with our own local innovative solutions, we are confident this new venture will be beneficial for our customers as we will leverage each other’s strengths with striving for excellence in our pursuit."