Egger acquires first recycling centre in Italy

The Egger Group acquired a majority stake in the Italian recycling company Cartfer Urbania (Image: Egger)

The Egger Group has acquired 60% of shares in the recycling company Cartfer Urbania, based in Urbania, Italy, in the Marche region, at the heart of the Italian furniture industry.

The acquisition completed on 27 Mar 2024. The previous owner Sara Burani will remain part of the company management. The experienced team of eight employees will be taken over. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price and further details of the transaction.

This represents a further addition to the international network of recycling collection sites that the wood-based material manufacturer operates under the name Egger Timberpak.

This investment lays the foundation for the first recycling collection site in Italy. With the expansion of the group-wide collection infrastructure and recycled wood processing, Egger is pursuing its strategic goals of further increasing the proportion of wood used from recycling and securing the supply of raw materials with backward integration.

“Italy has an excellent recycling system. We can benefit greatly from this know-how thanks to our majority investment in Cartfer Urbania and the great expertise of its workforcem,” said Giuseppe Conti, plant manager finance and administration at the Caorso plant, emphasising the strategic contribution of the majority stake.

“Our chipboard plant in Caorso uses 100% recycled wood. We can now make the valuable resource that is recycled wood even more readily available for our production in that location.”

Cartfer Urbania has been a specialised recycling company since 2017. For more than five years, it has also been a reliable supplier to the Italian wood-based material manufacturer SAIB in Caorso, which has been part of the Egger Group since December 2022. This successful collaboration is now undergoing further intensification.

The Cartfer Urbania site also offers scope for future expansion investments. “I am proud that Cartfer Urbania has joined the large Egger family. This important step will allow our company to grow faster and to be able to face the upcoming challenges with more solidity. It is a great growth opportunity for all of us,” commented Burani, co-owner of Cartfer Urbania, on the mutual chances.

Currently, with the addition of Italy, Egger operates recycling collection sites in the UK, Germany, France, Romania, Poland, and the US. This network has also recently been successfully expanded in Poland: At the beginning of April 2024, Egger put a new Timberpak site in Gdańsk into operation, already the second one in Poland.

At these locations, recycled wood from the respective region is collected, sorted and pre-shredded for transport to the Egger plants. Final processing takes place there using special equipment. The result is a high-quality board material made from recycled raw materials: fully in line with the circular economy.