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Scandinavian wood fiber producer opens new Norway factory. Hunton Fiber AS is transferring manufacture from one of two facilities in Poland to Oppland County, eastern Norway. The new factory for so-termed blown-in insulation will be located at Gjøvik. It will be the company’s second there. Despite the higher wages in Norway in comparison to Poland's, production director Runar Jakobsen says their relocation has several benefits.

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Scandinavian wood fiber producer opens new Norway factory

Published on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at 00:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th February 2014 at 07:27.

Hunton Fiber AS is transferring manufacture from one of two facilities in Poland to Oppland County, eastern Norway.

Hunton Fiber AS
This picture is of the company's present factory in Gjøvik. The second will create up to 40 new jobs.Hunton Fiber AS
Photo: Øyvind Holmstad/Wikimedia Commons


The new factory for so-termed blown-in insulation will be located at Gjøvik. It will be the company’s second there.

Despite the higher wages in Norway in comparison to Poland's, production director Runar Jakobsen says their relocation has several benefits.

“Transport costs are important”, he tells The Foreigner, “with each load having a fairly low value. But there’s also the environmental aspect. Transferring production to and transporting loads out from our new factory will result in lower CO2 emissions per volume,” he explains.

The production director adds that the choice of material is another factor for their decision to open the new facility in Gjøvik.

“Our wood fiber product is made from Norwegian spruce, and we’ve got a lot of those in Norway,” comments a cheerful Mr Jakobsen.

Blown-in insulation can be used to fill wall cavities in many types of existing properties for retro insulation, as well as new ones.

The technique involves drilling two holes, one near the ceiling and one near the floor. A technician uses a blower to force the material into the gap, and the hole is then sealed with plastic plugs, dry wall compound, or Spackle afterwards.

Hunton Fiber’s new facility will be built in two phases, with the first ready in 2015. The company’s move will create some 40 jobs in the region.

Over 100 work for the firm at present. According to the company, their most important markets are the Middle East, the UK, the Baltics, and Scandinavia. 40 to 50 per cent of the company’s sales are comprised of exports.

The some 125-year-old company saw increasing turnovers between 2005 and 2010, at 202 million and 277.6 million, respectively.

This went up to 305.3 million in 2012, and 313 million last year (sources: company-published figures, 180.no, and publication Nationen).

“We hope to have a turnover of about 200 million kroner per year at full capacity [from the new factory],” concludes Mr Jakobsen.



Published on Friday, 28th February, 2014 at 00:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th February 2014 at 07:27.

This post has the following tags: norwayindustry, insulation, co2.





  
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