Medite Europe, the leading producer of MDF and part of Coillte’s Panel Products Division, has reached a significant production milestone with 7 million m3 of MDF panels produced in its Clonmel factory since it was established in 1983.

In addition, SmartPly Europe in Waterford, also part of Coillte Panel Products, has manufactured 4 million m3 of OSB, since it was set up in 1996.

This amounts to a substantial total of 11 million m3 of timber panel products produced in Ireland from Irish timber with an estimated value of €2.5bn. With 90% of these products exported, €2.25bn worth of timber panel products have been shipped from Ireland over the life of these plants to markets across the world.

Geoff Rhodes, Coillte Panel Product’s marketing and business development director said, “This is a fantastic achievement. With our international exports so high, this is a real success story for Ireland.”