Välinge announced that the company is further ramping up its capacity in Viken (Sweden) and setting up a mega-factory in Ogulin (Croatia) to meet the demand for hardened wood floors featuring Välinge’s Woodura and 5G Dry technologies.
Construction of the factory was initiated in 2020 by Välinge Innovation’s parent company, Pervanovo Invest AB. The first phase is scheduled to be operational by 2023 and all phases finalized and up and running in 2027. The Ogulin factory site will include a warehouse, press hall, process hall, powder production, energy station and offices.
Production of flooring featuring Woodura surface technology from the Viken and Ogulin factories will therefore ramp up incrementally, exceeding 20 million m2 in annual capacity upon completion.
“The demand for our hardened wood flooring with Woodura surface is increasing rapidly in all markets where we are active. The products are very well received as the Woodura technology enables to produce more out of less and make flooring products last longer,” says Niclas Håkansson, CEO, Välinge Innovation. “We can manufacture more square meters of flooring with a better performance than traditional build-ups. With the current situation, the flooring industry must change or raw material will just not be enough for the demand. With this in mind, in combination with the possibility to source the oak top layer from our sister company Bjelin in Croatia, we think the timing is right to increase capacity to meet the market demand.”