In the two years since Kastamonu opened the woodworking site in Tatarstan, Russia, the company made it to the TOP-3 laminate flooring suppliers to the Russian domestic market and managed to get a stable position on the Russian market.
Turkish wood-based panel giant has produced and shipped over 13 million m2 of laminate flooring since the beginning of 2016. The second line of the Tatarstan plant raised the projected capacity up to 35 million m2 of laminate flooring per year.
CEO of Kastamonu Marketing and Trade Cenk Büyüktosun said that despite the general downward trend on the flooring market, the company started to see laminate flooring market growth again in 2016. He added that Kastamonu continues to increase the site production in Russia and expand the sales territory.
At the moment, Kastamonu's Russian site has 3 laminate flooring lines whose combined capacity comes up to 35 million m2 of end goods per year.
Kastamonu also produced its first MDF sample at its second MDF-line in Alabuga, Russia. The woodworking site in Alabuga will produce over 1 million m3 MDF boards per year, as reported by the company back in July.
With the launch of the second line of production, Kastamonu's total investments in Alabuga will amount to US$ 600 million. The Kastamonu Alabuga facility uses only low-grade wood: deadwood, damaged trees, windbreak. The need for low-grade wood is caused by the technological process itself. Four tree species are used in the production: birch, aspen, pine and lime.
Kastamonu specializes in the production of MDF and particleboard panels, laminate flooring, door linings, and furniture panels. It is ranked among the Top-5 European woodworking companies with an annual turnover of over US$ 1 billion.