Bjelin to Build Croatia Factory to Produce Hardwood Utilizing Woodura Tech
Viken, Sweden, April 9, 2021-Välinge licensee and sister company, Bjelin, will build a mega-factory in Croatia for wood flooring based on Woodura technology.
Bjelin- owned by Välinge majority shareholder, Pervanovo Invest AB -has recently begun construction of the world’s largest wood flooring factory in Ogulin, Croatia, for the production of flooring featuring Woodura surface technology under licence from Välinge Innovation.
“I am very pleased that after 10 years of hard and very costly development work we are finally ready to scale up our powder-based production considerably in order to introduce a new wood flooring generation that is more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly - in the same way as the three-layer parquet was when it was invented and introduced in 1945 by the Swedish companies Kährs and Tarkett,” says Darko Pervan, CEO, Pervanovo Invest AB. “The positive market response gives us the confidence to make a major investment in production in Croatia where we have high-quality oak material and skilled workers.”
The new factory is located on a 330,000 m2 plot of land adjacent to the highway between Zagreb and Split and comprises 100,000 m2 of buildings. CapEx for land, machinery, and buildings is estimated to be approximately €200 million.
Bjelin's primary investor is the Christiansen family that owns Lego toys.