Fritz Egger Sr. set the foundation stone with his motto "Wood is far too valuable to simply throw away." In a trend-setting decision, he closed his sawmill in order to take a new path from then on: He wanted to refine wood scraps into a valuable product. On December 18, 1961, the first EGGER particleboard plant went into operation in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria. 60 years later, the EGGER Group has 20 plants in 10 countries, 24 international sales offices and more than 10,000 employees. The product range includes a comprehensive product portfolio of wood-based materials in matching decors and materials for furniture and interior design, for structural wood construction as well as for wood-based flooring. To this day, the values and visions of the founder are the basis of the company's business activities. "We make our decisions carefully. We operate sustainably and independently and invest what we have earned. We also believe in a handshake," says Fritz Egger. With this forward-looking and down-to-earth approach, growth is set to continue in the future.
On the occasion of the anniversary, the wood-based materials manufacturer presents a new, 13-minute corporate video. It tells the multi-faceted story of the EGGER Group and ventures a look into the past, present and future. The focus is on the perspectives of the employees. In addition to the owners and the Group Management, employees introduce the company and describe what makes EGGER special for them – from the first plant manager of the St. Johann site, Manfred Dittrich, to mechanical engineering apprentice Alexander Dorfer, from Russian quality manager Anastasiya Cherkasova to sales employee Roman Klejzerowicz from Poland. Employees from different areas and locations have their say. They are all united by the shared values within the Group and the enthusiasm for wood as a material. The video picks up on the themes that have always characterized the EGGER Group. These include: international growth, customer focus of products and services, responsible and transparent management, continuous innovation and development, diverse development opportunities for employees and the value of good partnerships.
The strong growth of the last decades, with plants in Central, Western and Eastern Europe as well as North and South America, brings with it a high degree of diversity. In the meantime, employees from 77 nations work at the various locations. They are all united by the ambition to provide innovative solutions for customers and to continuously develop them further. With this extraordinary commitment, together with corporate responsibility – oriented toward future generations – the successful path of the EGGER Group is to be continued in the next 60 years.