A SENIOR MSP has hailed EGGER chiefs for the central role their "drive and enthusiasm" is playing in helping Scotland transition to net zero. 

Mairi McAllan, the Environment Minister, praised staff and told of the importance of timber during a recent visit to the firm's Barony factory in East Ayrshire. 

The Auchinleck site is a modern chipboard production and wood recycling plant and employs around 100 people locally. 

While on the tour, Ms McAllan heard about Egger's expansion and net zero plans for the future and how staff, and the wider forestry sector, are making a tangible contribution to Scotland’s economy.

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Speaking after the visit, Ms McAllan said: “My visit to EGGER was really interesting and it was great to hear the enthusiasm and drive that senior managers have in expanding the company in the coming years. 

“Meeting the apprentices was also a highlight. They have entered a fantastic sector which is set to grow as we work to tackle the climate and nature emergencies. I wish them all the very best with their careers.

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“Wood panel manufacture and bioenergy are both important elements of a resilient forestry sector – and central to a just transition to net zero in Scotland.

“We are encouraging a greater use of domestic timber and I am keen to see closer engagement between the forest and construction sectors. I am pleased that EGGER is very much engaged in this and are very active in marketing the benefits of wood products.”