Protest accompanies Falco investment inauguration

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Tuesdayʼs inauguration of a new HUF 6.2 billion laminating plant of Hungarian wood-based panel producer Falco in Szombathely was greeted by protests from locals against alleged pollution, news agency MTI reported. The company also installed two lines of modern laminating equipment that will gradually replace four old ones.

The development is foreseen to increase the plantʼs annual capacity to 46 million square meters of wood-based paneling. The company has spent a combined HUF 34.85 bln on investments over the past nine years, including HUF 31.85 bln from internal funds, Chairman of the Board Tibor Novák was reported as saying. 

The inauguration was reported to have been accompanied by a demonstration of locals against air and noise pollution they claim the company has caused. Protestors have collected more than 8,000 signatures in Szombathely demanding that Falco should immediately start installing promised filtration equipment, according to MTI.

Falco recently made a commitment to install filtration machines at its particleboard (chipboard) factory in Szombathely for HUF 8 bln, MTI reported the chairman as saying. Novák also stressed that Falco recently spent HUF 65 million on installing a measuring station to monitor pollution.

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