EYXYLON – pellet production from wood processing residues
In response to increasing demand for wood fuel, a wood processing company in Greece, used support from the LEADER measure to set up a new pellet production line.
The company EYXYLON was established in 2003 and focuses on wood processing. It is based in a mountainous settlement located in Grevena in the Region of Western Macedonia (Northern Greece). For many years, the company was mainly focused on processing Pinus Negra wood to produce timber to be used in building elements, furniture, floors etc.
In recent years, wood pellets have become a niche-market in Greece as people are turning to more affordable fuels for domestic use, and wood pellets are very much in demand due to their cost efficiency. In order respond to this market need, the company set up a pellet production facility using support from the LEADER measure to purchase and install the necessary equipment.
The project was completed in 2018 and the production plant is in its third year of operation. The manufactured product which amounts between 2 to 2.5 thousand tonnes per year is marketed in the Region of Western Macedonia.
The product is appreciated by customers because of its high calorific value, the low moisture and low ash residues, and it is gaining an increasing market share compared to imported pellets.