August 31, 2017
Södra is investing in a small facility for cross-laminated timber (CLT) adjacent to Södra’s sawmill at Värö in Sweden. The plans include a future investment in a larger facility, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
“Södra is focused on increasing the use of sustainable timber construction and wants to take part, and to stake out a position, in this growing market. Production is scheduled to commence in early 2019. The facility will have an annual capacity of about 5,000 cubic metres per shift,” said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.
An extensive project has been ongoing for 12 months to improve and develop the profitability of Södra’s existing sawmills. At the same time, the best type of timber engineering for Södra’s structure, position and various markets has been under assessment.
The location at Värö has been strategically chosen for its proximity to several Nordic high-growth regions, and the ease of shipping to both the UK and other international destinations. The facility will be co-located with Södra’s pulp mills and sawmills for access to green electricity and completed infrastructure. The investment is expected to require several new recruitments.