Posted June 19, 2018
Junnikkala Ltd. is growing its sawn wood production in Kalajoki, Finland, and increasing the drying capacity by acquiring the first TC continuous kiln in Finland and installing X-ray scanners on its segregation lines within its sawmills, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
The upcoming drying facility is the only one in Finland which allows users to combine different types and lengths of wood. The works of the drying facility will begin in the summer, equipment deliveries will arrive in October and the new drying facility will be in operation in March 2019. And as result of the investment, the combined production volume of Kalajoki and Oulainen sawmills will rise to over 400,000 cubic meters.
TC continuous kiln will enable more flexible production and increase the total drying capacity at the sawmill in Kalajoki, where it will replace older drying plants.
The company will also renew the shredding by installing X-ray instruments on the log sorting lines at the Oulu sawmill in August and Kalajoki in September. Because the X-ray measurement enables precise bark measurement, we can make better use of the raw material. Considering the smaller tree structure in our area, we can measure the parts of a different tree trunk more precisely and Junnikkala can take advantage of the special sizes and treetops available.
Valutec Ltd. supplies the canal dryer to Junnikkala Oy and the indicators are supplied by the Finnish Limab Ltd.
Junnikkala has two sawmills and total annual production of just under 400,000 cubic metres (170,000 MBF).