Koskisen group is planning an extensive sawmill investment in Järvelä, Finland. The planned investment is valued at an estimated Euro 35–40 million. The intention is to make the investment decision during 2020, and the new mill would start operations in 2022.

Koskisen to invest in Järvelä sawmill in Finland

Koskisen to invest in Järvelä sawmill in Finland

Koskisen group is planning an extensive sawmill investment in Järvelä, Finland. The planned investment is valued at an estimated Euro 35–40 million. The intention is to make the investment decision during 2020, and the new mill would start operations in 2022. 

The new sawmill annual capacity is 365,000 m3. The new sawmill will also clearly improve productivity and yield by new equipment and digitalisation solutions. The investment will enable the utilisation of a broader range of log diameters in sawmilling, which will lead to larger volumes of wood being used in applications that sequester carbon for a longer period of time. After the second phase, annual production can be ramped up to 500,000 m3. 

The planned investment will increase Koskisen’s export revenues by as much as Euro 40 million a year. A significant part of this growth will improve well-being in the Päijät-Häme region through the payment of salaries, wood purchases and the use of contracting services.

The investment project will involve moving the sawmilling operations next to finishing and further processing, 4 kilometres away from the current location. This will create synergies in production and significantly reduce the emissions from the sawmill’s internal logistics. 

“Our mechanical wood processing cluster and further processing capacity integrated into the sawmilling process in Järvelä are the largest in Finland. Together with more efficient sawing, we will be able to meet the growing demand for wood products better than before. The new site could well be called a mechanical biorefinery; we manufacture panel products and sawn timber, i.e. essentially carbon sinks that capture and store carbon for decades in long-term end uses. The process produces multiple other fractions that can be used as raw materials by manufacturers of bio-based products and as bio-fuel by energy suppliers,” says Tommi Sneck, Director of Koskisen’s Sawn Timber Industry.

For the project to become reality, additional studies are still required in areas such as improving the infrastructure conditions in Järvelä, obtaining the environmental permit and securing financing. 

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