Swedish VIDA is investing in Valutec's continuous kilns for six of the group’s sawmills. The investment totals more than Euro 10 million. It will increase the annual drying capacity by around 400,000 m3 (169.5 million board feet), while streamlining energy consumption and raising drying quality.All kilns will be in operation in 2022.
The current investment comprises a total of six continuous kilns, namely FB continuous kilns for the sawmills in Alvesta, Tranemo, Vimmerby and Vislanda, an OTC model for the sawmill in Bruza, and VIDA's first TC model in Borgstena.
All of the continuous kilns are supplied with Valutec's new Valmatics 4.0 control system. Valmatics 4.0 is the only control system to combine simulator technology with adaptive control, enabling the simultaneous optimization of capacity, quality and energy consumption.
Vida is a global supplier of manufactured products from sustainable Swedish forests. The group employs 1,250 people in 22 production plants, including twelve sawmills. Production is mainly focused on structural timber for a number of global markets. 75% of Vida’s sawn wood products are exported to Europe, USA, Australia, Africa and Asia. 2019 Canadian Canfor, one of the world’s largest producers of sawn wood products, became the majority shareholder in VIDA.