Swedish forestry industry group, Holmen, is investing an estimated SEK 50 million on a pressure treatment plant and a distribution warehouse for its Braviken sawmill, just outside Norrköping.
Opened in 2011, Braviken Sawmill now manufactures sawn and planed wood products in Spruce and Pine. Over the years, the mill has expanded in size and gained a new warehouse for its finished products. Having started out only sawing Spruce, in summer 2015 a strategic investment began with a view to broadening production to include Pine joinery timber, as well as enabling the manufacture of decking and joists for outdoor purposes.
“We want to offer our customers a broader range and the wood treatment plant is a natural next step. The plant will be highly automated, with scope for further development in the future,” says Johan Padel, CEO of Holmen Timber.
Making up a large part of what builders’ merchants sell in Sweden, treated wood is used for projects such as terraces, jetties and fencing. Pressure treatment gives the wood a longer life and minimises the risk of attack from wood-decaying fungi and insects.
“Demand for treated wood products is growing and with Braviken’s central location in a densely populated region, we have excellent opportunities to reach out to builders’ merchants with our expanded product range. The wood treatment plant is scheduled to be up and running from winter 2016/2017, so we expect to be able to deliver decking for next summer’s construction and DIY projects,” says Henrik Sjölund, President and CEO of Holmen.