Martinsons looks to the future with new CLT line

From left: Lars Martinson, CEO, Martinsons; Magdalena Andersson, County Governor; Björn Sprängare, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Image: Patrick Degerman

Sweden-based engineered wood producer Martinsons is now capable of manufacturing high-storey panels up to a width of three metres.

The new cross-laminated timber (CLT) production line launched in Bygdsiljum, Sweden, on March 30.

“This is an extremely timely investment, as timber construction has now achieved a breakthrough. CLT is in great demand, and this is helping Martinsons to take up a position at the very forefront of the sector,” says Björn Sprängare, Chairman of Martinsons’ Board of Directors.

Martinsons has been manufacturing CLT since 2003 and is still the only Swedish producer of the material. The new production line will increase Martinsons’ capacity for construction elements to an impressive 22,000 m3 per year. 

The use of CLT has increased sharply over the past year because it meets the growing need for time-efficient and simple building processes. New energy performance measurements that the Swedish environmental consultancy company Tyréns has performed on two apartment blocks with a CLT frame, Strandparken in Stockholm, also showed that energy consumption in wooden buildings is lower than was previously thought. 

“This is further proof of what a fantastic material we are working with. We know that wood is unbeatable when it comes to sustainability. Alongside the rational qualities such as rapid building processes, this is something that is becoming increasingly important in construction projects within both the private and the public sector,” says Lars Martinson, CEO of Martinsons. 

The County Governor, Magdalena Andersson, also attended the inauguration. She emphasised the importance of resource-efficient processes and sustainable materials to address the housing shortage while achieving climate neutrality by 2050. 

“In order to reach both of these goals, we need timber and timber construction. When it comes to industrial methods, wood is the material that has come furthest,” says Magdalena Andersson.

“It is now possible to build a five-storey building out of wood in just 10 weeks.”