Raute signs €20m contract of veneer production equipment with AmberBirch

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Raute Corporation has signed a contract worth €20m with AmberBirch, a company based in Latvia, for the technology delivery of a birch veneer production plant expansion of 60,000m3 of annual capacity.

The order for Raute’s technology includes all main production processes of veneer production: log handling line, veneer peeling line, and veneer drying and grading line, visual and moisture analyzers with extensive service package and MillSIGHTS MIS-software.

Raute reported that the lines are of the latest, most automated R7-Series technologies. Engineering work for the plant is already ongoing.

The ordered machinery and equipment will be delivered between the end of 2024 and the beginning of 2025. They will be manufactured at Raute’s production units in Lahti and Kajaani in Finland, and in the company’s partnership network.

This new plant, which will be in full operation in 2025, will expand AmberBirch’s veneer product assortment enabling the company to enter new market segments and better serve the needs of existing customers with a wide range of high-quality veneer products.

New production capacity also creates a competitive production platform on which new strategic product lines can be developed to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the EU engineered wood product market.

“Raute is our long-term technology partner, and its world leading veneer production technology is a critical part of the successful AmberBirch business model. With this new investment we enter the next stage of hopefully even more fruitful cooperation,” said Karlis Kavass, board member at AmberStone Group.

AmberStone Group holds investments in medical, hospitality, agriculture, construction, and wood processing sectors in Latvia and Estonia. AmberBirch is 100% owned subsidiary of AmberStone Group, operating a birch veneer plant in Jēkabpils region, Latvia.

“We are very pleased to support AmberBirch in their important investment with our complete, one-stop-solution. We will provide our latest innovations and look forward to continuing our long-term partnership,” said Mika Saariaho, CEO of Raute.