SCM’s AREA XL takes centre stage at official opening of Russia’s first CLT production plant

The spotlights shine on Sokol-Segezha Group, the first large-scale industrial production plant of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels in Russia, with SCM as a technological partner.

The new plant of the company, specialising in the production of modern house-building materials, was launched in Sokol, in the Vologda region, and includes AREA XL, the new five-axis CNC machining centre designed and manufactured by SCM for the industrial production of large-format CLT panels.

AREA XL is a new giant for the wood construction industry that is integrated in the production line. It allows the production of construction elements for wooden buildings from glued panels, cutting windows and doors, making holes for outlets and wiring. As a result, all that is needed is the assembly of the finished house, which significantly speeds up construction time.

High productivity, power and precision are the main advantages of this new CNC machining centre. It was designed taking into consideration some specific requirements in the processing of large format CLT panels, such as process automation in the work piece handling and referencing phases, heavy-duty stock removal, as well as cleaning and safety of the work area.

Sokol Woodworking Plant (S-DOK) is the largest one in the European part of Russia. It has been a part of the group of companies since September 2014. In the late 1980s, S-DOK was the first in the country to master the production technology of glued beams and house-kits from it. Currently, it is the Russian leader in the production of glued structural beams. S-DOK ranks first in Russia for the production of house-kits made of laminated veneer lumber. Its capacity is about 90 000 m³. Now Sokol SLT and Sokol Woodworking Plant will be able to join forces for a whole range of complex orders.

While some of Sokol CLT’s products are already reserved for foreign partners, Segezha Group plans to actively develop the Russian domestic market. So, next year, together with Etalon Group (also part of AFK Sistema), the company plans to start building Russia’s first multi-storey building using CLT panels in Moscow.

On 25 February, the official inauguration of the plant was attended by Yuri Vorobiev, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Oleg Kuvshinnikov, Governor of the Vologda Region; and Nikolai Shmatkov, Director of FSC Russia. Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, also joined the opening ceremony in the online format.