Swedish timber giant Södra broke its record for construction timber sales in its own market in April and May with the latter month seeing figures hit an all-time high.
Almost 275,000 cubic metres of construction timber were delivered, “a clear signal that the use of wood in building construction is increasing, which is positive for the whole of Sweden,” said President of the Södra Wood business Jörgen Lindquist.
The increase has remained stable since 2015, which was a record year for sales to the Swedish building trade. The year-on-year sales growth ranges from 12 – 15 per cent. The domestic market accounts for 35 per cent of the total market. It is the largest single buyer of Södra’s construction timber to industry and the building trade.
“Wood is ‘in’ – there’s no doubt about it, especially for the younger generation. Young people are becoming increasingly aware of long-term sustainability,” added Fredrik Gustavson, Sales Director of Södra Wood in Sweden and Denmark.
“We predict continued healthy sales throughout the year due to strong market conditions with low interest rates, a continuation of the tax rebate for home improvements and the major need for new homes.”