Södra to build pilot CLT facility to “test the market”

Södra softwood lumber

Swedish forestry company Södra will build a new cross laminated facility at Värö. The facility will have an annual capacity of about 5,000 cubic metres per shift. It will employ up to five new workers between 2018 and 2019 to operate the new factory. Production is scheduled to start in May 2019.

Equipment will be supplied by Ledinek, a package that includes feeding, finger-jointing, saw, sorting, stacking, gluing, pressing and CNC milling equipment.

The new facility is meant to be a pilot study to learn more about the product and market, said Fredrik Gellerstedt, sales manager of the CLT project.

Södra is focusing its business development on sustainable timber construction and wants to be part of this growing market. The investment is an important part of Södra’s strategic objective to build long-term relationships across the value chain.

Värö was chosen for its strategic location. It is close to the Nordic high-growth regions and accessible to the UK and other international destinations. Södra’s pulp mill and sawmill are also located there. The new facility will share the existing infrastructure and energy resources.