Holmen investing in increased production at Bråviken sawmill

31-10-2018
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Holmen’s Bråviken sawmill in Östergötland, Sweden, was opened in 2011 and has since been expanded in several stages, most recently with the addition of a new wood treatment plant which was taken into use in spring 2018. The next step in the mill's development is now being taken with an investment in dryers and a new trimming saw for sorting.

“We are already in a strong position in the wood products market and we have constantly strengthened our range for builders’ merchants. It makes sense now to use a larger proportion of our saw capacity by increasing production by 150,000m³. The fact that we are able to do this using logs from our own forest in northern Sweden and with only marginally higher staffing levels, was crucial in reaching this decision,” said Johan Padel, Senior Vice President, Wood Products.

The new dryers and trimming saw are expected to come into operation in 2020. After the investment, Holmen’s total production of wood products will increase to just over one million m³. The raw material for the increase in production will come from Holmen’s own forest holdings in northern Sweden and will be transported by rail.

“Holmen’s strength in being an industrial company with its own forest is becoming increasingly clear. Expanding capacity in Bråviken and simultaneously establishing a climate-smart and cost-effective rail-based transport solution enables us to expand our operations while retaining good control of the raw material,” added Henrik Sjölund, Holmen’s President and CEO.


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