Kaamos Timber celebrates its 15th anniversary with new production line
In April 2019, Kaamos Timber and its sawmill in Vitebsk, Belarus turned 15 years old. Over these years, the company has grown into a sawmill with considerable capacity, becoming one of the major producers and exporters of sawn timber in Belarus. With a new sawmill line opened as part of its birthday celebrations, Vitebskaja Lesopilka is set to increase its annual production capacity by 15 percent to reach 250 000 m3 sawn wood.
Founded in 2002, the Kaamos Group is an Estonian capital-based company that operates in the area of property development, construction and sawmill industry. Kaamos Timber specializes in the production of sawn softwood timber. Employing 220 people it is one of the largest producers of sawn softwood timber in Belarus via its sawmill subsidiary Vitebskaja Lesopilka.
The company a “considerable partner” to the forestry sector buying sawlogs. A significant part of the raw material reaches the sawmill via railroad – around 400 000 m3 of logs or 8 000 wagons annually arrive by rail, although an increasing volume is being delivered by truck.
The last year was successful for the company, we crossed the 160 000 m3 limit in sawn timber production volume. We created 55 additional positions and our production volumes grew considerably. 93 percent of the entire sawmill production is exported. The main markets are Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, China, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. We have also started cooperating with Israeli and Japanese markets, said Tõnu Bergmann, Head of Kaamos Timber.
According to Bergmann, the strategy of Kaamos Timber is ambitious for the coming 5 years. A great way to celebrate the birthday was by opening a new and innovative sawline from Veisto that meets modern technological solutions.
We continue making the production cycles more effective, raising volumes and analyzing new directions. Launching the new saw line allows us to improve product quality and increase production volumes by nearly 15 percent. The aim for this year is to produce nearly 200 000 m3 of sawn timber and reach an annual production volume of 250 000 m3 in the coming years, said Tõnu Bergmann.