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Södra completes Långasjö sawmill upgrade investment

Swedish forest owners association Södra’s investment of SEK 100 million (≈ EUR 10.1 million) in its Långasjö sawmill in southern Sweden has now been completed. The investment means that a totally new saw line will be in operation as of November. Next year, production at the facility will increase by almost 30 percent.

Magnus Algotsson in front of the new saw line at Södra Wood Långasjö (photo courtesy Södra).

Announced earlier this year, the Långasjö investment will increase the sawmill’s annual production capacity from 280 000 m³ to 360 000 m³ sawn wood, corresponding to 15 more logging trucks per day. To achieve this goal, the old small-diameter timber saw line has been replaced by a new profiling circular saw line, which means that sawing will be carried out with a circular blade instead of a band blade.

The new saw line will create a more efficient flow with higher precision. This will enable an even higher yield from the forest raw material in a shorter period of time, said Magnus Algotsson, Mill Manager, Södra Wood Långasjö.

A 100 percent spruce mill, the facility produces panelling and cross beams, but also painted products, and demand in this product category has grown every year since 2013. Deliveries are mainly made to the Netherlands and Sweden, two markets where pressure on construction timber is high.

The high demand for Swedish construction timber is very positive. More and more people are seeing the advantages of using timber as a construction material.  Utilising wood’s ability to absorb CO₂ as both a raw material in the forest and as a finished product benefit all of society, said Magnus Algotsson.

In addition to the new saw line, a new stacker, wood dryer and timber warehouse of 8,000 m² have been built. The investment will create 25 new jobs at Långasjö.

About Södra Wood

Södra Wood, the solid wood products division of Södra produces 1.9 million m³ of sawn wood annually, of which 1.3 million m³ is subject to further processing and a range of wood products for indoor use, such as mouldings, panelling and flooring, with mouldings as the primary product.

The company operates seven sawmills of which six, including Långasjö are in Sweden and one in Finland. In addition, the company operates seven planing mills of which four are in Sweden, two in Norway and one in Lithuania.

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