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Södra invests in additional CLT production facility at Värö

Swedish forest owners association Södra has announced that it is investing in an additional facility for the production of cross-laminated timber (CLT) at its Värö pulp-and sawmill complex in southwestern Sweden.
“Society’s driving forces for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are strong, and the interest in sustainable construction is growing in the market. A higher rate of timber construction is playing a key role in the growing bioeconomy," said Lars Idermark, President and CEO of Södra.

Södra is investing in an additional facility for the production of cross-laminated timber (CLT) at its Värö pulp-and sawmill complex in southwestern Sweden (photo courtesy Södra).

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a flexible material and particularly competitive in major cities, where the aim is to densify and construct high-rise buildings. Compared with other materials, CLT is transport-efficient, light and maintains high environmental integrity. These benefits are reflected not only in housing production but also in the construction of sports facilities, warehouses, offices, and schools.

According to Södra, the development of CLT for structural building components is poised to change the construction market. Industrialisation and prefabrication enable faster on-site installation, and environmental impacts can be halved by using timber frames for the construction of multi-story buildings instead of other material. Another benefit is that timber is perceived to promote a better indoor climate for residents.

Society’s driving forces for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are strong, and the interest in sustainable construction is growing in the market. A higher rate of timber construction is playing a key role in the growing bioeconomy. It is also an important step in our mission to process the wood raw material delivered by our 52 000 forest-owning members, said Lars Idermark, President and CEO of Södra.

Timber-based construction solutions

Södra Building Systems’ comprehensive offering includes building systems and products such as building components and fasteners, as well as new digital services to simplify and gain better control over the construction process. The focus is on driving the development of timber-based solutions in the construction and residential sectors.

With our technical and digital solutions for both production and finances, we are now creating the conditions for next-generation construction. We will be offering a complete product portfolio to the market, enabling us to grow together with our customers and partners, said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.

The new facility will be built at Värö, southwestern Sweden where Södra’s first pilot CLT facility has already been co-located with Södra’s pulp- and sawmill.

Two production lines will create both delivery reliability and flexibility for our customers. Södra’s total production capacity for CLT will eventually be about 140 000 m3 per annum, equivalent to 5 000 apartments. We are now creating opportunities to make a climate-conscious choice in the housing market, said Jörgen Hermansson, President of Södra Building Systems.

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