Södra to increase production at Mönsterås sawmill
In Sweden, Södra Wood, the wood products arm of Swedish forest owners association Södra has announced that it will increase the production capacity of its Mönstås sawmill. From March 1, 2019, the annual production volume of sawn timber at the Mönsterås sawmill will increase by 100 000 m³. This will require a third shift and approximately 30 new employees.
Over the past two years, Swedish forest industry major Södra has implemented structural changes in its sawmill operations to strengthen the company’s long-term competitiveness. The market outlook is bright and sustainable construction is driving the interest in timber as a building material. The underlying demand for sawn wood is high.
The journey of change undertaken by Södra’s sawmills in recent years is now yielding results in terms of more competitive production and a better offering to our customers. With our focus to grow with our customers, we need to increase production at Mönsterås to meet demand, said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.
The proportion of timber-frame buildings is growing all over Europe. Due to the positive environmental effects, combined with construction efficiency and reduced transportation, interest in timber-frame construction is rising.
This is one of the reasons why we have entered the timber building system segment and are investing in a cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility at our sawmill at Värö. Production at the new facility will require a certain volume from the sawmill at Värö. The higher volume at Mönsterås will offset some of the volumes we will use in CLT production. Our acquisition of the UK sales company Södra Wood Ltd has also improved our market potential. We see a very bright future and believe it is built with timber, said Jörgen Lindquist.
About Södra Wood
Södra Wood operates six sawmills in Sweden and one in Finland. Södra produces 2.0 million m3 of sawn wood annually, of which 1.4 million is used in further processing.