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Kährs Group builds pellet plant in Sweden

Sweden-headed Kährs Group, a leading manufacturer of wood flooring and PVC-free resilient flooring, is constructing a wood pellet plant in Nybro. Directly in line with the company's environmental and sustainability profile, the plant will be located next to its existing floor manufacturing site and is to be operational at the end of 2018. Kährs has also entered into a agreement with Ekman & Co for sales and logistics of the pellets.

At its wood flooring production facility in Nybro, Sweden, Kährs Group will soon begin to produce wood pellets instead of wood powder from the residues. The 60 000 tonne-per-annum plant is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. The company has a long-term sales and logistics agreement with Ekman & Co (photo courtesy Daniel Nestor, Roxx).

The new pellet plant will use wood residues from the flooring production at Nybro to produce a more advanced energy product than Kährs current wood powder production. By offering a standardised wood pellet product, the solid biofuel becomes available for more users demanding fossil free fuels.

Wood pellets are also less bulky, resulting in reduced transports. The pellets production will to a large extent become automated and integrated with the other production activities in Nybro. The new plant is to be operational in December 2018 and will have an annual capacity to produce up to 60 000 tonnes.

Kährs Group has also signed a long-term agreement with Ekman & Co, a leading and respected global operator in biomass, paper trading and bioenergy market.

We are proud of making this investment to build this facility, which is completely in line with Kährs sustainability profile. By further refining the wood fuel raw material to pellets we increase usability, while giving more opportunities to use the environmentally sustainable fuel option. We also look very positive on the cooperation with Ekman that through its experience and expertise will bring valuable knowledge of trading in bioenergy, said Christer Persson, President and CEO of Kährs Group.

Ekman & Co will be a commercial partner responsible for selling Kährs pellets and handling logistics from the plant in Nybro and from a storage facility located on the east coast, in Kalmar harbour.

We look forward to a long-term cooperation with Kährs Group. The biofuel market has grown significantly over recent years, and pellets play an important role for both the Swedish wood industry and for the demand to phase out fossil fuels. We are delighted to be able to offer Kährs pellets products to the market when the plant is completed, said Johan Granath, Vice-President Bioenergy at Ekman & Co.

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