Martinsons looking to the future with newly inaugurated cross-laminated timber line
On 30 March, Martinsons’ new production line for cross-laminated timber (CLT) was inaugurated in Bygdsiljum, northern Sweden. The new line is making it possible to produce storey-high panels with a width of 3 metres.
“This is an extremely timely investment, as timber construction has now achieved a breakthrough. CLT is in great demand, and this is helping Martinsons to take up a position at the very forefront of the sector,” says Björn Sprängare, Chairman of Martinsons’ Board of Directors.
Martinsons has been manufacturing CLT since 2003 and is still the only Swedish producer of the material. The new production line will increase Martinsons’ capacity for construction elements to an impressive 22,000 m3 per year.
The use of CLT has increased sharply over the past year, not least because it meets the growing need for time-efficient and simple building processes. New energy performance measurements that the Swedish environmental consultancy company Tyréns has performed on two apartment blocks with a CLT frame, Strandparken in Stockholm, also show that energy consumption in wooden buildings is lower than was previously thought.
“This is further proof of what a fantastic material we are working with. We know that wood is unbeatable when it comes to sustainability. Alongside the rational qualities such as rapid building processes, this is something that is becoming increasingly important in construction projects within both the private and the public sector,” says Lars Martinson, CEO of Martinsons.
The County Governor, Magdalena Andersson, also attended the inauguration. She emphasised the importance of resource-efficient processes and sustainable materials in relation to curing the shortage of housing, at the same time as achieving the goal of climate neutrality by 2050.
“In order to reach both of these goals, we need timber and timber construction. When it comes to industrial methods, wood is the material that has come furthest, which can be seen from the fact that it is now possible to build a five-storey building out of wood in just 10 weeks. When I meet the Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht, and the Minister for Housing and Digital Development, Peter Eriksson, I can state with pride that the country’s leading company within industrial timber construction is based in northern Sweden,” says Magdalena Andersson.
Facts about CLT
CLT consists of solid panels of planed spruce or pine that are glued together, with every other layer being cross laid. It is often used in walls, floors and ceilings. Until now, Martinsons has been manufacturing panels with a width of 1.2 metres, but with the new line in Bygdsiljum the company will also be able to offer storey-high panels with a width of 3 metres.
Lars Martinson, CEO
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Björn Sprängare, Chairman of the Board of Directors
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The Martinsons Group is one of Sweden’s largest producers of glulam and construction systems for apartment blocks, buildings and bridges in wood. In addition to extensive production of sawn timber products and construction products, Martinsons is the largest producer of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the Nordic region. The Group has around 440 employees and annual sales of SEK 1.5 billion. The head office is in Bygdsiljum, Västerbotten, northern Sweden.
Martinsons Burträskvägen 53, 937 33 Bygdsiljum, Sweden, martinsons.se