Södra selects Ledinek’s equipment for CLT facility

Södra has selected Ledinek as supplier of the equipment for the cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility that Södra has decided to build at Värö.

In mid-September, Södra decided to invest in a small CLT facility adjacent to Södra’s sawmill at Värö. The facility will have an annual capacity of about 5,000 m³ per shift, and require 3-5 new employees during 2018-19. The plans include a future investment in a larger facility.

The contract with Ledinek includes feeding, finger-jointing, saw, sorting, stacking, gluing, pressing and CNC* milling equipment.

The facility is being built as a pilot in order to learn about the product and market, and thereby minimise risks prior to building a larger facility.

“Production is scheduled to start in May 2019. The plan is to speed up the installation of the CNC mill in order to gain rapid knowledge of market needs. One of the reasons for building a pilot is to acquire an understanding of needs and requirements in the value chain at an early stage,” said Fredrik Gellerstedt, sales manager, Södra's CLT-project.

Södra is focused on increasing sustainable timber construction and wants to be part of, and stake out a position, in a growing market. The investment is an important part of Södra’s strategic objective to build long-term relationships across the value chain.

“CLT will help us develop a new way of working, where we will be offering the most cost-effective material in the market for the construction of high-rise buildings. We are putting a complete customer offering together for CLT and will expand profitably as the market grows,” said Fredrik Gellerstedt.

The location at Värö has been strategically chosen for its proximity to several Nordic high-growth regions, and the ease of shipping to both the UK and other international destinations. The facility will be co-located with Södra’s pulp mill and sawmill for access to green electricity and existing infrastructure.

*Computer Numerical Control, the automation of machine tools by means of computers executing pre-programmed sequences of machine control commands.

For more information, please contact:
Fredrik Gellerstedt, sales manager, Södra's CLT-project,
Tel: 0340-63 34 09
E-mail: fredrik.gellerstedt@sodra.com

Södra's Pressroom,
Tel: 0470-890 90
E-mail: press@sodra.com

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry. 

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Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 51,000 forest owners. Södra is also an international forest industry Group, with 3,400 employees around the world. Net sales in 2017 were 20.5 SEK billion. Balancing production efficiency with nature conservation guides everything that we do. We produce timber, interior wood products, pulp for paper and textiles, and green energy. We use every part of the tree, and are always looking to develop new products from this fantastic, renewable raw material. Södra is a world-leading producer of market pulp and also owns one of the largest sawmill operations in Europe. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the future of sustainable forestry.

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