Timo Kanerva new head of Valutec’s Russian company
Valutec has recruited Timo Kanerva to the management post at Valutec LLC, with registered offices in St. Petersburg. Kanerva most recently comes from a position as the President of the Finnish TKM TTT, a manufacturer of cutting tools for the wood and paper industry. He was previously the business area manager at the kiln maker WSAB, which was acquired by Valutec in 2009.
“I have always been very interested in timber drying and when the possibility came up to work for Valutec, I wanted to take the chance. It’s very inspiring to be able to develop the presence in the Russian market,” says Timo Kanerva, who is a trained timber engineer and then held management positions for more than 20 years.
As the President of TKM TTT, Kanerva had the task of leading the company in the recovery after the financial crisis that hit the business hard. As he now leaves the company, it is with strongly improved earnings. Among his other merits are roles as the President of Finnforest and Sales Director of Versowood and Ruukki Wood.
“Timo has extensive experience of working in Russia, but also contributes a great deal with his knowledge of the European sawmill industry as a whole. Together with Timo, we believe we can take another step in the development of the company,” says Robert Larsson, CEO of Valutec.
As the local manager in Russia, his main task will be to continue the work of establishing Valutec as the foremost cooperative partner and supplier of facilities and equipment for timber drying.
“An investment in timber drying equipment is something that contributes to the business at a sawmill for many years and it places especially high demands on us in terms of continuity. We develop our markets with long-term targets in focus and the recruitment of Timo fits us like a glove,” says Robert Larsson.
For further information, please contact:
Robert Larsson, CEO, Valutec
Tel. +46 (0)70 336 40 58
Timo Kanerva, Local Manager, Valutec LLC
+358 50 61 117
The desire to increase the use of wood is the ultimate reason for Valutec's existence. We have been combining Scandinavian expertise in the field of timber drying with insights into the challenges facing our customers for almost 100 years. This has all been done with the aim of pushing the boundaries of what is possible, both as regards value-creating timber kilns as well as intelligent control systems. The Valutec Group has companies in Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada, and with more than 4,000 timber kilns delivered, we are the leading supplier in Europe. Read more about our “Good for Wood” outlook at www.valutec.se.