Sales record for construction timber

Södra broke its record for construction timber sales in the Swedish market during both April and May. The figures for May also hit an all-time high – Södra’s largest delivery to the Swedish building materials market in a single month.

The increase has remained stable since 2015, which was a record year for sales to the Swedish building trade. Almost 275,000 cubic metres of construction timber were delivered. As one of the largest construction timber and interior wood operators in Sweden, Södra’s growth reflects an important social trend:

“This is a clear signal that the use of wood in building construction is increasing, which is positive for the whole of Sweden,” said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area. “It promotes the transition to a fossil-free society.”

The year-on-year sales growth ranges from 12-15 percent. The Swedish market accounts for 35 percent of the total market and is the largest single market for Södra’s sales of construction timber to industry and the building trade.

“Wood is ‘in’ – there’s no doubt about it, especially for the younger generation. Young people are becoming increasingly aware of long-term sustainability,” added Fredrik Gustavson, Sales Director of Södra Wood in Sweden and Denmark. “We predict continued healthy sales throughout the year due to strong market conditions with low interest rates, a continuation of the tax rebate for home improvements and the major need for new homes.”

For comments: 
Fredrik Gustavson, Sales Director, Södra Wood Sweden and Denmark,
Tel: +46 (0)72-235 11 03

Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area,
Tel: +46 (0)470-892 27

Press contact:
Södra’s Pressroom, +46 (0)470-890 90

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.