Södra increases production of cross-laminated timber in Värö

Södra is adding another shift at its facility for cross-laminated timber in Värö and doubling capacity. “Production commenced at the facility two months ago and the number of inquiries is continuously increasing. The industry has understood that wooden structural systems entail sustainable and efficient construction,” said Urban Blomster, Business Development Manager Building Systems.

On 18 November, Södra’s facility for cross-laminated timber (CLT) will increase to two shifts and four new employees will be taken on, thereby doubling the production capacity.

The development of CLT as structural building components is about to change the construction market. Industrial timber construction enables more efficient on-site installation, and environmental impacts can be halved by using timber frames for the construction of multi-storey buildings instead of other material. Another benefit is that timber is perceived as promoting a better indoor climate for residents.

“The forces driving society to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are strong, and the interest in sustainable construction is growing in the market. We are now creating an opportunity to make a climate-conscious choice in the market, which is important today,” said Urban Blomster.
The production increase is being implemented in a construction market where several recent reports have indicated a slowdown in construction. The trend for Södra is in the opposite direction.

“Demand for wooden structural systems for large construction projects is on the rise and we have therefore chosen to raise the production rate. We offer building systems and products such as building components and fasteners, as well as new digital services to simplify and gain better control over the construction process,” said Urban Blomster.

To meet demand, Södra is also evaluating a second CLT facility at the combined plant in Värö.

For questions, please contact:
Urban Blomster, Business Development Manager Building Systems
Tel: +46 (0)340 633 732
E-mail: urban.blomster@sodra.com

Södra’s Pressroom,
Tel: +46 (0)470 890 90
E-mail: press@sodra.com

Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 52,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2018, sales amounted to SEK 24 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows 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 close to 52,000 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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