Södra launches pre-painted exterior cladding

Demand is increasing for processed wood products, such as painted exterior cladding, and this autumn marks the release of Södra’s new product – pre-painted exterior cladding with a system that allows you to skip the painting step. The panels save work and time, and can be fitted all year round. The product has been developed in partnership with the coatings supplier Sherwin Williams, who also provide a warranty for the painting.

Södra is now taking a further step in facilitating construction through the delivery of fully pre-painted panels that can be fitted all year round, which adds considerable flexibility to the construction process.

“We have developed the ECO365 system, which allows facade panels to be mounted instead of being fitted using nails or screws. This means that the panels can be fully painted prior to mounting. Normally, a final coat would to be applied to cover nails or screws. The panels achieve a high quality standard since they are painted indoors under optimal conditions and, moreover, the paint finish has a warranty,” said Lars Broström from Södra Wood’s project department.

Södra’s range already includes primed and undercoated cladding as well as cladding finished with a primer or colour undercoat for which the final coat is applied when the panels have been installed.

“We are seeing a changing market where builders and end-consumers want more processed products that simplify work and save time. The increasing demand reflects greater awareness of long-term sustainability and the fact that wood is also an aesthetically pleasing material.  To meet demand, we have geared up our efforts with painted exterior cladding and are expanding our range this autumn to include pre-painted panels with five different finishes,” said Lars Broström.

Södra wants to make it easy for customers and end-consumers and this is one step in this process.

“We are continuing development to keep pace with customers’ needs in terms of simple, sustainable and cost-efficient products.

The pre-painted exterior cladding will only be available on the Swedish market.

For more information, please contact:
Lars Broström, Sales and Projects, Södra Wood,
E-mail: lars.brostrom@sodra.com
Telephone: +46 470 899 81

Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with nearly 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.