SCA Forest's innovation work is aimed at creating efficient and sustainable forestry. Innovative cooperation with diffrent partners contibutes to develop our wood handling and wood transports. A digitalized flow from forest to mill opens for an efficient flow and value-creating service offerings to forest owners.

Technical develop for a sustainable forestry

SCA's ambition is to be at the forefront when it comes to testing new technology to develop sustainable machine and driver solutions and to be involved in driving development towards fossile-free transports. In the autumn of 2021, we were able to present two world premieres, thanks to innovative collaborations with other companies.

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Remote-controlled High-lift wheel loader over 5G

The global premier of a remote-controlled High-lift wheel loader over 5G in SCA's wood terminal at Torsboda, Timrå in November 2021, is an important step towards remote-controlled machines and safer timber handling. Behind the research project is Mid Sweden University, SCA, Volvo CE, Telia, Biometria and Skogforsk. We operate in an  industry with large distances, which makes the technology with remote control extra interesting. Safer work environments for our staff are also important and part of our sustainability work.

Read more here about Remote Timber

SCA and Scania first with electric timber truck

In another step towards a fossil-free society, SCA and Scania are together developing the first electric timber truck with a technical capability of up to 80 tonnes total weight. The electric truck will transport timber in the Swedish region of Västerbotten, between SCA’s terminal in Gimonäs and its papermill in Obbola outside Umeå, starting in 2022.

For SCA, electrifying road transport is an important part of work to reduce its environmental impact. Ever year, SCA transports about 8.5 million cubic metres of wood to industries, utilising 265 timber trucks in collaboration with 87 haulage contractors.

”The cooperation with Scania is an important way for us to jointly find innovative solutions for sustainable transport. Electric timber trucks will be a strong contribution to SCA’s work with sustainability, where we are part of the solution for a fossil-free world. By running just one electric truck between Gimonäs and Obbola, we can reduce our carbon emissions by about 55,000 kg per year,” says Hans Djurberg, Head of Sustainability, SCA.

Read mote about the elecrical timber truck here

Skogsvinge™

The Skogsvinge™ tool offers all forest owners in northern Sweden access to a completely new perspective on their forest holding and unique opportunities to obtain detailed knowledge about their forest. Skogsvinge™ is a collective name for several different products that describe the forest and help in its management. The data is collected using airborne laser scanning. SCA has subsequently developed methods for producing high-precision forest inventory data based on this information.

Skogsvinge's products include Skogsvinge™ Forest Inventory Data [Skoglig data], which provides information on the forest's height, volume, ground area and diameter. Skogsvinge™ Thinning indicates where it is appropriate to thin the forest, and Skogsvinge™ Shadow Terrain Model shows a view under the vegetation, for example hidden obstacles and where weak sections and ditches are hidden. The combination of these products forms a solid basis for forestry planning, as good as if you had conducted an inventory of the entire property from the ground!

From the Skogsvinge app, you can also download your forestry plan so you have this with you when you visit your forest. Using the BankID security app, you can easily log into Skogsvinge.se and view your transactions, or sign contracts.

Contact Jonas Arvidsson, Marketing Manager, if you want to know more.

Hylosafe

Hylosafe is SCA's new long-lasting, environmentally sound protection against pine weevils, which is as effective as chemical agents. Hylosafe consists of a mixture of sand and binder, meaning substances that do not harm the environment. We treat the lower part of the plant with Hylosafe before delivery and ensure that at least 80% of the trunk's circumference is covered by the mixture. This offers the plant a high level of protection. Pine weevils dislike chewing on Hylosafe, and the plants are therefore left alone. The protection offered by Hylosafe can last for up to two seasons, which increases the chance that the forest owner's rejuvenation process succeeds, with plants that survive and grow to become new forest.