As a part of the company's efforts to increase production of further processed and climate-smart wood products for the building materials trade in Scandinavia, SCA is now investing SEK 55 million in its planing mill in Stugun just east of Östersund. An investment that further strengthens the company's own value chain and operations locally in Jämtland.
The investment is within the existing framework for ongoing net investments and aims to replace parts of the plant that have been in operation since the 80s. The measure will, among other things, contribute to the planing mill now having a higher production capacity. The goal is to increase production by about 10 percent.
“Building in wood is a climate-smart way to replace other materials and with a new splitter, split saw and planing machine, we can now increase production capacity and contribute to other materials being replaced. In addition, we will further develop our product portfolio and improve the quality of the goods we already manufacture,” says Ville Huittinen, Head of SCA Wood Scandinavia and continues:
“With its location close to our own forest areas, and our own sawmills, the planing mill in Stugun is today a strategically important unit for SCA. Not least in relation to the Norwegian market and the building materials trade, whose interest in the company's products has grown in recent years.”
“Through the increased production capacity we get here in Stugun, we will be able to receive and further process a larger proportion of the wood that is sawn at our growing sawmill in Gällö and thus further strengthen our own value chain locally here in Jämtland,” says Ville Huittinen.
“In other words, the investment creates a more stable facility, with higher availability, which gives us even better conditions to meet our customers' demands for delivery reliability as well as quality and assortment. An important step to ensure our continued competitiveness and position as a leading supplier of climate-smart further processed wood products on the Scandinavian market,” concludes Ville Huittinen.
The rebuilding of the planing mill is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2023 and is expected to be completed in January 2024.