Södra demolished its old small-diameter timber saw line dated 1982 at the company’s Långasjö sawmill in Sweden. The step is a milestone within a SEK 110 million modernization project at the mill allowing to install a new profiling curve sawing line. The sawmill will return to full production by the end of October 2017.
According to the announcement, the investment is expected to simplify and streamline throughput at the mill. In addition, a stacker and binding stick stacker is being built, a brand new wood dryer and a new 8,000-square-metre warehouse.
Markus Förster, project manager for the profiling line, commented:
“25 people are working during the week with dismantling operations. It is demanding work, where each person removes two tonnes of scrap metal per hour. On 31 July, the premises will be ready to begin moving in the new profiling line. The premises are also being extended to manage the boards and planks from the new line.”
The sawmill currently consists of one line for large dimensions and one for small-diameter timber, where the large-dimension line will be retained. The small-diameter line will be replaced with a fully optimised profiling line with a maximum speed of 150 metres per minute, compared with the current speed of 88 metres per minute. The supplier is AriVislanda. The production line will be adjusted between September 11 and October 15, 2017. From November, it will be in full production.
The sub-projects for the new wood dryer and new warehouse are already complete and the new stacker is scheduled for takeover by mid-November 2017
The project is part Södra’s USD 22.5 million investment programme.
Earlier Södra got CMP certification for production of certified pre-painted cladding.
Södra is the economic association that unites more than 50,000 forest owners in southern Sweden. The Group’s three business areas are production of sawn and planed timber goods, interior products, paper pulp and biofuel. In recent years Södra has also become such a large producer of electricity. It employs 3,500 people in areas that range from forestry management and environmental conservation to accounting, sales and product development.