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Sweden opens new CLT production facility

Stora Enso’s investment in a new production facility for cross laminated timber (CLT) at the Gruvön sawmill in Sweden has cost EUR 45 million and has proceeded according to plan from the investment decision made in July 2017. The investment has led to 60 new employees for the mill. Source: Timberbiz

This is Stora Enso’s third production facility for cross laminated timber as the company already has two production units in Austria but had none in Sweden.

The production capacity of the new unit at Gruvön sawmill will be 100 000 m3 annually, equalling enough material for approximately 4500 average sized apartments. The CLT elements are made of spruce.

“I am delighted to be present and inaugurate one of the world’s largest and most modern production units for cross laminated timber. With this investment, we substitute fossil-based materials with renewable materials for use in the construction industry. We see great potential in timber becoming the building material of the future,” Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO, Stora Enso said.

More than one hundred customers, suppliers, employees and representatives from local trade and industry attended the opening of the new production unit.

Stora Enso decided to invest in Gruvön sawmill as there is a good local supply of raw materials and an industrial infrastructure for efficient logistics due to the presence of a harbour and railway in the mill area, and the nearby European route E18.

Stora Enso is Europe´s largest supplier of wood products and has delivered CLT to more than 14,000 projects around the world.