Swedish Norra Timber is now investing in three batch kilns each to its sawmills in Kåge and Sävar. In all, the capacity increase totals around 85,000 cubic meters (36,000 MBF).
“We’ve enjoyed good returns on previous investments, which has led to a production increase according to plan. This means we must now increase our kiln capacity. We studied various alternatives, but in the end, Valutec was able to offer the best solution , ” Says Johan Oja, Technical Manager at Norra Timber.
Norra Skogsägarna and Norrskog merged in May 2020 to form Norra Timber. This means that Norra Timber have three modern sawmills in northern Sweden located in Hissmofors, Kåge and Sävar, which together produce more than 780,000 cubic meters (331,000 MBF) per year.
“We’ve always enjoyed great collaboration with both Norra Skogsägarna and Norrskog, and we’re proud that they’re trusting us to join them on their shared journey,” says Jon Lindberg, Sales Manager at Valutec.
In conjunction with the investment, Norra Timber decided to upgrade the control systems for their existing batch kilns with Valmatics 4.0. In all, Norra Timber invests in 28 control systems.
According to the manufacturer, Valutec’s new Valmatics 4.0 is the only lumber kiln control system to combine simulator technology with adaptive control, enabling the simultaneous optimization of capacity, quality and energy consumption.
The installation of the lumber kilns will begin in November 2020.
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