Holmen group considering building a CLT works
Swedish Holmen group is currently performing a feasibility study for building a cross-laminated timber works at the Iggesund Timber sawmill. According to information from Johan Padel, CEO of Holmen Timber, a decision on whether or not to go ahead with the investment project is to be made during the course of this year. No details have been disclosed yet about the envisaged production capacity, the probable cost of the investment, or the schedule.
Holmen Timber is currently producing neither cross-laminated timber (CLT) nor gluelam timber but is geared solely to manufacturing rough-sawn softwood lumber. The Iggesund sawmill put into service in 1990 has an annual production capacity of 400,000 m³ of pine lumber. Holmen’s Braviken works, which was opened in early 2011, is one of the biggest sawmills in Scandinavia with a production capacity of 550,000 m³ of pine and spruce lumber. The Linghem sawmill, which Holmen is aiming to take over from Swedish Rörvik is geared to an annual production capacity of 75,000 m³ of softwood lumber.