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September 19, 2016

Steico to boost LVL production in Poland

Steico to boost LVL production in Poland

Steico Społka z o.o., the Polish subsidiary of the leading German timber construction systems and wood fiber insulation manufacturer Steico SE wants to increase its Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) production.

The company decided to invest EUR 17.5 million in LVL equipment. The ordered equipment will be Steico´s second LVL line delivered to Steico's LVL mill in Czarna Woda, Poland, comprising: veneer drying line, dry veneer grading, composing and scarfing lines as well as LVL lay-up line, pre-press and hot press. The equipment represents the latest technology in its field.

The equipment will be delivered by Raute Corporation and the order is related to the second phase of the LVL manufacturing project, which Steico and Raute initiated in June 2014. The equipment ordered under the first phase of that project was delivered, installed and the mill started up in late summer 2015, with LVL production being ramped up during the winter of 2015/2016. This new order reflects Steico's trust in the positive development of the LVL markets, as well as the partnering and successful co-operation between Steico and Raute during the development of the Czarna Woda LVL site. The total annual capacity of Steico's LVL mill will be 160,000 m3 when the new line is in full production, doubling the LVL capacity installed during the first phase in Czarna Woda.

Steico is one of the leading wooden construction material producers in Europe. The company´s current product offering comprises wood fiber insulation materials, sarking and sheathing boards, ETICS (external thermal insulation compound systems), I-joists, hardboards and LVL. Raw material for Steico's LVL will be mostly Polish grown pine, which has proven to provide good technical characteristics for structural LVL.

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