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May 4, 2016

Sweden: Vida adds 48,000 m3 of drying capacity at spruce sawmill with Valutec’s continuous kiln

Sweden: Vida adds 48,000 m3 of drying capacity at spruce sawmill with Valutec’s continuous kiln

With a new continuous kiln from Valutec, Vida will increases its drying capacity by 48,000 m3 in Vislanda, Sweden.

“Our previous experiences of working with Valutec have been great. They are a guarantee of quality and their logistics and systems are a good fit for us,” says Karl Lindow, CEO at Vida Vislanda.

At Vida’s sawmill in Vislanda, spruce construction timber is sawed and planed. A large amount of the timber is exported, with the main market being the United Kingdom. Recently, the sawmill has needed to increase capacity and drying has been a major bottleneck. By investing in a continuous kiln, capacity is increased while the quality of the wood is raised.

The continuous kiln is an FB type and is equipped with pressure frames and a heat recovery system. It will primarily be used to dry side boards down to a moisture content of 18% and has an annual capacity of approximately 48,000 m3. The kiln is delivered with Valutec’s own control system, Valmatics.

This is the second deal in a relatively short space of time between Valutec and Vida Vislanda. Less than five years ago, the sawmill invested in a continuous kiln of the same type as the one now being delivered.

Vida AB is Sweden’s biggest privately owned sawmill group, employing around 900 staff at 17 production plants in Småland, Skåne and Västra Götaland, seven of which are sawmills. Around 85% of Vida's production is exported to Europe, the U.S. Australia, Africa and Asia, with sales of sawn wood products managed through sales company Vida Wood.

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