Timber Processing’s November issue spotlights the Swanson Group upgrade, which happened quickly in order to take advantage of lumber markets. The new Holmen Braviken sawmill has gotten the kinks out and is running smoothly. Also, technology overseas is discussed, along with the main events upcoming in 2014.
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Timber Processing magazine Managing Editor Dan Shell visits Swanson Group’s sawmill located in Glendale, Oregon. Taking advantage of an upturn in markets while simultaneously upgrading a sawmill’s productive capacity and lumber quality is no small feat. Yet Swanson Group’s Glendale sawmill team did just that, delivering a major equipment installation and smooth startup in an 11-day window earlier this year following a project that included installing a fully automatic grading system and adding a new lug loader and paddle fence—plus a new control system to tie it all together—along with all the related electrical and mill hardware changes involved. According to Swanson Group President/CEO Steve Swanson, the finishing end project’s goal was to replace outdated equipment at the green Douglas fir sawmill while boosting production and improving grade-out technology. The upgrades are part of a sweeping mill overhaul that will include the addition of kilns next year as the facility expands into KD hem-fir products.
Timber Processing magazine Senior Associate Editor David Abbott travels to Norrkoping, Sweden to spend some time at Holmen Braviken’s sawmill located there. Holmen Braviken, at just under three years old, is one of the only greenfield mills built in the last 10 years in Sweden. The parent company, Holmen, is involved in many things but is primarily a paper company. It has several divisions: Holmen Forest, Holmen Paper, Holmen Energy and Holmen Timber. Within Holmen Timber, there are two sides: the Braviken mill, which processes Norwegian spruce, and its sister pine plant, Holmen Iggesund, a red Scotch pine mill located in the Iggesund village, and active for close to 30 years. Holmen’s pulp mill, which makes tissue and newspaper, is not far away from Braviken, and the spruce sawmill was built in this location to gain a logistical advantage regarding raw material supply, and to solve a problem with low profits on the newspaper side. As much raw material as possible goes into the sawmill; whatever can’t be used there goes to the paper mill, and whatever can’t be used there goes to energy production at the sawmill.
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