Finland’s largest privately-owned sawmill group Versowood has chosen to invest in two Valutec OTC kilns for its sawmill in Vierumäki. “We have long planned to increase our annual production from 1,300,000 cubic meters (551,000 MBF) to 1,500,000 cubic meters (636,000 MBF), but have had a bottleneck in the lumber drying. The investment allows us to eliminate this,” says Ville Kopra, CEO and partner of Versowood.
The new continuous kilns will primarily be used to dry boards and slats for Versowood’s own glue-laminated factory. This is why Versowood placed a lot of importance on finding a supplier who could guarantee a high level, even drying quality, with low levels of standard deviation.
The continuous kilns, which are made of stainless steel, will be equipped with pressure frames for minimal deformation of the top lumber layers, Valutec's air/air heat recovery system and Valmatic’s control system. Alongside the installation of the kilns, Versowood is also installing a Valmatic control system to six existing OTC kilns.
Versowood is a Finnish family-owned sawmill group, with 11 facilities in Finland and one in Estonia. They produce sawn timber, further refined wood products, glue-laminated products, wooden posts, wooden packaging and various wood-based energy products. The group employs a total of around 750 people and has an annual turnover of around €400 million.