SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Metsa Fibre- a subsidiary of Metsa Group announced that its state-of-the-art pine sawmill in Rauma in Finland has moved from production test run to continuous sawn timber production. The sawmill now operates continuously in three shifts, it said. The construction works of the Rauma sawmill had begun in the spring of 2020, at an investment of approximately Eur 260 million.
Ilkka Hamala, President and CEO, Metsa Group noted that the sawmill implements the company’s strategic goals of boosting the value of Finnish forests, enabling fossil free production, enhancing the production of sawmill products that store carbon for an extended time period, thereby increasing profitability.
The sawmill hosts latest technological innovations such as machine vision, self-learning artificial intelligence and integrated information systems. The sawmill operations are controlled from a single central control room. The converting lines does not involve any manual work stages, the company press release said.
The Finnish sawmill, adjacent to Metsa Fibre’s Rauma pulp mill, has an annual production capacity of 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber. The sawn timber produced in the sawmill will be mainly sold to Europe and Russia.
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