Flens Byggelement plans to increase production of Kerto LVL elements to meet demand for prefabricated wooden elements in Sweden, notes interest in renewable alternatives amid climate crisis; company uses Metsa’s Kerto LVL in prefabricated roof elements

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January 11, 2022 (press release) –

Because of the climate crisis, constructors are increasingly turning to prefabricated wooden elements. Wood is the only construction material that stores carbon, in contrast to steel and concrete that have a negative impact on the climate. Rickard Brännman, project manager at Flens Byggelement, sees many reasons for the growing interest in wood.

“Wood construction offers many advantages. It’s a renewable material that’s good for the climate. Since steel and concrete have accounted for the bulk of construction material used in Sweden, we must turn our attention to more renewable alternatives in order to tackle the climate challenges facing us,” he says.

Founded in 2008, Flens Byggelement delivers prefabricated wooden elements to all of Scandinavia. The company uses Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL for its prefabricated roof elements. Kerto LVL is an engineered product made by gluing several layers of three-millimetre-thick veneers to create a strong and stiff material. It enables the construction of long-span floor and roof elements from an optimised amount of wood.

“Our customers often require specific properties, such as long spans, low U values and low deflection, and Kerto LVL is an excellent choice in this respect,” says Rickard Brännman.

Flens Byggelement now plans to invest in a new production line to increase the production of Kerto LVL elements in order to meet the customer demand for prefabricated wooden elements.

“It will enable us to expand our production capacity significantly so that we can meet the market demand better and more flexibly,” says Brännman.

Flens Byggelement supplies Kerto LVL-based roof elements to large Swedish construction companies such as Skanska and Veidekke. Skanska aims to be carbon neutral by 2045. When it began constructing a new assisted living facility north of Södertälje, in Sweden, it decided to use prefabricated wooden elements made by Flens Byggelement, with Kerto LVL used for the roof elements.

“We are in favour of increasing the use of wood in construction. It’s a step in the right direction towards climate neutrality,” says Ove Rinnbäck, supervisor at Skanska Hus.

Media images: https://databank.metsagroup.com/l/fMR8_hmvHzws

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For more information, please contact:

Henni Rousu, Communications Manager, Metsä Wood
tel. +358 40 554 8388, henni.rousu@metsagroup.com

Metsä Wood
www.metsawood.com 

Metsä Wood is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of engineered wood products. We process valuable log wood into environmentally friendly products for the construction and transport industries, which are both megatrend-driven businesses of the future. Our main products are Kerto® LVL, birch and spruce plywood and further processed sawn timber. Material-efficient wood products store carbon and play an important role in combatting climate change.  
 
In 2020, our sales totalled approximately EUR 0.4 billion, and we have around 1,600 employees. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

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