Sodra’s new CLT facility in Varo is inaugurated; it has increased company's CLT production capacity tenfold and is one of the largest CLT plants in Sweden, capable of supplying framing materials for just over 4,000 homes/year

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March 15, 2023 (press release) –

Today, Södra's new factory for cross-laminated timber was inaugurated on the Swedish west coast. The factory is one of Sweden's largest and entails a tenfold increase in Södra's production capacity. The inauguration was attended by, among others, Brittis Benzler, County Governor of Halland County and Ann-Charlotte Stenkil, Chairman of the Municipal Board of Varberg Municipality.

Södra's new factory for cross-laminated timber was inaugurated on 15 March by Södra's Chairman of the Board Magnus Hall and Brittis Benzler, County Governor of Halland County.

A key in Södra's Group strategy is a future-oriented industrial structure that creates a leading offering to customers and consumers. The new cross-laminated timber factory broadens the market for the building material while promoting sustainable construction and more sustainable communities.

"Södra's mission is to renew and refine the values of the forest farm, and our new factory for cross-laminated timber is one way to do just that. Today is a proud moment for the entire Södra organization - together, members, employees and customers continue to build stronger value chains that give us the conditions to meet society's demands for sustainable and innovative products from family forestry, says Lotta Lyrå, CEO of Södra.

The factory in Värö will be one of Sweden's largest factories for the production of cross-laminated timber with the capacity to deliver frame material to more than 4000 homes every year, a tenfold increase in Södra's production capacity compared to before. By investing in production in Värö, Södra is close to several growth regions for cross-laminated timber in the Nordic region. Logistically, international markets can also be reached easily via the port of Varberg. By using the green energy produced at Södra's pulp mill in Värö, the production of cross-laminated timber becomes completely fossil-free.

County Governor and Municipal Board Chairman among the guests of honor The inauguration was attended by 150 curious guests
from both the local area and internationally. During the day, the inauguration was celebrated with speeches and a tour of the business. Among the guests of honour was Brittis Benzler, governor of Halland County.

" A prerequisite for achieving the climate goals is a broad collaboration between companies, authorities and politics – where we work together towards the same goal. Another prerequisite is that we show that it is possible to achieve the goals. Because then a hope is born, which in turn creates commitment and a sense of responsibility. I am therefore very happy to be able to participate in this inauguration, says Brittis Benzler, County Governor of Halland County.

The investment in a new factory in Värö has meant that Södra has recruited 90 new employees to the company's Building Systems segment, which is responsible for the production of cross-laminated timber. This is welcomed by Ann-Charlotte Stenkil, chairman of the municipal board in Varberg municipality, who also attended the inauguration.

"An establishment like this means a lot to Varberg. It provides many jobs. It also provides opportunities to build sustainably and large-scale in wood – both residential and non-residential. The factory is also very impressive – with its size, logistics and efficiency, says Ann-Charlotte Stenkil, chairman of the municipal board in Varberg municipality.

Södra's goal is to become the Nordic region's leading player for cross-laminated timber Cross laminated timber
has many different uses and has in a short time become increasingly common in Swedish construction. The material enables buildings such as high-rise buildings, industrial halls and schools in wood, and with Södra's cross-laminated timber, the climate footprint of a building can be reduced by up to 80 percent. Södra aims to become the Nordic region's leading player in solid wood construction by increasing the value of the raw material for family forestry in an innovative way from plant to finished product.

For more information, please contact: Södra's press office
Phone: 0470-890 90

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