Södra blames decline in demand for curtailment at 318,000 m3/year sawmill in Mönsterås, Sweden, aims to prevent inventory build-up

LOS ANGELES , December 15, 2011 () – Södra plans to curtail softwood lumber production at its biggest sawmill in Mönsterås, Sweden, German industry news service Euwid reported on Dec. 14.

The sawmill will be idled between Dec. 22 and Dec. 30, but further processing at the site will continue. Södra said it had taken the decision because of the recent further decline in softwood lumber demand, and wanted to prevent inventory build-up.

Södra has not released details on the volume of lumber that will be removed from the market. The company gives production volumes for 2006 on its Website for the sawmill and planer operation at Mönsterås of 318,000 m3 including 214,000 m3 of planed products, and says the workforce was 130 in that year.

The primary sources of this article are Euwid, Gernsbach, Germany, on Dec. 14, 2011, and information from Södra's Website.

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