Sweden has sustainable, modern material

Sweden can also provide specially ordered grades of pine, and timber with special dimensions.

Up to 70% of Sweden’s land area is covered by forests, most of them coniferous. Sweden is the third largest exporter of sawn timber in the world. Its sawmill industry has many years’ experience in global exports, and Sweden’s geographical location makes it possible to reliably deliver wood anywhere in the world.

Swedish forestry has a long tradition of sustainability and recognises that economic, social and biological sustainability are all cornerstones of sustainable forestry. The sawmill industry knows that its future is linked to the protection and expansion of its forests.

This, in combination with strong, effective laws, ensures that all Swedish timber comes from sustainably managed forests. Every harvested tree is replaced by at least two planted seedlings.

In less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled. As the felling rate is less than the growth rate, the volume of forest continues to increase. As well as legislation requiring nature conservation and replanting, there are also voluntary international forest certification systems.

There are two main schemes in Sweden – FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). In 2017, the FSC had 12 million hectares of certified forest land and the PEFC had 16 million hectares of certified forest land.

Quality grades

Swedish sawn timber consists mainly of two conifer species: pine (Pinus sylvestris) and spruce (Picea abies). Swedish sawn timber is of a high quality and has a medium to coarse texture with uniform and straight grain.

Swedish sawmills produce a wide selection of different qualities of sawn and planed pine and spruce; they can also provide specially ordered grades of timber, and timber with special dimensions.

Nearly all sawn timber from Sweden is kiln-dried: 50% is dried in compartment kilns and 50% in progressive kilns. The target moisture content is typically 16% for planed timber and 18% for sawn timber.

For joinery and mouldings, the target moisture content is 12%, and for timber in furniture it is 8%. Dried timber has increased dimension stability and is ready to use in the right application.

Common uses

The Swedish sawmill industry can deliver wooden windows, doors, panels and floorboards in many different styles and dimensions, to suit all architectural styles. Thanks to its high quality, Swedish pine is a material that is very well suited for furniture, as it is easy to work with in the production process.

The surface of Swedish pine and spruce also offers endless aesthetic possibilities. Pressure-treated wood for the outdoors is another use for Swedish pine, finding uses in construction, landscaping, marine environments, railways and garden products.

Glulam (glue-laminated timber) opens up many architectural opportunities. In relation to its weight, glulam is one of the strongest construction materials available. Sweden already has a long tradition of building one and two-storey buildings in wood.

Wood is a light material that can carry heavy weights and is therefore suitable for a high degree of prefabrication. The interest in timber construction for multi-storey buildings is increasing worldwide due to its efficiency and climate friendliness. (https://www.swedishwood.com/)

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