The line manufacturing laminate veneer lumber (LVL) of Metsä Wood which is part of the Metsä Group, has been launched for a production test run at the Punkaharju mill in Savonlinna. The new line produces 65,000 cubic meters of veneer wood per year, known under the Kerto® LVL brand. The investment will increase the plant’s production by about 50%.
The implementation of Pinomatic delivery combines the strong expertise of Metsä Wood in mechanical wood processing and the innovative solutions of Pinomatic, as well as experience in equipment supply for the wood products industry. The delivery contained the LVL line from the press all the way to the complete package.
The delivery included the entire line project management and scheduling, and also installations of the equipment of other suppliers were included in the delivery of Pinomatic. The installation of the line started in mid-November, and the line was launched in mid-February, i.e., the installation time was only three months.
The choice of Pinomatic as a supplier was based on their ability to provide innovative solutions to Metsä Wood’s demands in terms of the sawline. In 2016, Pinomatic also delivered an almost equivalent line to Lohja factory of Metsä Wood. The demonstration of the successful delivery of the previous sawline also confirmed choice in favor of Pinomatic.
CLT Plant Oy started production of clt plates in autumn 2018 in Kauhajoki, Southern Ostrobothnia. The area is renowned for its entrepreneurial spirit, and this is also an indication of how and, with the help of a common spirit, even this big project starts to move. The company has a number of shareholders, most of whom are local individuals and companies. The factory is the third production unit to manufacture clt in Finland.
When considering the investment decision, the goal was to manufacture the size of the plate is 3.5mx16m. Intention was to find a domestic manufacturer (mechanization and safety) whose skills and project management would be high enough for project implementation. A qualifying supplier was first sought from Finland, because of Pinomatic’s references, know-how and the ability to come up with solutions with the customer.The delivery of Pinomatic Oy included factory pre-planning: matching to production facilities, capacity calculations, and actual mechanization equipment.
The delivery process was different from the normal delivery because the factory is located in the same city as Pinomatic. The equipment was assembled and installed and test run at the customer’s premises, so any need for change became visible already at an early stage. In this way, the CLT Plant staff got to know the devices and the start-up learning process could be minimized, and the devices could be set to productive operation fast.
The new production line produces the non-settling SmartLog of Kontiotuote. According to Kontiotuote, in addition to the domestic market, there is a high demand for logs worldwide. Currently, Kontiotuote supplies buildings, in addition to Finland, to approximately thirty countries each year, France, Russia, Japan, and Sweden being the largest export countries. The investment almost doubles the capacity of log production capacity of Kontiotuote. As the only log house manufacturer in the world, Kontiotuote processes and produces wood products itself from logs all the way to finished products.
The production line of Smart Log is the first of its kind in the world, and this fact placed special demands on procurement. There were looking for the best experts and equipment suppliers in the industry around the world, but finally were found the necessary know-how from Finland. With the exception of the planer shipped from Slovenia, all equipment has been designed and delivered by Pinomatic Oy from Kauhajoki.
The delivery of Pinomatic Oy included the complete manufacturing line of non-settling logs. The technology used is mainly based on Finnish know-how and has employed Finnish people, The project, which is challenging in terms of the schedule and technology, has been a great success in cooperation with Pinomatic Oy. On the basis of the long and strong expertise of Kontiotuote, high demands were placed on the new production line, to which Pinomatic responded with innovative and customer-specific solutions and a high level of automation.
Pinomatic Oy delivered a new combiline to SWM-Wood in March 2019. With the investment, SWM-Wood accelerated the lathing and packing. The new and efficient solutions on the line are especially gentle to handle wide pieces of sawn timber.
The Combiline is Pinomatic’s first delivery to SWM-Wood. From the outset, the line was individually designed to meet the needs of the customer. The ideas for the line were pondered long with the customer, and finally, the right solutions were found. According to Pinomatic’s Sales Manager Sami Malinen, long-term planning was based on ease of use of the line and the importance of gentle treatment of heat-treated wood, without compromising the quality raw material at any time. Although the existing hall had its own challenges to design, the space could accommodate all the functions required by the line.
Before the delivery the SWM-Wood staff arrived at Pinomatic and trained the personnel for the introduction of the new line.