The event was described by SCA Timber as the inauguration of one of Europe’s most modern sawmills following a €51.1m investment.

Ulf Larsson, president of SCA Forest Products, said the company had invested a total of SKr1.3bn step-by-step to make the mill an internationally competitive facility. “The new facility is both highly cost-efficient and energy-efficient,” he said.

It utilises seawater for cooling and also makes use of heat recovery.

“Tunadal was Sweden’s first steam-powered sawmill and was the springboard for the dynamic development of the forest industry in northern Sweden,” said county governor Gunnar Holmgren at the launch event.

“More than 150 years later, Tunadal sawmill is still a flagship of the Swedish forest products industry and, along with the rest of the industry, places the highest possible value on the region’s most important natural resource.”

Sawmill manager Katarina Levin said the new line provided SCA Timber with strength and ensured it could face the challenges of the future.