SCA is to invest more than £4.8m in its sawmills at Bollsta, Rundvik and Vilhelmina as part of a profitability improving programme.

At Bollsta, 10 new wood kilns will be built and new timber and by-product handling yards will be created. The investment will help Bollsta increase its manufacture of products with customer-specified moisture content.

It will also enable better handling of manufacturing by-products such as wood chips, bark and sawdust, some of which provide fuel for the site’s boiler plant.

New packaging facilities for planed timber products will be brought in at Rundvik – the sawmill currently produces 60,000 packs of products each year for sale in DIY outlets. Demand for such products is increasing substantially.

Vilhelmina sawmill will benefit from two new large chamber kilns, enabling it to dry the entirety of its 95,000m³ of sawn timber production. A new fire-prevention sprinkler system will also be installed.