Swedish sawmill AB Teamwood is expected to reopen in June following a devastating fire a year ago.

A 40,000m³ planed capacity mill, which produces exclusively for Gothenburg-based Ellwood AB, has been constructed on the site of the former mill, which was destroyed in May last year, along with a storage shed and 1,200m³ of timber.

Ellwood sales manager Magnus Löfgren said a Waco 3000 planing machine, Waco BLT Twin bandsaw and bundling machine had been installed, while a grading machine would be installed after the summer shutdown.

“If you’re going to have a fire it was the perfect timing because of the market situation,” said Mr Löfgren. “But it caused so much work.”

While the Teamwood mill was out of action, Ellwood managed to cut its timber during night shifts at a neighbouring mill.

At the moment Ellwood is focusing on shiplap board and framing timber for English shed manufacturers but once grading facilities are up and running at Teamwood it will look to produce C16, C24 and TR26 material, treated or untreated. Until then it is buying in graded material before planing/regularising itself.

“At the moment we can only just cope with the level of business,” said Mr Löfgren. “I can say the order books are more or less full to at least September.”

He said raw material prices had increased greatly since demand picked up 8-10 weeks ago, which at the moment was not difficult to pass on to buyers.