Stora Enso invests in automated CLT coating line

15 February 2022

Stora Enso is investing €9m in an automated CLT (cross-laminated timber) coating line at the Ybbs sawmill in Austria.

The investment is designed to further strengthen Stora Enso’s position as a leading global provider of engineered wood products for low carbon, sustainable buildings.

The project is designed to answer a labour shortage in the construction industry and a pressure to shorten the construction time on-site. 

It enables industrially pre-applied CLT coatings on the CLT walls and floors produced at Stora Enso’s Ybbs site. The automated coating solution results in shorter construction times and higher wood protection.

“With this new automation line, we can apply high-quality water-based coating to approximately 500,000m² of CLT walls and floors per year – making us the world leader in this segment,” said Lars Völkel, EVP Wood Products division.

“Our customers will benefit from improved protection of CLT against moisture, sunlight, insects and fire, as well as nicely coloured visual surfaces.”

The automated CLT coating line is expected to be finalised in the third quarter of 2023.