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SCA Timber, Timber News 2, 2011, English

SCA Timber, Timber News 2, 2011, English

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Timber News is SCA Timber's customer magazine for solid-wood products customers. Timber News is published in Swedish, English and French.

www.scatimber.com
Timber News is SCA Timber's customer magazine for solid-wood products customers. Timber News is published in Swedish, English and French.

www.scatimber.com

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2011
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timbernews
 A magazine for SCA’s solid wood products customers | www.scatimber.com
Collaboration resultsin satisfed customers
New approach provessuccessful at shelving factoryCassettes – an efcient loadingsolution Advantages of pre-paintedpanels
 
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SCA TIMBER is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of wood-based products, with an annual production of 2.2 millioncubic metres. The product range is supplemented with service and distribution solutions for customers in the woodindustry and builders’ merchant sector.SCA Timber is part of SCA’s Forest Products business area, which produces publication papers for newspapers, magazinesand catalogues, as well as pulp and renewable energy. SCA Forest Products also manages SCA’s extensive forest holdingand supplies SCA’s Swedish industries with wood raw materials, in addition to offering cost-efcient transport solutions toSCA’s units.
 
TimberNews
SCA Forest Products AB
SE-851 88 Sundsvall, tel +46 60 19 30 00 www.scatimber.com
 Timber News is published four times a year 
 Editor-in-chief 
Björn Lyngfelt
 Production
Fryklunds
 Repro & printing
TryckeribolagetSubscribe to Timber News, pleasecontact ingrid.lofqvist@sca.comFeel free to quote us, but pleasename us as your source.
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nnovationisabuzzwordatthemoment.It’sthesubjectofconferences,booksandexpensiveconsultancyservices.It’salsoseen
asthekeytoacompany’ssuccess.Butthe
trendsofthetimearenottheprimarydrivingforcebehindcompanies’focusoninnovation.Rather,innovationisoneofthemostimpor-tanttoolsacompanyhasintermsofcreating
new,moreattractiveproductswhentheold
onesbecomesubjecttoincreasinglystiffcom-petition.Inshort,it’sameansofmaintaining–andhopefullyincreasing–sales.
So what does innovatio
nmeantoatimber
companylikeSCATimber?Weworkwith
whatmustbeoneoftheoldestproductsinthe
world.Forthousandsofyears,peoplehaveusedwoodtobuildhousesandmakeutility
items.Andit’sclearthatwecanstillderiveinno-vationsfromwood.We’reconstantlylearninghowwecanbetterexploititsnaturalproper-
ties.UsingX-rays,3Dmeasurementandadvancedimagingtechnology,weknow
exactlywhatpropertiesaloghasandhowto
matchtherawmaterialaswellaspossiblewith
thedesiredproductcharacteristics.
But innovation
doesn’tonlyapplytotheprod-
uctitself.InMunksundwe’vebuiltafactory
thatmanufactureswindowcomponents.
There,werstproduceknot-freecomponents,atotalofalmost50millionindividualpieces
ofwoodinayear,whichwethentwistandturn
toensurethatthecomponentthatwillsubse-quentlybecomeawindowframehasexactly
therightpropertiesintherightplace.Withmoderntechnologyandprocesscontrol,wecanindustriallymanufactureaproductthat
waspreviouslymadeusingknowledgeofthe
craftsmanshiprequiredfortherawmaterial
selected.InKramfors,togetherwithpartners,we’ve
designedafactoryformanufacturingamillion
ready-to-assembleshelvingsystemseachyear.We’vealsodevelopedanefcientproduction
andlogisticsmodelforsupplyingamillionready-packageddoorframesetstotheUK
marketannually.
We develop
supply-chainsolutionssothatwe
canefcientlysupplyhundredsofbuilders’
merchantstoreswithsolidwoodproducts;atpresent,we’rebeingassistedinthisbyadoc-
toralcandidatefromLinköpingUniversity
(plusanothernancedbytheuniversity).Weworkwithourcustomersandtakeoverpartsoftheirsupplyprocesssothattheycanfocus
ontheirownproductsandcustomers.Wenish
ourproductsthroughimpregnation,planing
andsurfacetreatment.Noneofthisisrevolu-
tionary,butndingefcientsolutionsandbusi-
nessmodelsthatimprovetheproductsforthe
endcustomerandmakethemalittlelessexpen-siverequiresaninnovativemindsetatallstages.
Wewillcontinuetodevelopourproducts,
productionprocessesandbusinessmodels,and
wewilldothistogetherwithcustomerswho,
likeus,believethatitispossibletomakeagood
thingevenbetter.We’renowalsosettingour
sightsevenhigherbymovingfromanambition
ofbestpracticetoofferingourcustomersele-
mentsofsubstantialinnovation.We’renot
exactlyaimingfortheNobelPrize,butde-
nitelyforsatisedandperhapsslightlysur-
prisedcustomers–andforconstantlyimprov-ingbusinessforallparties.
Jerry Larsson TechnicalDirector, SCA Timber 
What can actually be new
bu  lk?
I
contnt
What can actually beinnovative about a plank? 2New approach requiredfor new factory 3Efcient loading solutionfor sensitive products 7Team spirit createsgood business 8Getting to grips withthe supply chain 11Painted exterior claddingssave time and improvequality 12Ready-painted productssold over the countersave customers’ time 13Notices 14Unsettled spring in solidwood products market 15Elks’ annual dip 16
 
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Building a new factory with theannual capacity to transform 45,000
cubic metres of sawn wood raw
materials into a million shelves forIKEA requires both imagination andnew thinking.
“It’s resulted in a completelyunique facility,” says Site ManagerLars-Erik Frage.
T
hegreeneryonthebirchtreeshasjuststartedtoappear.OnthegraveloutsideTräTeam’sfactory,thelorriescomeinthickandfast.Somearebeingrelievedoftheirloadofsawntimberfromthesaw-millinBollsta,whileothersarebeing
loadedwithnishedshelvingdes-tinedforIKEAstoresinnorthern
Europe.
Twoyearsago,anagreementwassignedbetweenSCATimberand
IKEAonsupplyingtheclassicGorm
storageshelvingunit.ThetaskwasassignedtoTräTeam,oneofSCATim-bershighlyskilledsub-contractorsandlong-timepartners.
Butmajorinvestmentsinnewtechnologywererequiredtosuc-ceed.
Aboveall,itwascrucialthatthetechnologywasbothfunctionalandcost-effectivesothatitcouldcompetewithlow-costcountriessuchasRuma-nia.Toensuretheproject’sprotabil-
ity,avolumeofonemillionshelves
wasrequired.“Wedenitelyhadourworkcutout,”commentsTräTeam’sSiteMan-agerLars-ErikFrage.
Building a new facility
usingtriedandtestedtechnologyiseasynowa-days.Thesuppliersimplydoestheassemblyworkandhandsoverthekeystothepurchaser,whothenonlyhastopressabutton.Afewhourslater,productionisupandrunningatfullspeed.“Allpotentialstumblingblockshavealreadybeenanalysed,documentedandattendedto,”concludesFrage.
ButinthecaseofGorm,thecir-
cumstanceswerecompletelydiffer-ent.Everythingwasnewandhadn’tbeentestedbefore.Therequirementwasto
manufactureamillionshelvesperyear–30shelvesaminute–witha
highlevelofuptime.Therewasno
scopeforanyproductionlinedown-time.“Itwouldhavebeenconsiderablyeasiertobuildafacilitythatmanufac-turesproductsinsteel,saysFrage.“Woodisalivingmaterial,withknotsandvaryinghardness,whichmakesveryspecialdemands.”
The entire project,
includingprocure-ment,planningandcommissioning,hasbeencoordinatedbySCATimber.
LennartWilhelmsson,Development
ManageratSCATimber,isoneteam
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