Four forestry companies operating in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand have announced the formation of Log Distribution Limited, a joint venture company which will commence operations on 1 April 2019.
Log Distribution Limited is a collaboration between FOMS Ltd, Forest Enterprises Growth Ltd, Wairarapa Estate Ltd and Norsewood Estate Ltd which aims to improve efficiencies in log export through the collaborative management of log marketing and shipping, marshalling and stevedoring, road and rail transport and log storage.
The company’s operations will be based at Masterton and will ship logs from the Wellington and Napier ports. Log Distribution Limited will be supported by TPT which has been engaged to oversee the company’s export marketing and shipping.
Forest Enterprises Growth Chief Executive Officer Bert Hughes says the four founding companies share common interests in the supply chain. The companies collectively identified the opportunity to improve the efficiency and safety of log export operations through increased coordination and scale.
“We believe the formation of Log Distribution Limited will result in reduced waste across the supply chain and better use of our critical rail and port infrastructure,” Mr Hughes says. “A key focus of Log Distribution Limited operations will be to improve efficiency in log cartage across the southern part of the North Island. This includes initiatives that will assist in alleviating bottlenecks in the supply chain, as we expect to see local harvest levels steadily increase over the next five years.”
Recognising the increased demand to provide the region’s growers with a route to market, Mr Hughes says Log Distribution Limited will place focus on reducing the reliance on road transport over the Rimutaka Range and lessen port congestion at Centrepoint Wellington.
As New Zealand’s forestry harvest levels continue to grow, Mr Hughes is confident Log Distribution Limited will strengthen the supply chain and deliver a wealth of benefits to stakeholders. “The formation of Log Distribution Limited is a great example of positive collaboration in the forest industry that will benefit both community and industry stakeholders,” Mr Hughes says.
Wairarapa Estate Ltd and Norsewood Estate Ltd properties are managed by New Forests, an international funds management business specialising in responsible forestland investment. Local management of both properties is overseen by IFS Growth Ltd a New Zealand company specialising in forest management.
Source: Campbell Squared
The Mjösa Tower was officially opened in Brumunddal, Norway, taking over the title of the world’s tallest wooden building. The 18-floor building reaches up to a height of 85.4 metres. The building includes a hotel, private homes and office space. Metsä Wood’s fast, light and green Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products were used in the intermediate floor elements of the building.
The Mjösa Tower symbolises environmentally friendly thinking in construction, and it is proof that tall buildings can be built using wood.
The structure is similar to conventional buildings, but the dimensions of the elements are much larger than usual. Both the structure and facade of the Mjösa Tower are made of wood. The load-bearing structure consists of glulam columns, beams and diagonal members, which suits high-rise buildings well. The first ten floors are made of prefabricated wooden elements. The decks on the upper floors are made of concrete, to restrain the building and keep it from swaying.
Metsä Wood provides competitive and environmentally friendly wood products for construction, industrial customers and distributor partners. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.
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The notified area of final felling in Sweden increased by 18% in February compared with the corresponding month in 2018. It is the highest monthly recorded data for the whole country in for February month in the last 12 years, according to the Swedish Forest Agency.
The total area of notified final felling in the whole country amounted to 18,453 hectares and the increase is partly due to the storms Alfrida and Jan where forest owners now make notifications to be able to take care of the forest that has been affected.
The notified area of final felling increased in all regions except for the region South of Northern Sweden where it decreased by 15%. In the region North of Sweden, it increased by 50% to 3,633 hectares. In the region Central Sweden, the notified area of final felling increased by 78% and amounted to 5,150 hectares, which is the highest monthly recorded data for February since 2007. In the region South of Sweden, the increase was 22% and amounted to 6,266 hectares.
At county level, the notified area of final felling increased in 15 of 21 counties. The largest increase was in Stockholm County, followed closely by Västmanland county which more than trebled. Thereafter, the corresponding increase in Uppsala County was 56%. It is the highest monthly recorded data for February month since 2007 in all these three counties.
The increase in Västerbotten County was 76%. Stockholm, Uppsala, Södermanland and Västmanland counties probably have higher notified area of final felling due to the storm Alfrida. In Västerbotten County, the increase in the areas is partly due to the storm Jan.
In Västernorrland County, the notified area of final felling decreased by 32%.
John Deere is rolling out its new construction simulators – further bridging the gap between the classroom and jobsite. The modular update outfits the new John Deere simulators to one of six machine types: backhoe, crawler dozer, excavator, wheel loader, joystick-controlled motor grader and fingertip control motor grader.
“The next generation of John Deere simulators builds on a state-of-the-art technology that teaches machine controls, hand-eye coordination, safe operation, and operator technique,” said Jon Goodney, manager learning technology, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Simulators offer cost-effective and efficient operator training in a risk-free environment, while avoiding wear and tear on the equipment. It’s a win-win for organizations looking to get the next generation of operators ready for the jobsite.”
Based on actual John Deere equipment, the updated simulators feature swappable controls that allow for quick interchange of joysticks and foot pedals to multiple machine types.
The state-of-the art software boasts highly-detailed, realistic virtual environments designed to cover basic and advanced operator duties through multiple jobsite tasks. A performance function provides metrics to measure student progress to help build proficiency and confidence.
The updated backhoe, excavator, and motor grader simulators will be available this spring, while the crawler dozer and wheel loader will be available for purchase this summer.
The new simulators can be coupled with free online training available through John Deere University, offering a well-rounded operator training package.
The new simulators will debut at bauma 2019, April 8-14 in Munich. To learn more, contact your local John Deere dealer.
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A complex supply chain in a wide forestry ecosystem involves a large number of business transactions between organisations at different points. Tieto Forest Hub service helps wood supply business partners in this ecosystem to improve the efficiency of their wood logistics and mill reception processes.
Tieto Forest Hub improves daily operational planning and follow-up, management of the inventories, and information quality, while also decreasing the amount of manual work and reducing errors.
“Forest Hub provides our customers with productivity benefits and new possibilities for more advanced usage of data and analytics,” says Antti Miettunen, Vice President, Wood and forestry solutions, Chairman, PiiMega.
PiiMega is a software product company located in Oulu, Finland. PiiMega is digitalizing forestry and sawmill industry.
Photo: Antti Miettunen, Chairman, VP Wood Processing Software at PiiMega Oy
Jan Räsänen will be Heinola Sawmill Machinery’s new Managing Director. The current Managing Director, Kari Kiiskinen will continue on the company’s Board of Directors and as an advisor to the management until autumn 2019.
Kari Kiiskinen has worked for Heinola Sawmill Machinery for more than 30 years, the last 10 years of which as Managing Director. He felt the time was right for a controlled change in the company’s operational management.
Jan Räsänen has experience working in the mechanical forest industry, most recently as a plant manager at Metsä Wood. He joined Heinola Sawmill Machinery in 2014, and worked as Head of the Project Department before his post as Managing Director.
Heinola Sawmill Machinery Inc. is the only supplier in Finland concentrating on development of high-quality drying kiln technology.
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As part of the process to achieve its fossil-free targets by 2030, Södra is now earmarking an investment of SEK 20 million ($2.2 million) for the additional costs arising from the choice of new and sustainable transport solutions.
“As one of Sweden’s largest transport purchasers, we have a major responsibility. We want to show the way to a sustainable transport future and this investment will show that we are very serious about achieving change, and inspiring others to follow our lead,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.
The earmarked funds will increase opportunities for working long-term without affecting the day-to-day operations. Södra has previously communicated its investments in liquid biofuel production through its two joint ventures, SunPine and Silva Green Fuel, and its own production of biomethanol.
“We are following our roadmap for “A Fossil-Free Södra,” alongside of our efforts to promote the supply, demand and policy instruments that will enable a profitable transition, and to become a role model for others to follow. With this investment of SEK 20 million ($2.2 million), we can help to drive demand for new technical solutions,” said Henrik Brodin, Project Manager for “A Fossil-Free Södra.”
Hasslacher plans to invest Euro 30 million in expansion of its Preding site in Austria. Holtec to supply new log sorting line for Hasslacher’s mill in Preding, The project will be realised in summer 2019.
Hasslacher Preding Holzindustrie operates a sawmill with a cutting capacity of 250,000 solid cubic metres and produces finger-jointed solid construction timber, planed goods, pellets as well as special pallets and packaging solutions. In the curse of the new investment, the saw line will be modified and the cutting capacity will be increased to 600,000 solid cubic metres logs.
Furthermore the log yard will be extended. For the first time in the company’s history a Holtec log yard is installed. Hasslacher relies on the tried and tested chainless technology from Holtec as well as on the new milling disc for making pre-cuts.
The Valon Kone type debarker is fed with a max. speed of 130 m/min. By means of the control Gap-ControlTM the log gap is optimized for an ongoing feeding.
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Wood-Mizer plans to expand their manufacturing facility in Batesville, Indiana. The expansion project scheduled to begin in March of 2019 will consist of 53,000 additional square feet dedicated to manufacturing the company’s world-leading range of sawmill and wood processing equipment.
With a scheduled completion date of October 2019, the expanded facility will include a total of 132,000 square feet with 124,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing Wood-Mizer’s wide range of wood processing equipment.
“Wood-Mizer is dedicated to providing our customers with a wide range of equipment to satisfy their wood processing equipment needs,” shared Wood-Mizer North America President Darryl Floyd. “This facility expansion in Batesville will allow Wood-Mizer to continue to meet the global demand of our growing range of products that are built right here in Indiana.”
Wood-Mizer offers a complete line of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, edgers, kilns, molders/planers, firewood processing equipment, pallet recycling equipment, material handling equipment, bandsaw blades, and blade maintenance equipment for forestry and timber professionals all over the world.
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Utilizing John Deere Power Systems technology, the John Deere 644K and 944K Hybrid Wheel Loaders have collectively logged more than 1 million operating hours in the field.
This level of real-world experience is key as more OEMs look to John Deere Power Systems for technologies to reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, and enhance machine performance and reliability.
This milestone follows the announcement that the John Deere family of Stage V engines received official certification.
John Deere was among the first to introduce electric drive technology in off-highway equipment, as it produced the 644K hybrid loader in 2013 and the 944K hybrid loader in 2015. John Deere Power Systems joined forces with John Deere Electronic Solutions to successfully design and implement fully integrated electric drivetrain systems — a concept first introduced at bauma 2016.
Integrated solutions expertise
While off-highway equipment manufacturers continue to explore and evaluate hybrid and electrification solutions for their respective markets, the demands of the end customer for reliability and productivity continue to increase. In response to this, John Deere is developing technology to meet manufacturers at various phases of implementation and development.
“In this emerging market for electrification technology, we are working closely with our OEM customers to understand their application needs,” says Darren Almond, Drivetrain Product Planning Manager for John Deere Power Systems. While the off-highway industry continues to grow and adapt, its demands remain the same. And to that point, a rugged market requires a product that can meet expectations in a variety of applications — whether diesel, hybrid or electric.
“Exceeding 1 million operating hours shows that John Deere has an in-depth understanding of how to make hybrid drivetrain systems work in the field,” says Almond. “We can use our expertise to discover innovative ways to develop reliable, efficient, cost-effective alternatives to traditional drivetrain systems.”
Accounting for the entire system solution will be vital to the successful development of this emerging market. The OEM electrification approach of John Deere seeks to offer integrated solutions that address the interfaces between the electrical generator and/or motors, power electronics, and mechanical interfaces.
A complete, innovative lineup
To accompany its proven hybrid solutions, John Deere Power Systems will showcase new, innovative engine options at bauma 2019. The new 13.6L engine from John Deere will be part of the Stage V lineup for industrial and generator set markets. In addition to the 13.6L engine, John Deere will display its 4.5L EWS engine for the first time. The 4.5L EWS engine serves both the 80 kVA and the 100 kVA markets and expands the non-EGR engine generator drive lineup for Stage V from John Deere.
Because John Deere has experience managing these interfaces and developing a fully integrated system, OEMs can place their confidence in these solutions.
To learn more about new electric solutions, the new 13.6L and 4.5 EWS engines, and the Stage V lineup from John Deere, visit the Power Systems booth at bauma, Hall A4 — Stand 139, 8-14 April, 2019.
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In 2018, global trade of lumber fell for the first time in five years, with total trade down 7% year-over-year. The four largest importing countries, the US (-18%), China (-5%), the United Kingdom (-13%) and Japan (-6%) all imported less in 2018 than in the previous year. Much of the decline was the result of weaker economic prospects and reduced housing starts.
Lumber markets – North America
US lumber prices have gone through a historical roller-coaster ride over the past 12 months. Random Lengths’ composite index for southern yellow pine was at $420/m3 in January 2018, peaked at $554/m3 in June and fell to $372/m3 in January 2019.
2018 softwood lumber exports from Canada were down 5% from 2017, with the biggest decline being in shipments to China. A three-year high of 80% of total exports were destined for the US market in the 3Q/18 despite efforts by Canada’s lumber industry to diversify its export shipments. China’s share has fallen from 13% in 2017 to 12% in 2018. The average export price from Canada declined by 28% this fall.
Lumber markets – China
Lumber imports to China fell for two consecutive quarters to reach 5.9 million m3 in the 4Q/18. This matches the pattern from previous years of declining import volumes in the third and fourth quarters of the year. Total imports for 2018 were down 2.3% from 2017 but still the second highest volume on record.
Continued uncertainty about the future of the Chinese economy, decade-low GDP growth in the 4Q/18, and reduced investments in housing and construction have all been factors that have led to slowing demand for lumber in late 2018. Import volumes in January 2019 were up by almost 20% from January 2018, but it is still too early to say if that is just a short-term jump.
Russia’s share of total imports to China has moved up from 55% in the 4Q/17 to 63% in the 4Q/18 as the sawmilling sectors in Siberia and the Far East continue to expand and deliver competitively priced lumber. Shipments from Finland and Sweden have fallen sharply in the past year, from a total of 624,000 m3 in the 4Q/17 to only 335,000 m3 in the 4Q/18, the lowest volume in three years.
Source: Wood Resources International LLC, www.WoodPrices.com
EGGER Ltd welcomed the UK Government’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, to its wood-based materials manufacturing site at Hexham, Northumberland, earlier this month, a trip that comes on the back of concerns raised by the industry about the increasing demand for the UK annual wood basket.
These concerns, which come through the Wood Panel Industries Federation (WPIF), are related to ensuring that wood security is at the forefront of future UK business and energy policy.
“The wood panel manufacturing sector uses 25% of the 11 Mt of wood delivered from UK forestry every year,” EGGER said. “UK manufacturers supply approximately 65% of the total UK annual consumption of wood-based panel products, which can be found in virtually every office, home and workplace across the country and is relied upon by the furniture, house building and construction industries across the UK.”
The minister was joined by Hexham’s local representative Guy Opperman, Northumberland County Council Leader Peter Jackson and Councillor for Hexham East, Cath Homer.
Perry said: “It was a pleasure to be in Hexham with Guy Opperman MP and visit the Egger plant to meet representatives of the wood panel industry and discuss the importance of forestry to the UK Economy. It’s great to see manufacturing firms continuing to invest domestically and bringing highly skilled, quality jobs to the area.”
Hexham’s Member of Parliament, Guy Opperman, said: “I was delighted to welcome Energy Minister Claire Perry to EGGER in Hexham to show off one of our top local employers. It was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the importance of forestry to Northumberland, and I really hope she takes the message loud and clear about the need to maintain forestry and keep timber costs down on an ongoing basis.”
WPIF Director General, Alastair Kerr, said, “We really appreciate the time and engagement the minister gave to this visit. Being able to showcase first-hand the nature of the industry, its products and processes is extremely valuable as it creates a more informed context to future discussions that we hope to have with the minister and her department”.
John Paterson, Director, EGGER Forestry, said: “It was a pleasure to host this meeting with the minister, where we were able to discuss the impact of energy policy on our wood supply.
“Our industry is at the forefront of sustainable UK manufacturing. I was pleased to show the minister what we are able to manufacture at Hexham to meet the demands of the furniture, interior design and construction sectors. Wood security is vital to underpin our manufacturing capability and future capital investment.”
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Powerful cutting performance, fast travel speeds and operator presence controls. Vermeer enhances its professional tree care equipment product line with the introduction of the SC70TX stump cutter. Equipped with a 67 hp (50 kW) Cat turbocharged, Tier 4 Final/Stage IIIB diesel engine, the SC70TX stump cutter delivers power to the cutter wheel and can travel up to 1560 rpm.
“Vermeer designed the SC70TX stump cutter for challenging residential, commercial, municipal and rental applications,” said Todd Roorda, tree care, rental and landscaping sales manager at Vermeer. “We have made several enhancements upon qualities to create a powerful and efficient machine. We know contractors will be pleased with the power, speed and controls of the SC70TX model.”
The ground speeds of the SC70TX stump cutter will be noticeable to operators the moment they take it off the trailer. With a transport speed of 65 ft/,in (19.8 m/min), contractors can maneuver much quickly from stump to stump. The undercarriage system has 4.3 psi (29.6 kPA) ground-bearing pressure in soft ground and allows the machine to track quietly and smoothly. The model’s rubber tracks have a tread design that helps reduce the risk of turf damage while turning.
Vermeer has also incorporated performance and safety features found on its other stump cutters, including an operator presence system that stops the cutting wheel when an operator disengages contact with capacitance-sensing control handles and the patented SmartSweep® control system that monitors the engine speed and automatically adjusts the cutter wheel sweep speed to maximize power to the cutter wheel while reducing engine stress. An optional remote control that gives the operator visibility and flexibility is also available.
The SC70TX stump cutter has an efficient direct drive that maximizes the amount of horsepower to the 23-inch (58.4 cm) cutter wheel, and the Vermeer Yellow Jacket™ cutter system allows for efficient and convenient serviceability.
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Metsä Group has renewed its strategic sustainability objectives. These 2030 objectives extending to 2030 cover all Metsä Group operations and are also mirrored across the supply chain.
Metsä Group’s target is to increase the amount of carbon stored in forests and its products. The amount of carbon in forests will be increased through expanding the area covered by Metsä Group’s forest management services by 30% compared to 2018. The amount of carbon stored in products will be increased also by 30% through investing in products that store carbon for a long period of time. In addition, biodiversity will be safeguarded through increasing the volume of decayed wood in forests.
Metsä Group’s objective is to have fossil free production by the year 2030. This means that the mills will not use fossil fuels and products will be made from renewable raw materials. The resource efficiency of production will be ensured by utilising all the production side streams and by reducing the use of process water by 25% from the year 2018.
Progress against the sustainability objectives will be verified within Metsä Group’s own operations as well as in the supply chain. The aim is to ensure that all personnel will act according to Metsä Group’s ethical principles and the work environment will be accident-free.
Metsä Group renewed its 2030 sustainability objectives as a part of its strategy update. The main raw material of all Metsä Group’s products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests.
For further information, please contact:
Päivi Makkonen, VP, Sustainability, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50 598 9591
Juha Laine, SVP, Communications, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50 346 0350
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Tornator ’s net sales were Euro 112.8 million, up 11%. The growth was due to increases in felling volumes and market prices for wood.
Operating profit at fair value amounted to Euro 116.5 million and profit for the period was Euro 78.9 million. The fair value of biological assets increased in all operating countries, which contributed to the change in operating profit.
The change in the fair value of biological assets increased operating profit by Euro 32.6 million, and a negative change in the fair value of financial instruments decreased profit by Euro 1.6 million before deferred taxes.
Comparable net sales, operating profit and net profit increased in all countries: Finland, Estonia and Romania.
CEO Sixten Sunabacka said: “The year 2018 was excellent for Tornator. Net timber sales, comparable operating profit and net profit were record-high. It was the last year of our three-year strategy period. I am glad to say that we accomplished a comfortable two-digit growth and profitability improved further. The sales of silvicultural services aimed at forestry professionals nearly doubled.”
Tornator is a leading company specialised in sustainable forestry in Europe. It owns forests in Finland, Estonia and Romania.
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SCA Wood France and the French company Innovation Solutions Bois, Groupe ISB, have merged their operations in wood processing and distribution of wood products in France. SCA’s contribution is the company’s operations in wood processing and distribution in Rochefort, France. SCA’s Bonneuil-Matours site will not be part of Groupe ISB, but will be closed after the fire in 2018.
“The French building materials sector is growing and is of great importance to SCA. With the merger we create a large and resourceful supplier serving demanding customers all over France”, says Jerry Larsson, President SCA Wood.
SCA’s contribution amounts to SEK 300 million ($33 million) and contains SCA’s wood operations in France and procurement of shares in ISB. SCA will have a 38.5% share in Groupe ISB and will become the largest shareholder. SCA will not consolidate the company.
Innovation Solutions Bois is France’s largest supplier of wood products to the building materials market.
SCA Wood France supplies more than 100,000 cubic metres of wood products to the French building materials market. The products include wood paneling, flooring, decking and construction timber.
Italian IMAL-PAL Group signed an important project with the Korean company Hanwha for a new pellet plant of 40 t/h capacity, a production of approx. 320,000 t/year. Delivery is scheduled for October 2019.
PAL to supply:
– Screening and Cleaning system of the chips feeding stream by Dynascreen and dry cleaning machines.
– Wet and dry wood milling system by 8 Hammermills of the Falcon type in its high-performance configuration, complete of screw metering, metal and contaminant removing system through magnetic drum and air selection system.
– After the dryer, a screening and cleaning system by Superscreen and wind sifter is to provide for the reduction of energy consumption in the milling area and at the same time ensure the wood quality having removed all residual contaminants in the wood mix.
The Imal-Pal Group is an Italian equipment and plant manufacturers for the wood-based panel industry.
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Komatsu Forest Oy and Dojus Group have made an agreement about Komatsu forest machine dealership including new and used machine sales and also spare part and service sales. The agreement is valid from April 1st 2019.
The group employs 340 people in Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Kaliningrad. Komatsu forest machine agreement covers Lithuania.
“To start the Komatsu forest machine dealership with Dojus Group in Lithuania is an important part of Komatsu Forest’s long-term strategy in the Baltic market area,” says managing director of Komatsu Forest Oy Jari Alahuhtala in Kaunas.
“Our realistic goal is to raise our share in machine sales and after sales products in the Lithuanian market and the agreement with Dojus Group will already in short term raise Komatsu Forest’s ability to answer to modern technology requirements and improve serving forest machine customers also in longer term perspective,” continues Alahuhtala.
Komatsu Forest manufactures forest machines that are sold worldwide.
Laesti, owned by Bergs Timber, with two facilities in Pärnu, Estonia (Savi sawmill and Sauga sawmill), will cease all sawmilling and planing at Savi plant, leaving Savi site as drying center of Sauga production.
At the Sauga plant, at the same time about SEK 10 million ($1.1 million) will be invested in new, capacity-increasing log intake and the production will increase to 95,000 cubic metres annual output production.
After the closure of Savi, Bergs Timber’s Estonian sawmilling capacity will reduce by 15,000 cubic metres. Savi has today about 70 employees out of about 20 will be offered to move to Sauga site and the total reduction will be about 50 employees.
“After the implementation our profitability in the sawmill business is improved while we are increasing the processing operations. Unfortunately, many employees are affected in Estonia and we will do our best to handle the situation in the best possible way,” says Peter Nilsson, CEO of Bergs Timber.
Bergs Timber produces and sells sawn and further processed wood products. It operates its production facilities in Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. The Group also includes its own port and logistics operations in England.
Peter Nilsson, CEO of Bergs Timber. Visit the Company website here.
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