Swedish sawmilling group Vida expands drying capacity at sawmill in Nossemark

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Vida Nössemark is investing in a continuous drying kiln from Valutec. This will increase the annual drying capacity at the sawmill by 70,000 cubic meters.

Nössemark, in the province of Värmland, produces planed structural lumber with a good deal being exported to Asia. Today, the sawmill produces 150,000 cubic meters but has plans to eventually expand to 250,000 cubic meters. Investing in a continuous drying kiln from Valutec will increase the drying capacity by 70,000 cubic meters.

The new continuous drying kiln is the first investment in drying equipment since Vida purchased the facility from Moelven in 2016. The sawmill previously had 12 compartment kilns.

The continuous drying kiln is of FB type and has heat recovery. It will be used exclusively to dry 2.45 metre spruce planks to a moisture content of 18 per cent.

Installation of the kiln and replacement of the control systems will commence in January 2020 and the facility is expected to be operational in April next year.

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