A sustainable, modern material
70 percent of Sweden’s land area is covered by forest, most of it coniferous.Sweden is the third largest exporter of sawn timber in the world. The Swedish sawmill industry has many years’ experience of global exports.
In less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled. And since the felling rate is less than the growth rate, the the volume of forest continues to increase by a net annual increment.
The forest and sustainable forestry
Swedish forestry has a long tradition of sustainability and recognizes that economic, social and biological sustainability are all cornerstones of sustainable forestry. The Swedish sawmill industry knows that its future is linked to the protection and expansion of its forests. This, in combination with strong, effective laws, ensures that all Swedish timber comes from sustainably managed forests. Every harvested tree is replaced by at least two planted seedlings. In less than 100 years, Sweden’s forest assets have doubled. And since the felling rate is less than the growth rate, the the volume of forest continues to increase by a net annual increment.
The high quality Swedish Pine is very well suited for furniture and it is easy to work within the production process
As well as legislation requiring nature conservation and replanting, there are also voluntary international forest certification systems. Certification is verification from an independent third party that a product is in accordance with its description. There are two main schemes in Sweden – FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). In 2017 the FSC had 12 million hectares of certified forest land and the PEFC programme had 16 million hectares of land.
Pine and spruce
Swedish sawn timber consists mainly two conifer species: pine (Pinussylrestris) and spruce (Piceaabies). Swedish timber is of a high quality and has a medium to coarse texture with uniform and straight grain.
Quality grades of timber
The Swedish sawmills produce a wide selection of different qualities of sawn and planed pine and spruce; they can also provide specially ordered grades of timber, and timber with special dimensions.
Nearly all sawn timber from Sweden is kiln dried: 50 percent is dried in compartment kilns and 50 percent in progressive kilns. The target moisture content is typically 16% for planed timber and 18% for sawn timber. For joinery and mouldings, the target moisture content is 12%, and for timber in furniture it is 8%. Dried timber has increased dimension stabilityand is ready to use in the right application.
Common uses for Swedish wood
Thanks to its high quality, Swedish pine is a material that is very well suited for furniture, as it is easy to work within the production process. The surface of Swedish pine and spruce also offers endless aesthetic possibilities.
The Swedish sawmill industry can deliver wooden windows, doors, panels and floorboards in many different styles and dimensions, to suit all architectural styles.
Pressure treated wood for the outdoors is another use for Swedishpine. Pressure treated timber can beused for construction, landscaping,marine environments, railways, garden products and many other applications.
Glulam, glued laminated timber, opens up many architectural opportunities. In relation to its weight, glulam is one of the strongest construction materials available
Sweden has a long tradition
of building one and two-storey buildings in wood. Wood is a light material that can carry heavy weights and is therefore suitable for a high degree of prefabrication.
The interest in timber construction
for multi-storey buildings is increasing worldwide due to its efficiency and climate friendliness.
Swedish timber is also used for packaging purposes and suits various functions and quality requirements.
For further information: www.swedishwood.com