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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

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timbernewsA magazine for SCAs solid wood products customers | www.scatimber.com

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Collaboration results in satisfied customersNew approach proves successful at shelving factory Cassettes an efficient loading solution Advantages of pre-painted panels

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What can actually be new about a plank?

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Bob Albery, Buying Controller, Wickes. Photo: John Attwell

nnovationisabuzzwordatthemoment. Itsthesubjectofconferences,booksand expensiveconsultancyservices.Itsalsoseen asthekeytoacompanyssuccess.Butthe trendsofthetimearenottheprimarydriving forcebehindcompaniesfocusoninnovation. Rather,innovationisoneofthemostimportanttoolsacompanyhasintermsofcreating new,moreattractiveproductswhentheold onesbecomesubjecttoincreasinglystiffcompetition.Inshort,itsameansofmaintaining andhopefullyincreasingsales.

andlogisticsmodelforsupplyingamillion ready-packageddoorframesetstotheUK marketannually.

We developsupply-chainsolutionssothatwecanefficientlysupplyhundredsofbuilders merchantstoreswithsolidwoodproducts;at present,werebeingassistedinthisbyadoctoral candidate from Linkping University (plusanotherfinancedbytheuniversity).We workwithourcustomersandtakeoverparts oftheirsupplyprocesssothattheycanfocus ontheirownproductsandcustomers.Wefinish ourproductsthroughimpregnation,planing andsurfacetreatment.Noneofthisisrevolutionary,butfindingefficientsolutionsandbusinessmodelsthatimprovetheproductsforthe endcustomerandmakethemalittlelessexpensiverequiresaninnovativemindsetatallstages. Wewillcontinuetodevelopourproducts, productionprocessesandbusinessmodels,and wewilldothistogetherwithcustomerswho, likeus,believethatitispossibletomakeagood thingevenbetter.Werenowalsosettingour sightsevenhigherbymovingfromanambition ofbestpracticetoofferingourcustomerselementsofsubstantialinnovation.Werenot exactlyaimingfortheNobelPrize,butdefinitelyforsatisfiedandperhapsslightlysurprisedcustomersandforconstantlyimprovingbusinessforallparties.Jerry Larsson Technical Director, SCA Timber

contents What can actually be innovative about a plank? New approach required for new factory Efficient loading solution for sensitive products Team spirit creates good business Getting to grips with the supply chain Painted exterior claddings save time and improve quality Ready-painted products sold over the counter save customers time Notices Unsettled spring in solid wood products market Elks annual dip 2 3 7 8 11

So what does innovationmeantoatimbercompanylikeSCATimber?Weworkwith whatmustbeoneoftheoldestproductsinthe world.Forthousandsofyears,peoplehave usedwoodtobuildhousesandmakeutility items. Anditsclearthatwecanstillderiveinnovationsfromwood.Wereconstantlylearning howwecanbetterexploititsnaturalproperties. Using X-rays, 3D measurement and advanced imaging technology, we know exactlywhatpropertiesaloghasandhowto matchtherawmaterialaswellaspossiblewith thedesiredproductcharacteristics.

But innovationdoesntonlyapplytotheproductitself.InMunksundwevebuiltafactory that manufactures window components. There,wefirstproduceknot-freecomponents, atotalofalmost50millionindividualpieces ofwoodinayear,whichwethentwistandturn toensurethatthecomponentthatwillsubsequentlybecomeawindowframehasexactly therightpropertiesintherightplace.With moderntechnologyandprocesscontrol,we canindustriallymanufactureaproductthat waspreviouslymadeusingknowledgeofthe craftsmanshiprequiredfortherawmaterial selected. InKramfors,togetherwithpartners,weve designedafactoryformanufacturingamillion ready-to-assembleshelvingsystemseachyear. Wevealsodevelopedanefficientproduction

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TimberNews SCA Forest Products ABSE-851 88 Sundsvall, tel +46 60 19 30 00 www.scatimber.com

Timber News is published four times a year Editor-in-chief Bjrn Lyngfelt Production Fryklunds Repro & printing Tryckeribolaget Subscribe to Timber News, please contact ingrid.lofqvist@sca.com Feel free to quote us, but please name us as your source.

SCA TIMBER is one of Europes leading manufacturers of wood-based products, with an annual production of 2.2 million cubic metres. The product range is supplemented with service and distribution solutions for customers in the wood industry and builders merchant sector. SCA Timber is part of SCAs Forest Products business area, which produces publication papers for newspapers, magazines and catalogues, as well as pulp and renewable energy. SCA Forest Products also manages SCAs extensive forest holding and supplies SCAs Swedish industries with wood raw materials, in addition to offering cost-efficient transport solutions to SCAs units.

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Photo: Per-Anders Sjquist

new approach requiredfor new factoryBuilding a new factory with the annual capacity to transform 45,000 cubic metres of sawn wood raw materials into a million shelves for IKEA requires both imagination and new thinking. Its resulted in a completely unique facility, says Site Manager Lars-Erik Frage.he greenery on the birch trees has just started to appear. On the gravel outside TrTeams factory,thelorriescomeinthickand fast.Somearebeingrelievedoftheir loadofsawntimberfromthesawmillinBollsta,whileothersarebeing loaded with finished shelving destined for IKEA stores in northern Europe. Twoyearsago,anagreementwas signed between SCA Timber and IKEAonsupplyingtheclassicGorm storage shelving unit. The task was assignedtoTrTeam,oneofSCATimbers highly skilled sub-contractors andlong-timepartners. But major investments in new technology were required to succeed.Aboveall,itwascrucialthatthe technologywasbothfunctionaland cost-effectivesothatitcouldcompete withlow-costcountriessuchasRumania.Toensuretheprojectsprofitability,avolumeofonemillionshelves wasrequired. Wedefinitelyhadourworkcut out,commentsTrTeamsSiteManagerLars-ErikFrage.

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Building a new facility using triedandtestedtechnologyiseasynowadays. The supplier simply does the assembly work and hands over the keystothepurchaser,whothenonly has to press a button. A few hours later,productionisupandrunningat fullspeed.

Allpotentialstumblingblockshave already been analysed, documented andattendedto,concludesFrage. ButinthecaseofGorm,thecircumstances were completely different.Everythingwasnewandhadnt been tested before.The requirement wastomanufactureamillionshelves peryear30shelvesaminutewith ahighlevelofuptime.Therewasno scopeforanyproductionlinedowntime.

Itwouldhavebeenconsiderably easiertobuildafacilitythatmanufactures products in steel, says Frage. Woodisalivingmaterial,withknots and varying hardness, which makes veryspecialdemands.

The entire project,includingprocurement, planning and commissioning, hasbeencoordinatedbySCATimber. Lennart Wilhelmsson, Development ManageratSCATimber,isoneteam

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The bags of screws are fed through, with the right number at the correct speed, to be attached to each shelf.

memberwhohasspentagreatdealof timeonsiteinKramfors. Ithelpstohaveseveralpairsof eyestoseewhatsgoingon,hesums up.Andmanygreatmindsareneeded toanalyseanddealwithallpotential flaws. The facility was ordered from local industrialinnovationcompanyNyland Design,whoseownerLarsStenstrm hadpreviouslysucceededinpullingoff severalseeminglyimpossibleprojects. Hewasaskedifhethoughthecould findasolutionforthistasktodesign a machine that could produce 30 shelves a minute based on a precise specificationofrequirements.Hesaid yeswithoutamomentshesitation. Initially, the idea of procuring the technologyoutinEuropewasonthe table, but we soon realised that the physicalproximitytoNylandDesign was an important argument in their favour,saysWilhelmsson.

Thetimbergoesstraightfromthe planing mill to the new cutting line, the lengths successively decreasing. There, tried and tested, well-known technologyisusedtoassessthequality of the timber, sort it and then cut it intotherightlengths. Butafterthatstage,everythingis completelynew.Theedgelistscome readycut,fourbyfourinonepiece, andaredrilledwithatoleranceof0.5 millimetres.Fromanotherlinecome the planks that will become shelves. Theyaresortedandthennailedtothe edgelists.

thebagsofscrewsoutofthebigboxes theyaredeliveredinfromTaiwan,in the right number and at the right speed,requiredalotofthinking. Atthesametimethelegsarebound togetherinpairsanddrilledwith28 holesinasingleresoluteaction.

The linewasprincipallyconstructedtoproduceshelvesandlegsseparately, producedasloosecomponents,and thisrepresented80percentofinitial production.Theremaining20percent comprisedadditionalshelves,known asunits,inseparatepackages.That proportionhasnowreversed,dueto demandfromIKEAcustomers.The individual shelf packets have now increasedto80percentofproduction, andthisnowtriggeredasecondphase fortheproductionline. Amongstotherthings,corrugated palletsareusedascarriers.Theyare manufacturedontheproductionline byarobotfromABB.Anotherrobot staplesthefinishedproductsonthe corrugatedpalletstopackets. Completelynewchallenges,says Frage,andlooksalmostfullofappreciation. Inanuntestedcontrolsystemof

And now its on site: a completely unique and largely automated production line, customised to meet IKEAs requirement of always being able to offer its customers a Gorm shelf, regardless of where in Europe theyrelocated.

The nailing line is fully automated anduseshydraulicstoattachthe300 nailsthatareusedeachminute.Thats about66millionnailsayear. As the hardness of the timber varies, we chose to use hydraulics, whichpressesinthenailstothesame depth each time, instead of compressed air, which shoots them into thewood,explainsFrage. Following that, a bag of screws andmountinginstructionsareglued to each shelf before it is packaged, either loose or in a packet complete withlegsanddiagonalbraces. Simplyworkingoutawaytoget

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