12 February 2019
SWEDISH FEDERATION PROMOTE WOOD AS A COMPETITIVE MATERIAL
Through inspiration, information and education, we promote wood as a competitive, renewable, versatile and natural material. Swedish Wood also lobbies on behalf of its members on key industry and trade issues. Our members produce over 90% of the annual volume of sawn goods in Sweden.
Swedish Wood strengthens the position of sawmills Swedish Wood’s task is to expand the market for, and increase the value of, Swedish wood products, and to help grow the global bio-economy. According to a 2017 study by Linköping University, Sweden will be constructing half of its buildings in wood by 2025. We are thus predicted to have a wood construction-related industry with a turnover of around SEK 40 billion in the Swedish market alone, compared with about SEK 17 billion in 2015. Swedish Wood is taking the initiative in developing a strategy to support this development. In fact, Sweden is building a completely new industry. We have also published a report on improving the competitiveness of the sawmills, plus Lean Wood Enterprise (LWE), a report on wood-based industrial construction. Exports remain important The domestic market is our biggest and it continues to grow thanks in part to the increasing interest in wood construction. However, around 70 percent of our raw material is currently exported and there is potential to further expand and optimise exports. The proportion of specialist and value-added products is rising – everything from strength graded timber and specialist dimensions to glulam and components. The Swedish wood industry’s largest export segment is builders’ merchants and timber merchants in the UK. In 2017, we had the express task of further strengthening our position here and now Sweden accounts for almost 50 percent of all wood imported into the UK.
Swedish Wood is also constantly working on new markets. At the moment, we are working with the Chinese authorities to increase wood construction in what is the world’s second largest import market for wood products. Vietnam and India, where we have attended industry trade shows with our member companies, are also hot markets with an interesting industrial structure. In this way, we are fulfilling our mandate: to maintain our strong position in our domestic market, while at the same time exploiting the opportunities of strong growth in Europe and globally. In Sweden, we have a long tradition of building one- and two-storey buildings in wood. In recent decades, there has also been a realization of the major technical and environmental benefits that wood offers. This has led to ever taller high-rises, sports halls and road bridges being built around a wooden structural frame.
Today, modern construction of multi-storey buildings in wood has a market share of 10% and interest continues to grow and grow. No other construction technique has developed as quickly as modern building in wood. With wooden structural frames in our buildings, we can show a broad spectrum of benefits compared with other construction methods. We are building more cost-effectively, quickly and safely, without increasing the construction sector’s negative environmental impact. Industrial production increases building Wood is a light and strong material, ideally suited to vertical extensions and supplementary development in dense urban environments. It is also ideal for industrialization. Industrial production gives us good control over quality, costs, logistics and the working environment. This makes the time on the construction site shorter, which causes less disruption to neighbours. Modern industrial techniques for building in wood thus save both time and money. This in turn creates good conditions for increased building.
For more information contact Mrs Susanne Rudenstam, Director Construction:
SWEDISH FOREST INDUSTRY FEDERATION
Storagatan 19 / SE-10204 STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Tel. +46 8 7627273