Valutec to supply six continuous kilns to Keitele Timber's sawmill in Finland

24 August 2017

Valutec has secured one of its largest deals of all time in the Finnish sawmill market. The Keitele Group chose to invest in six continuous kilns for its sawmill in Alajärvi. The higher drying capacity is a part of a major investment program comprising a total of Euro 32 million, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

With these investments, the Keitele Group’s total production capacity will increase to 1 million cubic meters per year. The total annual capacity of the timber kilns delivered to Keitele Timber amounts to 300,000 cubic meters.

The continuous kilns delivered to Keitele’s sawmill in Alajärvi are of the FB type where the drying takes place in two separate zones to enable a high and even quality. They also come equipped with Valutec’s Valmatics control system. In addition to this, extensive noise reduction and optical safety alarms will also be installed to ensure a good working environment.

Installation of the systems will begin early next year and they are scheduled to be in operation in autumn 2018.

The Keitele Group is a family-owned company that owns three sawmills and employs around 450 people.