Koskisen invests in thin plywood production in Hirvensalmi – a new thin plywood press improves productivity and enables the use of renewable energy

Koskisen Corporation press release, 28.8.2023, at 9:00

The wood products company Koskisen is investing in a new thin plywood press at its thin plywood production unit in Hirvensalmi. The replacement investment will increase the pressing capacity of thin plywood by approximately a quarter, enable an increase in the product offering and improve product quality.

"With the new press investment, production productivity will improve significantly, because at the same time we are able to rationalize the entire production process and its various work phases. The press investment will also improve the energy efficiency of production and enable the use of renewable energy," says Unit Manager Miikka Lehtinen.

The installation of the new press is currently underway, and it will be taken into production use at the turn of August and September. In addition to the press investment, several small investments have been made to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy.

"A new steam pipe has been drawn from the biopower plant for production, allowing us to increase the use of thermal energy produced by our own bioenergy power plant. The number of heat pumps in different spaces has also been increased. With these measures, depending on the time, we save 25–50 per cent of the electrical energy purchased. Electricity is only needed for the operating electricity of production machinery, lighting and other household electricity, for example in office premises," says Lehtinen.

The Hirvensalmi production unit produces high-quality thin plywood and birch veneer, the most common applications of which are various design products, such as lamps, jewellery and scale models, as well as various craft products. Thin plywood and birch veneer are also widely used in the furniture industry and, for example, in the manufacture of small aircraft.

Additional information:
Sanna Väisänen, Director, Sustainability and Communications, Koskisen Corporation
Tel. +358 20 553 4563

Koskisen is an international wood processing specialist with more than a century of experience and known for its agility and ability to listen to the customer. We utilise our valuable wood raw material as thoroughly as possible, up to the last particle of sawdust. At the same time, we bring the best carbon narrative to life: We manufacture high-quality and sustainable products that store carbon for decades. The Group’s revenue in 2022 was EUR 318 million. Read more: koskisen.com