Timber shortage forcing change in Finland’s wood industry

September 13, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

FINLAND — Ali Harlin, a professor at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, says the availability of wood as a raw material for industry is already a problem in Finland. “You can send a thank-you note for that to the Kremlin. …The first industrial victim of the wood shortage was the Sunila pulp mill in Kotka… Stora Enso announced in early September that the mill is to close by the end of the year. …Before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine about 18 months ago, Finland imported about 7–10 percent of the raw wood used in the processing industry from Russia. In southeastern Finland, the share of Russian wood used by mills was even higher. …In addition, the growing use of wood in the form of wood chips or pellets in biofuel energy production has contributed to the shortage at mills. …”The solution is to increase the value of the forest industry’s end products”.

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