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A sawmill with passion for the extra complicated
Sweden is a forest country that feeds many successful companies in the forestry, paper and pulp industry. One of them is Bäckebron’s sawmill, a privately-owned mill who gladly takes on difficult deliveries.
Bäckebron's sawmill lies in a small village in mid-Sweden and has been producing timber products for more than 100 years.
“We are one of the few remaining family-owned companies in the forest industry. We are small compared to many others, so it is important for us to be members of the Paper Province cluster and network,” says Björn Sjöberg, CEO at Bäckebron’s sawmill.
Paper Province is a business cluster focused on bioeconomy, encouraging collaboration, innovation and regional growth. The cluster is owned and operated by its 108 member companies. Bäckebron’s sawmill is one of them.
“Through the cluster we can get support and expert help in areas that is not our core business, and that means a lot”, Björn Sjöberg continues.
Nothing goes to waste
Bäckebron has 22 employees and saws about 50,000 cubic meters and planes 15,000 cubic meters per year. The turnover is 120 million SEK, with a large potential to grow.
The staff lives close by and one can say that the trees do too. The spruce and the pine grow just around the corner, in the regions of Värmland and southern Dalarna, touching the Norwegian border.
The sawmill is specialized in small logs and the trees that pass through the production are relatively narrow, somewhere between 12 and 21 centimeters in diameter. After the wood has been sawn, dried and processed, it is sold to be used as building interiors and exteriors, such as wood panels. The largest market for Bäckebron’s sawmill is Sweden and Norway and just over 10 per cent of the deliveries go to the Alpine region in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France.
Pulp mills and heating plants purchase the leftovers, such as wood chips, shavings and bark, and turn it in to paper and district heating. Nothing from the log goes to waste. Bäckebron is building a new sieve worth about 10 million SEK. When finished, the quality of the cellulose chips will be even higher, a positive thing for the customers in the pulp industry.
All deliveries undergo a quality control before leaving Bäckebron. The control starts once the logs are unloaded from the trucks that bring timber several times a day.
“Quality is top priority. It is also our niche,” Björn Sjöberg explains. “We can produce small series and what other suppliers see as really complicated. Doing what the big players do not want to take on, that is our thing.”