Thursday, August 31, 2023
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Koskisen, one of the well-known wood products company is investing in a new thin plywood press at its thin plywood production unit in Hirvensalmi. This fresh new replacement investment will increase the pressing capacity of thin plywood. The capacity will increase approximately by a quarter and will enable an increase in the product offering and improve product quality.
The installation of the new press is currently underway, and it will be taken into production use at the turn of August and September. Beside the press investment, Koskisen has also made several small investments that are leading to improved energy efficiency and increase in the use of renewable energy. Pointing out the further investments Unit Manager Miikka Lehtinen said, “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.”
The Hirvensalmi production produces high-quality thin plywood and birch veneer that are most commonly used for various design products, such as lamps, jewelry, scale models, and various craft products. This plywood and birch veneer is also used in the furniture industry and for the manufacture of small aircraft. Koskisen’s press investment comes with better growth, therefore Miikka Lehtinen said, “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.”