Stora Enso's new production site for cross-laminated timber (CLT) in Ždírec, the Czech Republic, has been inaugurated. Following a Euro 79 million investment, the new CLT site is one of the most modern in the world, supporting Stora Enso's strategy of growth within wooden building solutions. With the new site, Stora Enso's CLT production capacity will grow substantially to meet the increasing demand for sustainable, cost-effective and renewable building materials.
The project proceeded according to plan from the investment decision made in September 2020 to the start of production in the 3Q 2022, when the first panel was manufactured. CLT represents a modern and sustainable building material that allows construction with great precision and speed. The estimated annual production capacity will be approximately 120,000 m³ after ramp-up.
The Ždírec site is favourably located close to European markets. With the new production site up and running, Stora Enso is strengthening its position as one of the world's leading providers of wood-based building solutions with a total capacity of 490,000 m³.
"This is a historic moment," says Martin Brebis, mill manager at Ždírec. "The combination with the existing sawmill will bring additional benefits, for example in terms of raw materials, energy and logistics. It will also add more than 100 new employment opportunities on the site."
Ždírec is Stora Enso's fourth production unit for CLT, following Bad St. Leonhard and Ybbs in Austria, and Gruvön in Sweden.
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world.