The Norwegian wood processor industry is enormous. There are many different companies, all of which contribute to different types of wood products. Here are a few examples of these companies. Borregaard, Glommen Mjosen Skog, and Moelven Valasen. We also take a look at the process used by each.
Moelven is a company that specializes in wood products and building systems. The company utilizes sustainably managed forests to create the products it sells. There are three divisions in the Moelven Group, including Moelven Valasen. Its sawmills produce more than two million cubic meters of wood each year. The company uses pine and spruce from local forests to make its wood products.
Moelven has several mills in central and southern Norway. Their forests are slow-growing and robust, making them ideal for producing quality timber for various products. The company uses these forests to create products like lumbar for industrial use, flexible office furniture, building modules, and more. The company also makes wood chips for biofuel, a sustainable way to produce electricity.
Moelven Industrier ASA is one of the largest sawn wood producers in the Nordic region. Its factories employ nearly 3,300 people and process 225 000 m3 of lumber annually. The company sells raw materials to other businesses and uses them in its products. Moelven makes everything from wood-based kitchen and bathroom cabinets to flexible office furniture and bioenergy. Moelven’s 42 production sites in Norway and Sweden have a combined staff of 3350.
Moelven Valasen is the largest of the group’s sawmills. It has made significant investments in capacity and efficiency, including a new saw line and an energy center. It uses a HewSaw R200 1.1 V4 from Visto, with a feed rate of 70-250 m/min. Intellinova Parallel EN will be installed in spring 2024 and will monitor the mechanical condition of the saw line.
The Borregaard company has a long and rich history. The first mill was established in Sarpsborg in 1889. Since then, the company has expanded into various industries, including manufacturing paper and chemicals. The company also uses wood as a raw material for other industrial activities.
The company is part of the Orkla Group, which employs approximately 2,300 people at its factories. It also has sales offices in Africa and Asia. The company uses a calcium sulfite-based digestion process to produce high-purity cellulose. It also produces chemicals such as caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, and bleaching.
Another important product of the Borregaard company is vanillin, a bio-based flavoring. It is the only company in the world that produces this ingredient. The company supplies vanillin to the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetics industries. The company also has other products from wood, including omega-3 specialty oils.
The company is structured into five divisions. One division produces specialty cellulose, mainly derived from spruce and softwood. Another division makes fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The final division produces natural chemicals, such as ethanol and vanillin. The company also has a facility in Solothurn, Switzerland.
Borregaard is a pioneer in the biorefining industry. Its advanced biorefinery uses wood components to produce eco-friendly biochemicals that replace oil-based products. The company also manufactures the world’s only wood-based vanillin, which has a ninety-percent lower carbon footprint than crude oil.
Borregaard also produces torula yeast, which is derived from sugars found in wood. This protein-rich, high-protein product is used in food products and animal feed. In addition, the company also produces yeast extracts that have good nutritional properties. The biofuels produced from Norwegian forests are the second generation of biofuels.
The Norwegian authorities have supported the biofuel industry, and the forests are covered with trees. However, there are challenges to converting wood to biofuel. The chemical composition of biomass differs from that of petroleum, making it difficult to use. Although there are several alternatives, it is unlikely to replace petroleum-derived fuels. Nonetheless, Norway has the advantage of many forests and an industrial history of exploiting wood.
Glommen Mjosen Skog
Glommen Mjosen Skog is a Norwegian company that provides clients with multiple forest services and digital management tools. The company was founded in 1903 with over 7200 forest owners as shareholders. It is also the majority owner of Moelven Industrier ASA, one of Scandinavia’s largest mechanical wood processing groups. It has more than 110 employees and 18 offices throughout the country.
The company is known for its innovative processes. Its innovative technologies include biorefining, which uses wood components to create eco-friendly biochemicals to replace petroleum-based products. For example, it produces the world’s only wood-based vanillin, which has 90 percent less carbon footprint than crude oil vanillin. Another recent development is a manufacturing facility for wood molasses for animal feed. The company also delivers CEBICO, a thermoplastic composite material made of wood fiber.
Moelven is one of the largest wood processing companies in Norway. Its facilities are located in Norway and Sweden, near the large Scandinavian markets. Moelven employs around 600 people and operates six production sites. It also has a contracting division. The company produces over 6,000 modules a year. Products include plywood, particleboard, veneer, moldings, and other wood-based building products.
The company is committed to renewable energy and the green transition. It has received millions of kroner from the Green Platform Initiative. The company also recently signed a contribution agreement with Shell. In addition, many promising bioenergy projects are being carried out at Treklyngen. BioJet uses wood-based construction waste to create biofuels, while Vow Green Metals develops biocarbon for metallurgy, CO2-neutral gas for heating, and biofuel for the petrochemical industry. BillerudKorsnas and Viken Skog have also formed a joint venture to study biogas and pulp production as alternative fuel sources.
A new spin-off from the Norwegian Wood Cluster, Glommen Mjosen Skog, was founded to promote the country’s sustainable development of wood products. It has been developing a betulin production line. The company has invested in the process’s industrialization, allowing it to produce more betulin for the market without the high costs associated with trinkets. The remaining material is used for skogsmelasse and finer.
TreFokus is a limited company owned by central organizations in the forest value chain. It has been working with sustainable building and urban development for the past ten to fifteen years. The company has a long-term vision of making wood the preferred future building material. It has extensive collaborations with environmental organizations and municipalities.