The first deliveries from the new production line are currently on the way to customers in Europe and Africa. The official inauguration will be in early September.
The investment will expand the product portfolio of the UPM Chudovo mill. One new product in Chudovo, the WISA-Birch LG, has already been produced on the new production line. LG, or Long Grained, refers to the direction of the surface grain, which is positioned parallel to the long edge of the plywood panel. In traditional WISA-Birch plywood, the graining runs in the cross-panel direction. Both are used either as structural plywood in building or as visual interior elements such as walls, floors, ceilings or cabinets.
“The applications for both cross- and long-grained plywood are very often the same. However, there are markets such as Benelux, the UK or South Korea where more long-grained plywood is used, and now UPM Chudovo’s investment will enable us to seek growth in these markets,” explains Jouni Töyräs, Vice President, Sales, UPM Plywood.
In addition to these WISA-Birch plywood products, the UPM Chudovo mill also produces coated WISA plywood for the transport industry and concrete forming, as well as uncoated birch plywood for insulating elements of LNG tankers.
The total value of the UPM Chudovo mill expansion investment is about EUR 50 million. The project consists of new plywood production lines, including all machinery needed for veneer and plywood manufacturing. A new bio heat boiler has also been built at the site. The mill's annual production capacity will increase by 45,000 up to 155,000 m3 per year and it is estimated that around 100 new jobs will be created - both directly at the mill and indirectly, in wood procurement and logistics, for example.