September marked yet another month for Södra of very high sales figures to the Swedish building materials market, and October is following a similar pattern.
The increase should be viewed in light of the extremely high levels recorded in 2015, a year that was something of a record for sales to the Swedish building materials trade. In total, Södra delivered 275,000 cubic metres of construction timber in 2015. But compared with September 2015, sales have now increased a further 10 percent, while figures for October are 6 percent higher than in the preceding year.
“This confirms an important trend for timber construction,” said Jörgen Lindqvist, Business Area President for Södra Wood. “Sweden is becoming increasingly aware of the fantastic raw material that wood represents. Our joint efforts to realise fossil-free alternatives benefit all of society.”
Aside from construction timber, there is robust demand for processed wood products, such as coated cladding. Coated cladding can be installed year-round, making construction less seasonally dependent. Fredrik Gustavson, Sales Director, Södra Wood Scandinavia, explained that the growing demand for wood products is due to several reasons.
The Swedish market accounts for 35% of the total market and is the largest single market for Södra’s sales of construction timber to industry and the building trade. However, the Netherlands and the UK are growing, and Södra has also noted a strong trend in these markets toward more construction using timber.