STOCKHOLM, April 2, 2019 (Press Release) -Holmen has taken a new step in its sustainable strategy work. Holmen’s largest forest holdings are located in northern Sweden, while much of its industrial production takes place in the south. To secure its wood supply and add value to its own forest, Holmen is now going to be transporting its wood south on trains from Green Cargo.
“With the planned capacity increase at Braviken Sawmill, we’re keen to establish a reliable and constant supply of wood for our own mills while at the same time increase the value of our forest. We’re pleased to be able to use trains to transport wood from our forests in the north to our mills in the south in an environmentally and economically sustainable way,” says Sören Petersson, Senior Vice President Forest.
Holmen has long worked with Green Cargo on the transport of pulpwood and saw logs between locations in northern Sweden. Over the years, demand and volumes have risen, and now the collaboration has been expanded to include destinations in southern Sweden, as well as a new transport solution with more trains and a new wagon. This means it is now possible to transport more wood on fewer trains to more places – a logistics solution that is not only environmentally and economically sustainable, but also punctual and good for road safety.
“We’re a reliable partner that maintains high quality and punctuality, which enables Holmen to plan its business around our trains. We offer and deliver consistency for Holmen, with no surprises, in a complete package that uses a newly developed transport solution. These have proven critical factors in our renewed partnership,” explains Johan Roswall, salesman at Green Cargo.
Holmen’s business concept is to own and add value to the forest. The forest holdings form the basis of the business – an ecocycle in which the raw material grows and is refined into everything from wood for climate-smart building to renewable packaging, magazines and books. The forest is managed to provide a good annual return and stable value growth while our production operations are run with a focus on profitability and greater value added. In 2018 Holmen’s net sales were just over SEK 16 billion and the group has approx. 3 000 employees.