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Gruvön Sawmill, Sweden, has passed responsibility for its machinery, operations, maintenance and its 30 staff involved with materials handling, to Kalmar. In conjunction with the transition Kalmar has supplied the mill with eight new 16-tonne, DCE160-12 forklift trucks (FLTs), two RTD 1523 logstackers with a 15-tonne lifting capacity and a 30-tonne capacity RTD 3026 logstacker to the mill.

Håkan Lundberg, Site Manager at Gruvön Sawmill, commented on the new operation:
"We were looking to ensure efficient handling at the sawmill and Kalmar offered the best solution. With Kalmar taking care of all handling assignments, we can concentrate on our core business operations."


Focus on function

The three new logstackers will be used in the unloading and storage of timber. The machines are all fitted with long range booms and a rotating gripper in order to efficiently unload timber from trucks and railway wagons, pile it up and drive it to the saw.


The FLTs will handle the sawn products within the plant, at the warehouse and when unloading. Sawn and planed products are transported to customers by truck, sea and rail, and in containers.

Gruvön Sawmill

The mill is part of Stora Enso Timber and has a planned annual production of over 400,000m3 of sawn wood products. Around 100,000m3 of this is refined at the sawmill's planing mill. Products are customised and over 85% are exported. About 130 people work at the sawmill, operating over two shifts.