Jutos invests in raw material organization

Pajala The increasing competition for timber in Norrbotten makes the sawmill Jutos Timber invest even more in its new raw material organization.

Fredrik Forsén has been employed as a timber buyer. He has 30 years of experience in timber supply, timber trade, import and logistics. Together with Juto's raw material manager Björn Winsa, his task is to build up Juto's raw material organization, which started in the spring.

"The start-up got off to a flying start, it has gone fantastically well and beyond expectations, the foundation is set and now we are taking the next step by recruiting more timber buyers," says Anette Jönsson, CEO of Jutos Timber.

The background to Jutos' investment is the intensifying battle for forest raw materials in Norrbotten and in particular in the Swedish Torne Valley, which borders Finland. The state-owned forestry company Sveaskog has sharply reduced its felling plans and a new giant pulp mill is being set up in Kemi, Finland, which is expected to buy raw materials in both northern Finland and northern Sweden. In total, over 20 timber buyers are competing for timber and pulpwood in the Swedish Torne Valley, including SCA, Billerud and Stenvalls Trä.

The family-owned Jutos Timber operates sawmills in Pajala municipality: in Teurajärvi in Korpilombolo and in Tärendö, where it acquired Krekula & Lauri sawmill in 2021. The company has a turnover of approximately SEK 450 million and 55 employees.

Lennart Håkansson