Binderholz, the leading European company for solid wood products and innovative building solutions is accelerating the execution of its growth strategy in Northern Karelia. The company has acquired the glulam factory and planning mill of Anaika Wood Group in Lieksa, increasing its strategic assets and capabilities in Finland. Through this deal, Binderholz will secure additional and established production capacity as well as new know how that has transferred to Anaika from Japan. This purchase will also extend Binderholz's position as a processed wood manufacture globally, as well as its holdings in Finland.
“This is great news to all parties; Binderholz will strategically grow with Finland. Starting from a strong position in Middle Europe, Binderholz has recently initiated organizing seminars for architects, master builders and officials taking the role to promote wood construction in Scandinavia and thereby dedicate the highest possible value added (cross –laminated timber) to a raw material of outstanding quality in Finland. Besides the directly generated workplaces, Binderholz seeks to involve local companies in all of its projects, keeping the value added workplaces and inhabitants in the region. This means sustainable growth for the local community,” says Helvi Väisänen, Senior Director of Business Development at Finpro, Invest in Finland.
The deal consists of two parts: one involving Anaika Wood Group’s entire workforce – 36 employees – being integrated into Binderholz Nordic Oy; and Binderholz’s acquisition of the entire plant and machinery, consisting of two planning lines, finger jointing machine, band saw, glulam press, stacking machine and drying chambers. As a windfall, Binderholz will also acquire Anaika’s existing JAS certification. The purchase agreement was signed 20 February 2017 and closed 31 March 2017.
There are immediate plans for the introduction of a third shift, thereby establish continuous production to increase capacity and allow for on-going improvements. The new operation will target non-European markets, including Japan, China, and the USA. With this integration, future production will focus on machine pine slats from its Nurmes plant into glulam (beams etc.) and a range of planed spruce and pine products. This will take Binderholz a further step closer to becoming a full-range supplier for the Asian and US-American markets.
While timber production will increase to 220,000m³ and glulam production to 50,000m³ annually, other changes will also occur. Processed planed and glued solid timber products will reach approximately 1.2 million cubic meters per year; a pellet works will recycle wood shavings; and the Lieksa and Nurmes sites will undergo modernization further expanding the sawing and drying works. Finally, a biomass heating plant at Nurmes will go operational in September.
Binderholz GmbH is a 60+ year old family owed company. It actively employs 1400 people at five location in Austria – Fugen, Jenbach, St Georgen, Hallein and Unterberg – at two facilities in Bavaria – Kösching /Interpark And Burgbernheim /Neustadt An der Aisch; and at two Finnish locations – Lieksa And Nurmes since 2016. The products now include lumber, profiled timber, single-laser, and multi-layer solid wood panels, glulam, and Binderholz CLT BBS.