Kuhmo - unique ecosystem around massive wood construction in Finland

The Finnish town Kuhmo hosts the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) factory in the country. It also has special expertise in wood construction. Woodpolis, together with its partner network of private companies and educational institutes, supports the woodworking industry by developing new innovations in the field of wood construction.

CrossLam Kuhmo is Finland’s first CLT producer. Virta describes the factory as a largescale cutting board, where designs are produced according to the client's needs.

“With CLT, the focus shifts from standardization to uniqueness. Elements are not produced to sit in storage, but literally each piece is produced according to its own unique requirements, leading to a perfect line from demand to supply.”

CrossLam cooperates with Elementti Sampo Ltd, a local prefabricated wood element manufacturer using CrossLam’s CLT. There are also local window manufacturers in Kuhmo basically all components for pre-fabricated elements can be produced locally.

Another competitive company in the Kuhmo ecosystem is Timber Frame Ltd. The company is an experienced manufacturer and exporter of custom-made high-quality Finnish log houses. It is exporting mainly to Germany. The log frame manufactured by using Timber Frame’s air tight new technique round log corner fulfills even the most demanding energy requirements.

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Sari Toivonen, Senior Advisor at Finpro’s Invest in Finland unit has been actively promoting industrial wood construction since 2011. She is pleased with the active and innovative approach of the Finnish companies and welcomes foreign investors to Finland.

“Finland is a great location for serving global wood construction markets. We have local expertise and excellent raw material resources. Kuhmo is a great example of our well-working ecosystem, interesting partners and business opportunities for foreign companies.”

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Sari Toivonen
Senior Advisor, Invest in Finland, Finpro
+358 400 472 060