Metsä Wood and SRV have signed an agreement to build a Kerto LVL mill in Äänekoski
Metsä Wood and construction company SRV have signed an agreement for the construction of Metsä Wood’s new Kerto LVL mill in Äänekoski, Finland. SRV will be the main contractor for the project, which will be carried out as a cooperative project management contract.
“Our choice of partner was influenced by SRV’s expertise in industrial project construction and the contract model based on close cooperation,” says Jaakko Anttila, EVP, Metsä Wood.
Metsä Wood decided to build a new Kerto LVL mill in June, and preparatory work at the mill site has progressed as planned. The employment impact of the construction phase of the project is estimated to be around 1,000 person-years. When completed, the mill will employ around 150 people directly and 200 people in its direct value chain. The mill is expected to start production in the second half of 2026. The mill will have an annual production capacity of about 160 000 cubic metres, which represents a 50 per cent increase in the company’s total Kerto LVL capacity.
“The Äänekoski Kerto LVL mill will be carried out using a modern cooperative model, which is clearly becoming more common in industrial projects due to its advantages. During the development phase, we planned and coordinated the project in good and close cooperation with the client, and are now ready to launch the implementation phase,” says SVP Hannu Lokka, responsible for SRV’s regional units.
Jaakko Anttila, EVP, Metsä Wood, tel. +358 (0)50 406 0614, [email protected]
Maiju Hytönen, Communications Manager, Metsä Wood, tel. +358 (0)50 542 9304, [email protected]
Hannu Lokka, SVP, Strategic Project Development, SRV, tel. +358 (0)400 454 342, [email protected]
Heidi Tetteh, Communications Manager, SRV, tel. +358 (0)40 662 3220, [email protected]
Metsä Wood is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of engineered wood products. We refine renewable Nordic wood into sustainable and high quality wood products. Our main products are Kerto® LVL, birch and spruce plywood and further processed sawn timber. Material-efficient wood products store carbon and play an important role in combatting climate change.
In 2022, our sales totalled approximately EUR 0.7 billion, and we have around 1 550 employees. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.