One of Swedish largest forest seedling suppliers, Svenska Skogsplantor has committed to investing 12 million kronor (about 1.2 million euro) in Kilåmon forest plant nursery, outside Sollefteå. In their sowing and packing hall, a lot of machines will be replaced and several international horticultural suppliers will be involved. The investment will lead to an increased capacity in order to meet the increased demand for plants and will contribute to a more environmentally friendly, more efficient and safe working environment.
‘This is a big investment. One contributing factor is the large demand that we’re seeing for plants. For one thing, there’s an increased need from Sveaskog's own forests, a large part of which are being regenerated with plants for faster regrowth instead of sowing, and we’ve seen that demand for ourselves. This is an important growth investment in order to satisfy those needs’, says Sven-Erik Zimmer, the new site manager at Kilåmon.
The work started in February and is estimated to be finished by the middle of June. Several machines will be replaced in the sowing and packing hall. "We will install a new root pruning equipment, a new conveyor system, new control equipment and a new washing machine." Also several international suppliers will be involved. Limex will supply tray washer, we have water silos from Genap and last year, we've already invested in a drumseeder of Flier Systems."
The sowing machine.
All in all, according to Zimmer, the machines will ensure a more secure production and a more efficient, more safe and a more environmentally friendly working environment.
A peek in the greenhouse
More environmentally friendly products
The environmental aspect alone is important to Svenska Skogsplantor. "We supply 52 million plants per year to the Swedish forestry industry; 1 out of the 6 forest plants comes from our Kilåmon location, so every little improvement in the process leads to big environmental wins."
The washing machine of Limex, for example, will be an important environmental investment. "It is our fifth tray washer, but our first on this location. It involves cleaner cultivation cassettes that contribute to better hygiene, so a smaller amount of plant protectants is needed to combat weeds and fungal infections." The washing system also involves recirculating process water which is purified and recycled and therefore requires much less water consumption. "The water silo will not only enables us to reduce our water consumption, we can also use the water to irrigate the plants in the greenhouse or open field, in case of emergency."