Raute Corp. has signed a contract worth 93 million Euros with Metsä Wood, part of Metsä Group, for the technology delivery of a new Kerto laminated veneer lumber (LVL) mill in Äänekoski, Finland. This order, the biggest in Raute’s history, is a proof of Raute’s versatile expertise.
Metsä Wood is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of engineered wood products. Metsä Wood is building a new Kerto LVL mill in Äänekoski to increase its total Kerto LVL capacity by 50%. The mill’s annual production capacity is approximately 160,000 cubic meters and the production is expected to start in late 2026.
The order includes all main production processes from veneer peeling to LVL pressing, using automated R7-Series technologies from Raute. All lines are equipped with analyzers for grading and MillSIGHTS software for data capturing.
The ordered machinery, which will be manufactured at Raute’s production units in Lahti and Kajaani, Finland, as well as in the company’s partnership network, and is expected to be delivered between the first quarter of 2025 and first quarter 2026.
“By investing in the best available technology in the industry, we significantly develop Kerto LVL’s production efficiency and ensure a safe and versatile work environment for our personnel. Our long-term cooperation with Raute and the development of the mill’s technological solutions together offer excellent conditions to succeed in achieving these goals,” says Jaakko Anttila, Executive Vice President, Metsä Wood.
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