Moulded Wood Pallet Machine Aids Tight Supply of Logs And Wood Chips in Sweden

Moulded wood pallet machine is the good equipment for the tight log situations in Sweden. And PalletMach can supply the whole solution for pallet business, under the lack of logs.

The forest industry in Sweden has been running at high operating rates for over a year, resulting in increased importation of wood raw-material and higher domestic prices for logs and pulplogs. From late 2016 to early 2018, domestic prices for logs and pulplogs were up 16% and 19%, respectively according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

Consumption of wood raw-material by the Swedish forest industry increased in 2017 and early 2018, especially in the pulp sector, which struggled to supply their mills with wood fiber during the winter months. As a result, logs and wood chips importation rose and domestic prices for sawlogs and pulpwood increased, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Softwood log imports were up over 25% during the first four months of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017, and hardwood pulplog imports were up over 70% in the same period. There were also three rare shipments of Eucalyptus chips from Brazil and Uruguay to Swedish ports during the winter as supply of both domestic and imported hardwood logs had become tight.

Tight supply of logs and wood chips

Softwood log imports to Sweden increased for the second consecutive year in 2017 to 4.5 million m3, with Finland and Estonia expanding their market share the most. However, in the 4 quarter of 2017, import volumes fell to their lowest levels in two years because of weather related struggles in sourcing logs around the Baltic Sea. When the weather improved in early 2018, shipments of softwood logs increased and 1 quarter of 2018 imports from Finland and Estonia were up 88% and 42% respectively, from the 1 quarter of 2017.

The biggest changes in supply sourcing over the past five years include a dramatic decline in softwood logs being shipped from Latvia to Sweden and a steady increase in logs coming from Norway to pulpmills in Central Sweden. Log imports from Norway to Sweden have increased from two million m3 in 2013 to 2.5 million m3 in 2017 and accounted for 56% of Sweden’s total log import volume last year.

Average import prices for pulplogs from Norway have risen over 30% in the last year to reach US$60/m3 in the 1 quarter of 2018, a substantially steeper increase than that seen for domestic pulplog prices, reports the WRQ. Domestic log prices in Sweden have been on a steady upswing from the 4 quarter of 2016 to the 1 quarter of 2018 with prices for sawlogs and pulplogs increasing by 16% and 19%, respectively.

During July, over 25,000 hectares of forests have been destroyed by fires in Sweden. Substantial restrictions in timber harvests and reduced log deliveries have resulted in declining log inventories throughout the forest industry. As a consequence, it is likely that log imports will increase during the second half of 2018.

forests have been destroyed by fires in Sweden

For these reasons, the price of wooden pallets also will rise. But, PalletMach has the good solution under the lack of logs. That is moulded wood pallet machine. Moulded wood pallet machine not only helps to dispose wood waste, but also gains new pallets to earn money.

Advantages of moulded wood pallet machine

moulded wood pallet machine

  1. Low investment

Raw materials for moulded wood pallet machine

Waste wood, scrap of the wood, sawdust wood chips, wood shaving, wood chips, big chips, raw wood, burned forest, logs, wood board, branches, timber, wood flakes, and waste pallets, and so on.

Contenting rich fiber also can be used to produce the pallets, such as straw, waste kraft paper, bamboo, palm trees, coconut, softwood, wheat straw, bagasse, and miscanthus, and so on.

The price of the raw materials is less than 50%, so the production cost is also lower than 50%. In addition, the technology process of plastic pallet making line is easier, and easy to operate. Meanwhile, the investment of moulded wood pallet machine is lower than the traditional wood pallet machine.

  1. Perfect finished pallets

moulded wood pallet

Moulded wood pallet is one-piece design. There are no nails or staples to reduce product and package damage. And eliminating burrs help reduce employee and customer injuries. Round edges design of molded wood pallet is also suitable for cargo safety, and perfect reinforcing rib to enhance loading ability. Accurate size with one time pressed, no bending.

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