Skellefteå-based company Valutec offers the market’s broadest range of wood drying products. With more than 4,000 timber dryers delivered, the company is now a European leader in terms of value-generating timber dryers and intelligent control systems.

Robert Larsson, Managing Director at Valutec

“The market’s willingness to increase the use of wood is the ultimate reason for our existence,” says the company’s Managing Director, Robert Larsson. With regard to sustainable business, we focus predominantly on manufacturing wood dryers with a long service life. I estimate that our drying houses last for at least 40 to 50 years. In addition, the dryers have low maintenance costs and efficient energy use throughout the drying process.

An increasing number of customers perceive the benefits of the favourable sustainability effects of this. The company is responsible for all know-how, design and development of the intelligent control system, which plays a key role in optimising energy consumption at the sawmill.

“Our dryers are built of stainless steel, which gives them a significantly longer service life than the aluminium dryers available in the market,” says Robert. We offer all variants of wood dryers and can therefore build customised solutions according to the customer’s specific needs. The dryers also offer low energy consumption, which is appreciated by our customers in their sustainability objective of reducing their climate impact.

About 20 years ago, Valutec began development work to build more intelligence into its control systems. At that time, an “expert system” was established, with a drying simulator, to make it easier for the sawmill’s operators to optimise the entire drying process.

“We have continued to develop our intelligent control system and today it is at the forefront of technical development in wood dryers,” says Robert. Our unique simulator technology can, for example, calculate energy efficiency by simulating the energy consumption in the drying process, quality, capacity and cost to simultaneously adjust and optimise this.

Wood is natural, durable and recyclable and one of the most common building materials used today. Demand for wood products is increasing in many parts of the world.

“I am convinced that wood will continue to capture market shares from other building materials. In my opinion, we should use wood because it is renewable and more CO2-efficient than other materials. New wood products are constantly appearing, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is growing strongly and is in demand for the construction of everything from apartment buildings to industrial properties. In addition, society’s and industry’s increasing focus on sustainability makes wood a product of the future,” concludes Robert Larsson.