With the modernisation of its basic chipboard line, Koskisen’s chipboard mill will be celebrating a respectable 40 years of operations next spring.
Chipboard manufacture in Finland began in 1956. Koskisen’s chipboard mill started up less than 20 years later, in 1975. It is currently the only mill in Finland manufacturing chipboard. The investment carried out in the summer entailed modernising one of the two basic chipboard lines with the aim of ensuring the manufacture of chipboard in Finland for years to come.
The investment in the chipboard mill last summer was not the only one of its kind; since it was built, the mill was modernised for the first time in 1993, when the front end, i.e. the chipping section and dryer, of the chipboard production process was modernised. Back then, the objective of the upgrade was to double production with the help of subsequent investments.
In 1995, chipboard line I, which had been modified from an old parquet press, was replaced with the new and modern line III. Not long after that, the sanding line was also upgraded.
The first upgrade of the new millennium took place in 2007, when a new coating line was started up to replace the old line and its outdated technology. In the following year, the edge-banding line and cut-to-size saw were also upgraded.
In addition, several smaller investments to boost production and improve quality were made over the years. The main goal of these investments has been to enhance production efficiency, but also to enable the flexible delivery of smaller batches to meet the specific needs of the customer.
The production capacity of Koskisen’s chipboard mill today is roughly 100,000 m³. Three quarters of the total production goes to the domestic market for use by, among others, the furniture industry. Although production capacity will not rise as a result of this latest investment, it guarantees the future manufacture of chipboard at Koskisen. In addition, the standard thicknesses for coated chipboard will increase from 30 mm to 40 mm. The new dimensions serve the manufacture of special thicknesses and dimensions of uncoated chipboard.
By the end of 2013, a total of 2,583,055 m3 of chipboard had been produced at Koskisen’s chipboard mill. The target is now on reaching the next milestone of 3 million m³.