Arbor invests £4m in new UK sawmill

Arbor Forest Products has invested £4m in a new sawmill planing line at its site in New Holland, North Lincolnshire.

The new line will allow the company to further automate its production processes and pass on efficiency savings to its customers.

The new system was developed with System Hall AB, a Swedish company that specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of material handling systems for the woodworking industry.

Replacing a 12-year-old system, the sawmill line comprises a WEINIG H4200 moulding machine and a range of in-line cutting options, as well as a 5.4m long chop saw.

Through this new configuration, Arbor has been able to remove an entire step from its production processes, which it says has increased efficiencies and made a more cost-effective final product. The sawmill’s timber scanning technology will also help to reduce defects and waste and save time.

Online monitoring, data collection and the ability to check moisture levels have also been incorporated, allowing Arbor to further optimise its processes, target maintenance more efficiently and ensure continuous improvement.

In total, the new sawmill system can custom-cut and process 200m of timber per minute – around 40,000km a year.

In tandem with its ‘Warehouse on Wheels’ concept, which brings customers a mixed product delivery on one vehicle, Arbor is ensuring maximum product availability and consistency, as well as working towards greener solutions.

Arbor’s Operations Director, Phil Yell, said: “Our strategy is to stay at the forefront of the industry and guarantee the best quality for our customers – that’s why we’ve invested more than £15m in automation over the last couple of years.”