Production is now underway on a newly installed line at one of the UK’s leading independent sawmills.
Work to install the re-saw processing line at A&J Scott’s site in Northumberland began last year with site works and improvements before the machinery was built into place earlier this year.
The line has now successfully passed final commissioning stages with timber passing through the new machinery.
The state of the art processing and handling line has been installed by German machinery specialist Kallfass to boost the efficiency of company’s secondary processing department, increasing capacity for value added timber fencing and garden products such as feather edge boards, weathered fence posts and gateposts, incised and pointed posts, shaped fence palings, cappings and other planed and moulded products. This will provide a strong complement to the company’s core production of square sawn fencing products and railway sleepers.
The line incorporates secondary processes such as re-saws, pointing, planing and moulding, as well as automated timber bundling and stacking. The line will give a major boost to the company’s capacity for higher value products by increasing efficiency through this department.
The £4.1 million project takes the total investment in new capital equipment since 2014 over £9 million, following a major upgrade to the company’s primary sawmill with Soderhamn Erikson in 2016 and installation of a complete brand new EWD large log sawline in 2014.
Robert Scott, managing director, said: “It is great to have this new line coming on stream to give our production of fencing and garden products a boost. This will further enhance our competitiveness and reputation as a supplier of quality sawn timber products nationwide.”