Wood from Finland – Slow by Nature
Finland has a long tradition in sustainable forest management. Finland is one of the world’s and Europe’s most wooded countries with 71.6% of Finland’s area being forest. The volume of wood in Finnish forests is increasing every year.
Finnish forest produce are naturally sustainable meeting the six pan-European criteria for sustainable forestry. The forest certification is a written proof granted by an impartial third party that the forest in Finland is managed and used in an ecologically, economically, socially and culturally sustainable way. Finland offers only a short growing season in a year, slow growth guarantees one of the strongest and finest wood raw material in the world. The superior quality of Finnish forest products has differentiated itself from competition.
Wood from Finland – program (https://woodfromfinland.fi/) promotes Finnish sawn wood and its applications in selected market areas and segments. The program is implemented in co-operation with Business Finland and the Finnish Sawmills Association. The main objectives of the program are to form new business partnerships between the global timber trade and Finnish companies. The best Finnish specialists with the most relevant technical and commercial expertise are working with the Wood from Finland program and are pleased to share their know-how with potential partners in India. One such program is currently on with one of the best Indian architecture colleges, where specialised course is being offered as an elective subject.
The forests lower the Carbon Footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emission and store more carbon. Further, processed wood products act as carbon sinks for hundreds of years. Such products are increasingly being preferred world over. In India preference for wood as a sustainable and environment friendly product is growing. Our focus in India will be on value added products like thermowood, glulam, construction timber like CLT, LVL, plywood and loghouses.
Wood from Finland has been present in the Indian market since November 2018 and we believe that the superior Finnish product will find increase customer acceptance as the preferred raw material among the discerning Indian customers.
Author: Dharmesh Sharan, India Representative, Wood from Finland