HS Timber Group, along with its Belgian joint-venture partner Forestcape, has announced their intention to build a new sawmill in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina. The Argentinian joint-venture operates under the name Acon Timber. HS Timber Group contributes its industry expertise in wood processing and sales. The Belgian partner Forestcape has many years of experience with sustainable forest management in the region where the sawmill will be built.
The investment will amount to approximately $100 million. The plant is designed to process small diameter pine logs (Pinus taeda and Pinus elliottii), which will be sourced exclusively in the region, from sustainably managed areas.
After commissioning, the plant has a processing capacity of 500,000 m3 of saw logs/year. All the sawn timber is dried, and some of it is also planned. The by-products of sawing are pelletized (EN A1plus) or sold to local biomass plants.
The entire product range is designed for export. The target markets are worldwide, e.g., China, the USA and Europe. Some of the machine orders have already been placed: Linck (chipper line), Springer (round and sawn timber manipulation in sawmill and planning mill), Microtec (scanner), Valon Kone (debarker), Gilbert (planning line), Mahild (timber drying).
Commissioning is planned for mid-2023.
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HS Timber Group and Forestcape to build new sawmill in Gobernador Virasoro, Argentina