Veisto delivered the world’s most modern sawing line to Oulu


The cooperation between Junnikkala Oy and Veisto Oy first started in 2008, when Veisto delivered a sawing line to Junnikkala’s Oulainen sawmill.

An agreement between Junnikkala and Veisto to supply the sawing line to Oulu was signed in early summer 2021. After signing Veisto and Junnikkala worked closely together for two years, discussing issues, such as the length of the line and equipment compatibility. Project Manager Timo Mäkelä and Plant Manager Antti Kyröläinen took lead of the project. When all details were finalised, Junnikkala started construction work on the site and Veisto began manufacturing the machines. Installation began in September 2023, and commissioning took place in December, according to the pre-​agreed schedule. The line is expected to operate at 100 % capacity in July 2024.

The world’s most modern sawing line

Veisto Oy is a Finnish family-​owned company founded in 1964, with a production plant in Mäntyharju. The company, which has grown rapidly in recent years, and currently employs approximately 300 people.

Junnikkala and Veisto have a lot in common; both are Finnish family-​owned companies of roughly the same age that have grown over the decades to become major players in their respective fields.

Marko Järvinen, Technical Director of Veisto Oy, tells us about the sawing line delivered to our sawmill in Oulu, the process and our cooperation.

– The Oulu line represents “the latest and greatest in sawmill technology”. Sawing is done in three stages with three main machine units, optimization takes less than a second and the 101-​metre line has a speed of 60–180 meters per minute. The sawing line uses technology, that takes into account Junnikkala’s wish to have the option to add DX-​units, which would allow two-​stage through-​sawing at a line speed of 250 metres per minute. To improve energy efficiency, we have done product development especially in the hydraulic system, which is as energy-​efficient and quiet in operation as possible, says Järvinen.

A multi-​year process

– For the last couple of months we have been practising sawing and matching equipment from different suppliers. We have also been training Junnikkala staff to use and maintain the line to get it up to speed before it goes into full production — and to avoid unnecessary breakdowns,” says Järvinen.

– We have a great sawmill on the way and we are looking forward to its completion. We haven’t had a chance to test all the variations yet, and there are bound to be challenges ahead, but I believe that by working together with Veisto, we can always find a solution to any problems,” says Kyröläinen.

At Veisto, the Oulu project has kept sales, design, and production teams busy. During the field installation, there were up to thirty Veisto staff and their subcontractors working simultaneously on site. In the current commissioning phase, there are still 1–5 Veisto employees present, mainly in training roles. For Junnikkala, the project has also employed a wide range of people including production planning, operational management, operators, and maintenance.

Long and smooth cooperation

– Junnikkala has a good team and realistic goals. They have been very well-​planned and well-​managed, which is why the cooperation has gone extremely well and without any major surprises. Our project manager has especially praised Junnikkala’s performance during the most critical phase, the installation, when the company stuck strictly to the schedule and enabled everyone to work efficiently and safely.  The cooperation with our customers will always continue throughout the 25–30 year lifetime of our equipment, including developing and upgrading new functions for existing lines. In this way, they remain at the highest technological level for decades,” says Järvinen.

Kyröläinen has also been very happy with the cooperation.

– Veisto has had enough competent staff on site at all times. The company has also shown flexibility and patience with other equipment suppliers, who we have sometimes had to wait for to proceed. Our cooperation will continue, to ensure we reach and maintain full capacity, as well as warranty maintenance and inspections.

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