Västerbotten Investment Agency

Advanced wood technology and processing

Wood industry in Sweden

With a long forestry tradition and a strong supply of raw material – 3 041 000 hectares of productive forest – Västerbotten in north Sweden has generated exceptional craftsmanship as well as unrivaled know-how in large wooden constructions, solid wood frames and glulam products.

World-class institutes like Luleå University of Technology, Umeå Institute of Design, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and SP Trätek (the Swedish National Testing and Research Institute for wood technology) are constantly taking R&D to new heights in fields like wood and biofuel technology, wood physics, ultra structure, forest biotechnology and industrial design.

Västerbotten also hosts the world’s densest cluster of forestry machine manufactures and developers, including the headquarters and production plant of Komatsu Forest in Umeå and an R&D center for intelligent off-road vehicles.

World-class plant science

Umeå Plant Science Center (UPSC), a centre of experimental plant biology, is the world leader in forest biotechnology and attracts hundreds of international scientists. Companies like SweTreeTechnologies provide technologies for improved productivity and performance properties of trees and wood fibers, creating new business opportunities for forestry, paper- and pulp industries as well as packaging and textile.

With the forest biotechnology as an emerging market, Västerbotten offers an educated workforce and unique access to academic research through tech transfer establishment, as well as many forest research sites and strong links to the processed wood industry.

With our constant search for new areas of application, business opportunities are seemingly endless in northern Sweden, especially within the refinement market and the development of engineered wood products.

5 reasons to invest in Wood in Västerbotten:

  • Strong forestry and sawmill traditions
  • Good supply of high quality raw material
  • Wide-ranging wood processing industry
  • Clusters in forest technology and machinery
  • A high level of education and world-class R&D