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Wood processing plant renovation for Pölkky in Finland

AFRY provides engineering and consulting services for a Finnish wood processing company, Pölkky Oy’s renovation project of its sawmills in Kajaani and Taivalkoski. 

Wood is a natural, renewable, and durable raw material with unique material properties. Renewable, responsibly produced wood is the only sustainable building material. The use of wood as a raw material is increasing in the building industry as companies are encouraged to adopt more sustainable construction methods to reduce high CO₂ emissions.

Pölkky Oy is the largest private wood processing company in Northern Finland. As part of its long-term growth strategy, Pölkky’s production plant in Kajaani will be rebuilt in 2022–2024. The sawing capacity will increase to 450,000 cubic meters per year, amounting to a sawlog usage of around 900,000 m3 per year. The rebuilding of the Kajaani production plant is part of the company’s EUR 90 million investment program.

Pölkky will also renew the sawing technology of the Taivalkoski unit with an approximately EUR 14 million investment. The sawmill capacity in Taivalkoski will increase to 300,000 cubic meters during 2023 after the first phase of investments. About 600,000 m3 of sawlog will be used per year.

Wood as a building material is fully recyclable, and it sequesters carbon dioxide throughout the life cycle of the building. In Finland, forests are managed in accordance with sustainability and the forest produces more than is spent. AFRY has strong experience in the entire value chain of the wood processing industry. Read more about our services for sawmills.

Project facts

  • Project: Wood-processing plant; Sawmill and sawing line renovation projects  
  • Client: Pölkky Oy
  • Location: Kajaani and Taivalkoski, Finland
  • Duration: 2022-2024


AFRY services delivered:

  • Technical consulting services
  • Multidisciplinary engineering services
  • Various logistics, infrastructure and emission studies

AFRY, with its extensive expertise and strong industry-specific knowledge, was a safe choice for us as a partner

  Petteri Virranniemi, Managing Director of Pölkky Oy.


We are honored to be Pölkky Oy’s partner in this sustainable wood processing project of the future. Our operating model, where local presence and knowhow is supported by global competencies, enables us to deliver world-class consulting and engineering services to Pölkky

  Kalle Rasinmäki, President, Process Industries Finland at AFRY.