SCA Merchant Services took a number of customers to its facilities in Northern Sweden to show them where their wood comes from.
A group of customers from Huws Gray and Buildbase were given the opportunity to observe SCA’s full supply chain. The trip’s aim was to give customers a unique insight into where the products they sell are produced.
On the trip was BMJ/BMF Young Achiever Award winner, George Palmer from Buildbase. The award, organised by Builders Merchants Journal and the BMF and sponsored by SCA, aims to recognise and reward talent, commitment, innovation and achievement amongst merchants and their suppliers. SCA sponsors this each year, with the prize being a trip to SCA’s Swedish facilities.
Participants were shown around SCA’s Bogrundet tree nursery where SCA grows around 100 million saplings each year to replace the trees they harvest – a number that would cover just over 50,000 hectares or an area as large as 100,000 football pitches.
The group also visited SCA’s privately owned forests where whitewood and redwood trees are grown and harvested then were shown how timber is sorted, graded and sawn at SCA’s Bollsta Mill. A visit to SCA’s Tunadal Mill showed how sawn timber is then planed to produce the finished goods which are then sent out to merchants in Sweden.
Dafydd Williams, buyer at Huws Gray said; “The trip gave us a fantastic opportunity to learn more about where our timber comes from. Seeing the complete supply chain and processing involved before we obtain our timber will hopefully better our ability to effectively sell timber products.”