SCA Timber Supply is to invest £5m in a new wood-planing mill in East Yorkshire, as part of its plans to double the size of its operations in the UK.
The company, which already operates an importing centre for its Swedish certified softwood products on Hull’s King George Dock, is looking at a number of sites across the region.
SCA Timber managing director Neil Emsley said: “Hull is the UK port into which we bring in most of our solid-wood products from Sweden.
“We’ve had an operating base in the area for many years, and our own warehouse on the King George Dock since 2005. Larger wood volumes coming into Hull from SCA Timber in Sweden will create economies of scale and help us serve our customers in a more cost efficient manner.
“Basing one of our wood-refining operations close to our port of entry for timber makes business sense.”
The decision to add a manufacturing plant to its facility portfolio in East Yorkshire comes after the firm recently signed business agreements with the Travis Perkins Group.
SCA’s new mill will produce wood products for the builders’ merchant sector, serving SCA’s expanded business with the Travis Perkins Group as well as other builders’ merchant customers.
The company has submitted an application to create the new factory and office on an industrial park in Gibson Lane South, Melton.
About 65 jobs could be created on the back of the expansion. It already operates from two sites in Stoke-on-Trent, and one in Welshpool.