Millar Western today announced it will be implementing an indefinite shutdown at its Boyle lumber operation and has issued severance notices to operation employees. Current market conditions and the Boyle mill’s cost structure have made it uneconomical to continue to operate the facility at this time. The operation will therefore undergo a phased shutdown, with the wind-down of site activities to start in December and be completed in February.
Pine from the northern parts of Sweden has been used at the world’s longest bridge over water. The 55-kilometer-long bridge, which crosses both under and over water, connects Hong Kong, Macau and China. SCA has in the collaboration with Martinsons delivered 300 m3 of pine which has been used as decking at two lookout points.
The interest and use of wood is increasing in Asia in general and in China in particular. From having used the material mostly in packaging and furniture production, wood is increasingly being used in house and building production. With this development, Chinas timber imports have also increased from three million cubic meters to about 25 million cubic meters over the past ten years, says Håkan Persson, CEO of SCA Wood Hong Kong.
The latest example of the increasing use of wood is the 55-kilometer-long bridge linking China with Hong Kong and the casino city of Macau. The bridge is the world’s longest bridge over water. In cooperation with Martinsons, SCA has delivered a total of 300 cubic meters of pine to the building of the bridge. The material has been used for the two lookout points that are located on the bridge and serves as gates for the tunnel. There are also cafés and restaurants on the lookout points.
Approximately 23 kilometers of the bridge runs across the sea and in the middle is a seven kilometer long tunnel for ships to pass by. Previously, it took four hours to drive between Hong Kong, Macau and China, now the journey takes 30 minutes. 420,000 tonnes of steel have been used for the building, which is about the same as the 60 Eiffel Tower. According to official data, the bridge has cost over $ 18 billion to build.