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NOE-Schaltechnik’s formwork systems: The quality-price ratio of the birch plywood panels is a key benefit for us

​NOE-Schaltechnik has used birch plywood from Metsä Wood in its concrete formwork systems for tens of years. The German formwork expert is extremely happy with the quality price ratio the strong birch plywood panels provide. Metsä Wood's birch plywood products deliver the industrial durability needed in concrete formwork systems.

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The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience in Craigellachie, Speyside in Scotland is a stunning sight. Five meadow-covered hills hide the undulating roof of the distillery. The contemporary building combines a wooden roof with glass and steel. Fast, light and green Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) was used as part of the prefabricated roof.

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A wooden Metsä Pavilion in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games

Metsä Pavilion - elegant Finnish wood architecture

​Metsä Group and Business Finland are joining forces in building a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used in Tokyo during the Olympic games. The pavilion will be built on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in the centre of Tokyo, Japan.

This pavilion is an example of innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The building will be made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) elements. The pavilion has been designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Pekka Helin from Helin & Co Architects.

The raw material for the pavilion comes from sustainably grown Finnish forests, owned by Jukka Heikkonen. 

Project Manager Lasse Hietanen, from Finnish AINS Group, is responsible for the structural design of the Metsä Pavilion. The main goal was to create this unique building using as few parts as possible, making the production of Kerto LVL as efficient as possible.

The elements used in Metsä Wood and Business Finland’s Metsä Pavilion were produced at the Timberpoint factory in Loviisa, Finland. CEO and co-founder of Timberpoint Marko Suonpää  highlights that tight-knit collaboration between several professionals made the pavilion come to life.

The low weight of Kerto LVL elements was an advantage in the transport, and the lightness also made onsite handling easy. “The elements could be quickly put together on site,” says Jyrki Huttunen, CEO of Puurakentajat Oy, the company responsible for the erection of the Pavilion in Tokyo. On site, Japanese architect Atsushi Ueda was monitoring the construction and Ueda’s team also installed windows and finished up the interior and the visible surfaces of the Pavilion.

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Hybrid City competition results offer solutions to improve both sustainability and efficiency

Metsä Wood’s Hybrid City Challenge called for ways to make construction more sustainable, while maintaining efficiency using current building methods. The answer lies in hybrid construction: modular construction practically combining wood and other construction materials. The Hybrid City Challenge gathered some 40 ideas from 22 countries.

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Open Source Wood gathers structural calculation tools in one place

Open Source Wood offers innovation, ideas and a library of element and module designs, freely available to everyone. Now, Open Source Wood also offers easy access to structural calculation tools.

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A shelter at Nemus Futurum


​Latin for ‘Forest of the Future’, Nemus Futurum is Metsä Group’s new visitor centre in Southern Finland. The three-hour guided tour through forests showcases sustainable Finnish forest management and visitors use tablets, GPS tracking and augmented reality for an experience of how different forestry activities affect the climate and forest biodiversity.

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A shelter at Nemus Futurum

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