Open Source Wood initiative

Open Source Wood

An open ideas platform to foster modular wood construction.

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New video courses in Timber Academy make you a Kerto® Expert!

Timber Academy - online courses for wood construction professionals

To serve our customers better and better we at Metsä Wood have put together a new video course "Kerto Expert" in Timber Academy. The course based on the most frequently asked questions about our Kerto LVL products.

"These Kerto Expert courses cover a wide range of topics with a technical approach, and not just by underlining the characteristics of the products, but introducing the advantages your get with using them. Deeper technical understanding will take your timber engineering expertise to the next level", says Jussi Björman, Director of Techical Customer Service at Metsä Wood, who is starring on the videos.

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Zaha Hadid Architects joins Open Source Wood

Metsä Wood is pleased to announce that London based Zaha Hadid Architects has joined the Open Source Wood initiative - the pioneering open innovation project aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing and growth in modular wood construction.

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Quick, durable roof decking with surface-impregnated softwood plywood sheets

Designed by HMV Architects, the Esperi Kapteenska assisted living facility in Helsinki consists of 15 residential units. This L-shaped building has 16 corners and a low gable roof, which will be built using Metsä Wood’s tongue-and-groove Spruce MouldGuard plywood. Surface-impregnated Spruce MouldGuard plywood is four to five times more resistant to mould than untreated plywood.

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Lagos Wooden Tower introduces green construction to Africa’s largest city

Hermann Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and the founder of company Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the famous sketch of Lagos Wooden Tower. Originally designed as a submission for Metsä Wood’s City Above the City competition, Kamte’s design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture.

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Finnwood structural calculation software

Finnwood structural design software

​Simple and easy to use, Finnwood structural calculation software performs calculations for individual beams and columns made of Kerto® LVL and other Metsä Wood products. A user-friendly interface makes designing structural members fast, efficient and effective.

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Did you know that the cold Northern climate actually improves wood quality?

Sustainable Nordic Wood from sustainably managed forests

​As the climate is cold, trees grow slowly and this is why the wood fibres become dense, making the wood particularly strong but light, and visually consistent.

The wood we use at Metsä Wood comes from sustainably managed Nordic forests.

Benefits of sustainable Nordic wood

  • Strong - Tight grains
  • Light weight
  • Homogenous appearance
  • Natural aesthetics
  • Excellent acoustics
  • Minimal thermal expansion

Nordic wood is sustainable

  • 100% traceable origin
  • 100% from sustainably managed forests
  • 100% renewable: 4 new saplings planted for every tree harvested to ensure a continuous forest growth.
  • CO2 absorbed during entire lifecycle
  • Reliable supply: Our owners have 5 million hectares of forests covering half of the privately owned forests in Finland.

Engineered wood products

  • Kerto® LVL

    Kerto® LVL laminated veneer lumber
  • Birch plywood

    Birch plywood
  • Spruce plywood

    Spruce plywood
  • Nordic premium timber

    Nordic premium timber
  • Finnjoist i-beam

    Finnjoist i-beam

Timber Academy

Timber Academy - e-learning for timber professionals and students

Laminated veneer lumber Kerto® LVL

​​​ Values guide Metsä Group's operations 

Incredibly strong and dimensionally stable timber beam

Metsä Wood's Kerto® LVL is a laminated veneer lumber product used in all types of construction projects, from new buildings to renovation and repair. Kerto is incredibly strong and dimensionally stable. Kerto delivers its high strength from the homogeneous bonded structure.

Industrial efficiency

The two word strategy

In an increasingly responsible world, wood gains in importance every day. Metsä Wood wants to play a crucial part in the development and growth of this global market.

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