10 Apr 2013
BSW Timber has started to process timber logs at its new Fort William sawmill which has undergone a four year £37m expansion programme. The new mill will have the capacity to produce an additional 300,000 m3 of sawn timber annually when it becomes fully operational later in 2013, making total potential output at Fort William 400,000 m3 of sawn timber per annum. The investment will make it one of the most advanced sawmills in the UK, including 2 x 5MW biomass kiln heating plants and a high speed planing and grading line. The expansion of the Fort William site is excellent news for the timber industry and in particular the location of the site will strengthen the demand for timber in North and West Scotland which will benefit forest owners in the area with the potential for stronger timber prices and a corresponding uplift in plantation values. This forms a major part of BSW’s £50m five year investment programme, which has 6 sawmills in the UK. BSW’s CEO says that this is a sign of the confidence they have in the UK market.