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One Tonne Life

From forest to finished house – part 1: the sawmill

While the Lindells were in Göteborg they took the opportunity drive south to Anneberg outside Kungsbacka, where A-hus has its production facilities. A-hus is part of the Derome Group, which traces its roots to 1947 when Karl Andersson started the first sawmill in Derome in the province of Halland. Today the Derome Group is Sweden’s largest family-owned wood processing operation. Here at we touch base three times and follow the family on their visit to the sawmill and the factory that builds the houses.

The lumber is transported to a depot outside the building …

…and carried on a conveyor into the sawmill.

Inside the sawmill A-hus President Peter Mossbrant (standing between Alicja and Nils) spoke with enthusiasm about how sawn tree-trunks become ready-to-use timber.

The lumber enters the sawmill …

…and the sorting process begins. In his blog following the family’s visit, Nils writes about his fascination with the technology he saw at the mill. Mechanical old-school handling with toothed wheels blends with ultra-modern laser technology that calculates how each piece of lumber is to be cut to ensure minimum material waste.

The noise level in the sawmill is high and everyone had to use ear defenders inside the premises. Peter Mossbrant explains the sorting process to Hannah.

The lumber has now been transformed into timber.

Jonathan was very interested …

…as was Alicja…

…who is examining the final sorting process.

The finished timber is stacked outside the sawmill.

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