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New production line nears completion at AJS

Posted: 6th March 2019

REX moulder planer unloaded from truckInstallation of a new production line at one of the UK’s leading independent sawmills is nearing completion as the company gears up for the key spring season.

Family owned A&J Scott Ltd is investing in a new secondary processing line at its sawmill site in Northumberland as it seeks to build on record growth achieved in recent years. The £3.1 million project takes the total investment in new capital equipment at the site over £8 million since 2014, as the company consolidates its market position and continues to build foundations for future growth.

As work on the line, being installed by German machinery specialist Kallfass, nears completion, key machinery including new REX planers, re-saws, pointing and finishing equipment is being delivered and integrated into the line, where it will be complemented by automated timber bundling and stacking equipment.

On completion, the state of the art processing and handling line will boost the efficiency of the company’s secondary processing department, increasing its capacity for value added timber fencing and garden products. The line will allow the company to develop its sales of higher value products by increasing production efficiency and capacity throughout this department.  

This development follows a major upgrade to the company’s primary sawmill, completed in 2016 in partnership with Soderhamn Erikson and Milltech, and the installation of a complete brand new EWD large log sawmill line at the Northumberland site in 2014, as well as expansion of the company’s timber treatment plant.

Ahead of commissioning the new line this month, Robert Scott, Managing Director, said, “It is fantastic to see this key project nearing completion in time for the key spring fencing market. This further investment will enhance the company’s competitiveness and reputation as a supplier of quality sawn timber products nationwide. This is a key part of our overall investment programme to strengthen our business for generations to come.”

The new Kalfass production line taking shape    The new REX moulder planer put into position via the roof