During past few years, these Alder/Aspen/Thermo
version become from rarity to popular to nowadays nearly standard in
building new saunas in Finland. They are very good materials for sauna, and
this is sort of return to traditional, after relatively short Obeche
period. It made possible the larger, industrial scale availability of
these from Baltic republics, where we have operated since -96. Nowadays raw
materials are sourced all around region, our production being still in Estonia.
We worked with these very early, took fast leading
positions in the markets, which we have hold ever since. In these materials
/segment of Finnish sauna markets, we are market leader, biggest single player
and high volume producers. With our brand available everywhere in Finland from
And Finland is by far worlds biggest and toughest
sauna markets. We could form it also like: if we managed to hold so
dominating position here all these years, our products cant be totally
We work with latest, modern machinery and high
production culture. And especially our sorting is known to be tightest in
the markets, making these so popular also by professional builders. We take out
some last %:s most others still allow in their grading, which really do
make a difference. Our aim (and reality) is to offer very stable, "no
surprises, invoice and forget level" materials. To keep these as claim
free as possible. Because that is eventually most expensive, and something
nobody has nowadays time to deal with. Things are cheaper to do well already at
our own yard in Estonia. Not
every producer can offer you this.
We are effective and kept our prices even so
affordable. And further designed various cheaper solutions too, to bring these
fine species available to more people.
Our major volume lines in these, panels and linings
are as good as it gets in these. Our exports varied during the years, but was
mostly limited because of heavy demand in Finland. With present recession
hitting badly also Finnish building sector, we have more capacity and
open for more exports too. Also on longer term, we would like to diversify
to some other regular markets also.
OCCASIONALLY SOME CHEAPER AVAILABLE ALSO
Besides our own prime production, we are selling also
materials sourced from selected other mills in Baltic's. These are also perfectly
good materials, but for ex not as even color as our own, created by certain
special drying method. We sell these without our brand at bit lower prices.
EXPORTS AND LOGISTICS
Usually for exports these are take together with
various other sauna related materials, full container loads of panels is around
33000 running meter, linings 16000.
With aspen, the A side is knotless and has no heart colour. The lumber is evenly white.
With black alder, the A side is also practically knotless. It may have small pin knots and natural colour variations. The general appearance is still evenly coloured and clear.
With both wood species, the B side may have some knots and colour, but not so many that it hinders the technical quality of the piece. The B side, which is usually hidden, may have some technically harmless flaws, in order to keep the availability and pricing of the product sensible.
A/B grade is mostly black alder. Knot-wise it is almost like A grade, but is allowed to have a few more healthy knots. The biggest difference is with the colours, because the A/B grade may have more of the black alderīs natural colour variations. The colour is still even and calm.
B grade black alder products can have a healthier heart colour and bigger knot points.
B grade aspen can have only healthy knots, but no heart colour.