Forest-based bioeconomy

Dalarna has a long tradition and clear strategies for sustainable forestry, which go in line with Swedish national forestry strategies. The forest-based bioeconomy companies in Dalarna plays a critical role in forest product development, such as paper, packaging, furniture, and houses.

Vast forests and high-quality timber ensure easy access to excellent raw materials, thus enabling Dalarna to lead the forest-based bioeconomy. Dalarna is the cradle of the Swedish bioeconomy with Stora Enso as one of the world’s oldest shareholding companies with a history deep-rooted in the heritage of the copper mine in Falun. Furthermore, Dalarna is home for many successful companies in this field such as Stora Enso, Setra Group, Mayr-Melnhof, Ziegler Group, ByggPartner and Fiskarhedenvillan AB.

Excellence in several fields

Stora Enso Fors Mill, in Avesta Dalarna, is a modern manufacturer of world-class carton boards, offering a range of folding boxboards. Stora Enso Fors has developed the first carbon-neutral carton board and since 2017 the company strengthened its commitment to sustainability by having its production line fully fossil-CO2 emission free. Another good example of a company with ambitious sustainability goals is paper mill Arctic Paper in Grycksbo. With its long traditions (founded in 1740), the company is a well-known manufacturer of coated, woodfree paper and the production process has extremely low fossil CO2 emissions.

The region of Dalarna is also home to a number of highly productive sawmills with high-tech milling lines. In 2022 two successful investments in sawmills were made in Dalarna. Austrian Mayr-Melnhof Holz aquired three sawmills in Dalarna (Insjön, Mora and Älvdalen). With the aquisition the company is now Europe’s third largest sawmill group. The second investment was made by German Ziegler Group, with the aquisition of Balungstrand  sawmill, outside of Falun. The investment was the company’s first outside of Germany and increased Ziegler Group’s production capacity significantly.

There are potentials for testbeds and sustainable investment opportunities in the bioeconomy in Dalarna. These potentials include producing bio-based products using sawdust and the prospect of building with wood in sustainable construction.

Please contact us for information about investment opportunities in Dalarna!

Please contact us for information about investment opportunities in Dalarna!

Maud Hallmans
Investment Promotion Manager
Mobile +46 76-763 03 17

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