MOHURD, The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in China, visits Europe to learn more about modern wood construction and begins with Sweden. The purpose is to find both finished wooden houses, planned wood projects and unique production lines for cross-glued wood and house modules.
The host for the visit is European Wood, a European cooperation in the wood industry, with the industry organization Svenskt Trä an important and driving part. The cooperation in European Wood focuses on assisting MOHURD in the development of regulations and standards, as well as transferring knowledge about materials and construction processes.
"Swedish Wood has an important cooperation with the Chinese delegation. We proudly showcase projects and facilities to highlight Sweden's leading position in industrial wood construction, "says Susanne Rudenstam, Head of Swedish Woodworking Chancellor.
Sweden is the starting point for MOHURD's European visit, which starts at the Ministry of Industry, to discuss Sweden and China's Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, a letter of intent signed in 2017. Among other things, the letter of intent raises energy-efficient, green and sustainable construction, including wood construction, as a special area of cooperation. The journey then continues to see examples of industrial wood construction throughout Sweden.
"China has a pronounced tree strategy and clear focus on achieving the set climate goals. China is at the same time the world's largest construction market, and their decision to invest in more wood construction therefore gives importance to both Swedish exports and the climate, "said Mikael Eliasson, director of Swedish Wood.
China as a growth market
China is an interesting growth market for Swedish sawmilled wood products, and the industry organization Svenskt Trä has been actively working since 2013 to support Swedish sawmill companies in the Chinese market. In 2012 Sweden exported 100,000 cubic meters of sawn timber to China.
In 2017, exports from Sweden to China recorded a new record of approximately 920,000 cubic meters or SEK 1.7 billion (190 million). For a few years, China has been established as a priority and one of Sweden's largest export markets for sawn timber.