In partnership with companies within the forestry industry and Komatsu Forest, BillerudKorsnäs is looking into developing a machine that will put less pressure on the ground – thus generating less impact on the forest while simultaneously improving operator comfort.
Several players in the Swedish forestry industry are now pooling their resources in a trail-blazing project intended to promote more responsible forestry. Komatsu Forest and the forestry industry are teaming up to examine the possibility of developing a machine that applies less pressure on the ground – thus reducing impact on the forest while simultaneously improving operator comfort.
The machine is also intended to boost productivity and provide a more regular flow of timber to the industry over the year as a whole. BillerudKorsnäs is an active participate in the project, which has been named “Centipede”.
“We have identified an excellent opportunity to develop a forestry machine that is not only kind on both people and the environment, but also more efficient,” says Göran Andersson, Forestry Manager at BillerudKorsnäs.
The working relationship is one of a kind, given that the leading forestry companies in Sweden are backing the project, thus contributing to technological development for sustainable forestry operations. The first stage of the project comprises a preliminary study, where the partners will work together to build up a shared target image.
It is expected that the concept machine will be ready in 2020. The objective is to be able to use the machine all year round, with significantly less impact than is caused by existing machines.
Image above: Komatsu Forest.