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Jumbo SCM CNC Fabricates Giant CLT Panels in Russian Plant

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March 24, 2021 | Bill Esler

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5-axis CNC machine

Sokol, Russia – Sokol-Segezha Group, the first large-scale industrial production plant making CLT (cross-laminated timber) panels in Russia, has added SCM technology in a pioneering project.

The new plant specializes in the production of modern house-building materials. It includes SCM’s Area XL, a new 5-axis CNC machining center built for the industrial production of large format CLT panels.

Geared for the wood construction industry, the Area XL is integrated into a production line, producing construction elements for wooden buildings from glued panels. The CNC works from design plans to cut openings for windows and doors, and can drill holes for plumbing, outlets, and wiring. The process reduces construction time on site.

High productivity, power, and precision of the new CNC machining center is afforded by specific requirements for processing large and heavy CLT panels, such as automating work piece handling, heavy-duty stock removal, as well as cleaning and safety of the work area.

Sokol Woodworking Plant (S-DOK) is the largest one in the European part of Russia. It has been a part of the Segezha Group of companies since September 2014. In the late 1980s S-DOK was the first in the country to master the production technology of glued beams and house-kits.

It is the Russian leader in the production of glued structural beams and ranks first in  the production of house-kits made of laminated veneer lumber. Its capacity is about 90,000 m³. Now Sokol SLT and the Sokol Woodworking Plant will be able to jointly handle a range of complex orders. 

The official inauguration of the plant on February 25, 2021 was attended by Yuri Vorobiev, deputy chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Oleg Kuvshinnikov, governor of the Vologda Region; and Nikolai Shmatkov, director of FSC Russia. Viktor Evtukhov, State Secretary, deputy minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, also joined the opening ceremony online.

While some of Sokol CLT’s products are reserved for export, Segezha Group says it plans to actively develop the Russian domestic market. Next year, together with Etalon Group, the company plans to start building Russia’s first multi-story building using CLT panels in Moscow. 

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