Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:40

Södra increases investment in research and development

2015-04-21 194007Södra's Board has decided to allocate an additional SEK 50 million to the Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education to promote R&D in forestry and forest industry operations in southern Sweden.

"Long-term research in forestry requires confidence in the future and stable funding. Without research and development, Södra will miss out on vital opportunities to develop a sustainable and profitable forest industry and forestry. This investment is a sign of Södra's faith in R&D and its future potential," says Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra.

The mission of the Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education is to promote R&D of significance to forestry, and forest industry operations, in Southern Sweden. Södra established the Foundation in 1995 when SEK 100 million was set aside for research projects with the forest as a common denominator. Södra has since made two allocations of SEK 50 million each, most recently in 2006. From 2004-2013, the Foundation has granted more than SEK 120 million in funding to project applications.

An evaluation of the Foundation's activities in 2014 showed a highly effective operation with many successful projects, that several major research initiatives with strong funding had been established and that the research had contributed to several successful patent applications.

For questions, please contact:
Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management, Södra
Annica Gerentz, Director of Communications, Södra

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