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Viken AT Market, Sapin agree on resale, distribution of wood products in Europe

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Norwegian company Viken AT Market and Sapin have entered into a cooperation agreement for the resale and distribution of roundwood and woodchips.

Sapin, owned by the Sappi group, trades roundwood and woodchips destined for paper mills, sawmills, and bioenergy plants in Europe. The agreement will strengthen the entry of Norwegian wood into new market regions within Europe.

The agreement covers the resale and distribution in the territories of Benelux, mid- and south-west Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Ireland, and the UK.

Hakon H. Myhra, CEO of Viken AT Market, said: “The cooperation with Sapin represents a further step to developing and expanding the market for Norwegian roundwood and woodchips. The major forest damages in central Europe are definitely affecting the roundwood market; however, we believe that fresh coniferous roundwood will be in high demand in the future.

“We want to position our company for further growth in markets where we have not been present.”

“We are pleased to have entered into an agreement with Viken AT Market,” said Wiek Peters, managing director of Sapin.

“We have been trading for some years with Viken AT Market; our companies are quite similar in several ways, complementing and supporting each other.

“We have established a vast experience with the trading of roundwood and woodchips in Europe, and we believe that we can benefit from integrated logistics, especially when it comes to multimodal transportation to European clients.”