This last year has been a real journey for us at Plantma Forestry. We’ve grown in numbers and moved to new facilities at home while our machines have been planting seedlings in all corners of the world. In summary, this is what happened:
We have started shipping out the first units of the X3 generation of planters and just as we send this newsletter, the first X3, sold to Aperam Bioenergia in Brazil, is starting up its work.
Besides general updates and improvements, the main thing has been to adapt to a wider range of spacing requirements in different applications. We can now handle widths up to 3,85 meters.
|Brazilian sales have taken off
Following a very professional exhibition at Expoforest and an ambitious demo tour for all the big forestry companies in Brazil performed by our partner Timber, with evaluations made by IPEF, the product is now technically approved by the companies and orders are continuously coming in.
Units began shipping out from Sweden during the fall and we will increase the production pace over the next couple of years to meet the demand of the market.
Timber is asking for more machines and even with increased production we will soon be fully booked all the way through 2025.
The summer of 2023, Plantma X, our demo machine, worked for JDIrving for 2 months. After two weeks of training by our trainer, Christer, the crew of 3 “rookies” did a wonderful job, over 500.000 seedlings planted in less than 2 months. Two demos with the Plantma X are scheduled for Canada for 2024 and the first delivery of a PlantMax to an end-user is planned to take place late 2024.
The first machine sold to Australia is getting ready to hit the water and will be delivered to the customer, Form Forest in Albany WA, during April with our Markus assisting with the startup.
Holmen has another successful planting season in the books with their machine and are currently looking at potentially acquiring more machines.
|More of us
To keep up with the growing population of machines we have grown our own organization during 2023 and will continue to do so in the coming years.
If you feel like joining the team, feel free to introduce yourself and let us know how you would like to contribute to this journey. We are constantly looking for future hires in technical development, manufacturing and support of these wonderful machines.
Our new headquarters are located in Ludvika, just south of the previous location in Borlänge. The new facilities will allow us to grow and also have our own dedicated spare parts depot. Final assembly and shipping out of machines will still be in Alfta at our partners Alftaprodukter, which is now part of the same group since January 2023. The address for the new headquarters is Storgatan 31, 77130 Ludvika.
Welcome to stop by anytime. This is Sweden, there is always a cup of coffee waiting for you.
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