Plantma planting trials and expansion ongoing

Friday 10 Feb 2023

After a long time of preparation and transportation, a PlantMax X2 Planting unit is operating in Brazil. In collaboration with partners at Timber in Curitiba Plantma Forestry has done a successful trial/demo in Pine plantations in Paraná as well as Eucalyptus in Minas Gerais and they are now in Três Lagoas.

The conditions are different from anything Plantma Forestry has done in the past but the trials have shown that the machine has the potential to be a true game changer in mechanical planting in Brazil. A deal with Timber has been signed for 3 more units to be delivered during 2023.

In Sweden, the PlantMax at Holmen Skog has finished its first planting season. The machine has been operating in the north of Sweden (see video below) most of the time but once the snow fell and ground started freezing it was moved south, just north of Stockholm, where it was operating single shift to evaluate the results of late fall planting and see how much the planting season can be extended.

The one million seedlings they were aiming for this first year have been put in the ground! The first year has been a year of trying the machine in different conditions, finding good logistics solutions and developing procedures for seedling handling and quality control as well as machine maintenance and site planning.

At the end of January, a planting machine was ready to be shipped to Pan Pac Forest Products in New Zealand and it’s expected to be operational from April for this year’s planting season.

Source: Plantma Forestry

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