Despite the dry summer, with many unwanted stops for all types forest machines, the Swedish forest machine contractors are optimistic.
The summer, and scarifying season, 2018 will in be Sweden be remembered as the summer of fires. The forest owners that saw their family estates go up in flames it was no comfort in the fact that no fires were caused by forest machines. By that time all forest machines, especially the scarifyers, were parked waiting for rain. During the worst times as good as no scarifyers in Sweden were operating.
- We clearly noticed a decrease in sales of spare parts during that time, says Klas-Håkan Ljungberg, CEO at Bracke Forest. Early on we realized that it was going to be a tough year for many of our Swedish customers. We didn´t expect any high sales for Sweden.
The export rate for Bracke Forest is normally around 60 % of the annual turnover. 2018 was no exception.
- Export has done well, says Klas-Håkan Ljungberg. In particular Russia and Canada has, as usual, brought good sales for us.
For a while it seemed that the export was the savior for Bracke Forest during the problems that all wild fires around the country caused.
“After the rain comes the sun”, some optimists say. For all people working in the Swedish forests that was nothing they wanted in the summer of -18. Eventually it was the other way around – the rain came with hope.
All of a sudden all machines were up and running like every day would be the last. When the autumn got closer to winter the optimism was back in full bloom and contactors started to think about investments in new machines again.
- Lately (November -18) we have sold several scaifyers also in Sweden, says Klas-Håkan. Not only the usual two-row machines were sold but also three- and four-row ones.
Let´s hope for a wet and rainy summer 2019.