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Optimization of wood transportation


Customer: ​Stora Enso Wood Supply Finland


Stora Enso Wood Supply Finland procures approx. 13 million m³ of wood annually.  The wood is transported from thousands of forest locations by road, rail and waterways to dozens of sawmills and pulp mills. The challenge is how to minimize the transportation costs.


VTT has designed and implemented multiple optimization models to aid the transport planning process at Stora Enso Wood Supply Finland.  The models include special features for wood transportation, such as constraints on different wood assortments.  The optimization models are implemented as software components that are integrated with customer ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems.


The models provide savings in transportation costs and reduce the required planning effort.