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Patrik Anderchen: “We already have the solutions for the future”

Växjö

 

Växjö is both the center of southern Sweden’s forest industry and the base for Patrik Anderchen of ForestX.
With new colleagues on the way and projects with well-known forestry companies, he does what he enjoys most about his job: enabling the use of the best digital solutions to forestry.

 

During autumn 2022, business developer and project manager Patrik Anderchen will be involved in several of the ForestX projects regarding some of the large forestry and sawmill companies based in southern Sweden.

 

Together with Johan Hedlund, ForestX, he is working on Sydved and the implementation of Trimble Forestry’s CFHarvest, which we have previously reported on. He is also working on an ongoing app development project with Vida. Together with ForestX’s product partner Remsoft, he’s investigating where Remsoft’s products are best suited for the Swedish market.

 

It was the opportunity to work directly with the latest technology and to be at the forefront of digital developments in forestry that attracted Patrik Anderchen to ForestX.

 

– I sometimes feel that there is a gap between the latest research and getting it out in a user-friendly way in forestry companies. Now I get to be part of enabling the move towards the most modern technology. I see ForestX as having that role to play.

 

– ForestX also shares my vision of where Swedish forestry should go. We see the whole chain through all processes. It is also a creative environment to work and develop in. Everyone wants to move forward, it feels stimulating. We’re already working on the solutions of the future.

 

At the moment, many forestry and sawmill companies are on a journey from self-developed systems to industry systems or standard systems.

 

– In that work we can be the partner that overcomes the obstacles by knowing IT and forestry. I also see that customers are asking for it, says Patrik Anderchen and continues:

 

– We have both the vision to connect all parts of the forestry chain and the tools to do it.

 

When Patrik Anderchen joined ForestX, it was the beginning of a larger focus on Växjö. Recruitment processes are underway and office space is being sought.

 

– It is only natural that we are here, as Växjö is the center of the forest industry in southern Sweden.

 

Growing up on a forest farm in Halland, Sweden, created an early interest in Patrik Anderchen to work in the industry. This led to studies to become forester, and then many years at Södra in a variety of roles.

 

– I have worked a lot with the use of harvest data, yield calculations and production planning.

 

– I have also worked with aptation simulations. There have been both large and small projects, and rollouts of various digital solutions.

 

From your position in the industry, what should not be missed in the forestry sector in 2022?

 

1. The use of harvest data. It will be at the core of managing optimization and improvement of the whole chain going forward.

 

2. The work on sustainability issues. Everyone needs to keep up with everything from regulatory changes from the EU to knowing how forest products are used and knowing the climate benefits of their operations. This will be extremely important in the coming years.

 

3. AI and optimization. The data is there now, but what do you do with it?

Name: Patrik Anderchen Role: project manager and business developer. ICF coach.

Favourite tree:

 

Wood maple.

“There are five big maples on the farm where I grew up. Our family has lived there for generations. It’s beautiful to see the seasons change in the trees.”

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Best nature experience:

 

Hiking at Grövelsjön in Dalarna.

“It’s a beautiful mountain setting and a great place to hike by yourself and for shorter hikes with children.”

 

Favourite apps:

 

Instagram

Spotify

SVTPlay

 

Frequently visited pages online:

 

Sportbladet

Lucidchart – drawing flowcharts

LinkedIn

Sydved chooses CFHarvest – ForestX implements the system

Jönköping/Göteborg

 

ForestX

 

Sydved is first in Sweden to choose CFHarvest from Trimble. ForestX is Trimble Forestry’s partner in the Scandinavian market and is working with Sydved in the implementation

 

– This is the first step in the rollout of the Connected Forest suite in Sweden. We can now offer the market a complete support for all forestry processes, says Carl Barck, CEO of ForestX. 

 

Sydved is one of Sweden’s largest forestry companies. The news that the company has chosen CFHarvest was recently announced by Trimble.

 

Work is now underway to implement CFHarvest at the forestry giant. The work is led by project manager Johan Hedlund, ForestX.

–        It is incredibly exciting to develop both operations and system support together with Sydved. We have now worked intensively during the summer and autumn to get into pilot operation with both production and forest management. Now we have the exciting acceptance tests ahead of us and a rollout that will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022, says Johan Hedlund.

CFHarvest is a forest harvest management and tracking system that provides real-time visibility of harvested volumes and where the timber is located. The system enables forestry companies like Sydved to reduce inventory levels at the roadside and terminal and improve productivity in harvesting operations.

 

Sydved’s IT manager Örjan Vorrei sees great opportunities with CFHarvest:

–        CFHarvest supports our desired way of working and creates opportunities for major efficiency gains in our production process. The system will also serve as a key component in our harvesting operations that can enable us to focus on our quality and sustainability goals. The service will help to manage the resource-efficient use of roundwood and minimize the emission of unproductive engine hours, as well as protecting soil and natural habitats.

 

–        With CFHarvest, our contractors will be better able to both plan their work and share important information in real time. This creates the conditions for efficient use of machinery and personnel while reducing the risk of damage to cultural and natural environments. Overall, CFHarvest enables a combination of sustainable working practices and good profitability. Addressing sustainability challenges was an important factor for us when choosing CFHarvest, says Örjan Vorrei.

 

Trimble Forestry and ForestX’s partnership was also important in the selection of CFHarvest.

– To be the best forestry partner in Sweden, we need to work with the best technology providers. That’s why we chose Trimble Forestry. It’s great that Trimble has ForestX as a partner. ForestX’s extensive knowledge of Swedish forestry and our conditions is an asset for us, says Örjan Vorrei, IT Manager, Sydved.

 

ForestX has previously implemented CFHarvest at Danish HedeDanmark  and now sees the system being used more in Sweden:

–        This is the first step in the roll-out of the Connected Forest suite in Sweden. We can now offer the market complete support for all forestry processes. It is exciting that we get to start doing this together with a well-established and well-informed customer like Sydved, says Carl Barck, CEO of ForestX.

 

About CFHarvest

 

CFHarvest is a forest harvesting management and tracking system that provides real-time visibility of harvested volumes and location of wood. The system enables forest companies such as Sydved to reduce roadside and terminal inventory levels and improve the productivity of their harvesting operations. By minimizing equipment moves and improving locational awareness between the harvester and forwarder, CFHarvest can support the reduction of emissions from forestry operations. CFHarvest is a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to also manage silvicultural operations and forestry services. In addition, CFHarvest can be used formixed fleet operations and provide traceability to the source.

 

About Sydved

 

Sydved handles approximately five million cubic metres of timber annually and offers consultancy and full forestry services. Sydved is based in the southern parts of Sweden with headquarters in Jönköping. Sydved is owned by Stora Enso and Ahlstrom-Munksjö. For more information, visit sydved.se

 

About ForestX

 

ForestX digitizes the Scandinavian and European forest industry with sustainable solutions through selected systems and specialist knowledge in IT and forestry. ForestX was founded in 2018 and today has close to 50 employees in Sweden and in Pune, India.

 

For more information, visit: forestx.se

 

About Trimble Forestry

 

Trimble’s forestry division provides SaaS and enterprise software to improve the productivity and sustainability of the world’s most recognized integrated forest-related organizations. Trimble’s Connected Forest™ solutions manage the entire commodity lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing. For more information, visit: forestry.trimble.com.

 

About Trimble

 

Trimble is an industrial technology company that is changing the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity, and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From custom products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries like agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), please visit www.trimble.com.

Kevin Toohill, CEO of Trimble Forestry: “The large investments in IT and technology makes Sweden interesting”

Canada / Sweden

 

Through the collaboration with ForestX, Trimble Forestry will make a long term commitment to the Swedish and Nordic markets.

 

– It’s amazing how efficient and advanced the Nordic forest industry is, says Kevin Toohill, CEO of Trimble Forestry.

 

In this interview made in March 2021, he gives his views on the Swedish willingness to invest, talks about adaptation to the Nordic market and what a Finnish sunrise feels like.

 

Kevin Toohill has previously been responsible for Trimble Forestry in Europe, and during that time he was based in Finland for a year and a half. After that experience and through his continued work in international forestry, he has a firm opinion of the forest industry in the Nordic region:

 

– It is clear how Nordic forestry always strives for more efficiency, it’s amazing how advanced it is. It is a technically advanced and dynamic region, it is fun to work there!

 

– I was also impressed how much of an identity the forest and the forest industry have in the Nordics. It is such an important part of culture and the economy. In Canada it is not at all central in the same way, it is a different dynamic, says Kevin Toohill.

 

Looking for new technology

 

For the past three years, Swedish ForestX and Trimble Forestry have been collaborating on the Swedish market. Sweden is one of the world’s largest forestry countries, so it is an exciting market from that perspective, says Kevin Toohill.

 

– But what makes Sweden particularly interesting for Trimble Forestry right now are the large investments in IT and technology that are being made, he continues. This lines up with what we at Trimble have been doing in development and investments. The timing is good, there is a lot of activity in the Swedish market and many are searching for new technology and for replacing old systems.

 

Kevin Toohill in particular mentions the transition to VIOL3 as a crucial part of entering the Swedish market.

 

– Everyone, us including, was waiting for the next platform to come, and now it is here with all the opportunities it provides. Now that it’s happening, we’re ready to jump in.

 

Trimble Forestry provides a product suite with modules for the entire forest industry’s value chain, Connected Forest. There are functions for, among other things, planning, planting, harvesting and transportation.

 

– Our products are about integrating and optimizing the entire supply chain. The great value lies in a combination of having standard platforms and collaborating with partners such as ForestX to adapt it to the local needs of the market, says Kevin Toohill.

 

Partner with industrial knowledge

 

Today, Trimble Forestry operates worldwide. North America, South America, New Zealand and parts of Europe are on the company’s map. Sweden is, as Kevin Toohill puts it, “The next frontier”. And the approach is the same whatever market they enter:

 

– Take the core of what you have, adapt it to the local market. That’s how we work everywhere, says Kevin Toohill.

 

– All regions we work in have different systems for integration, reporting and regulations. In Sweden, all three parts are affected and it is more comprehensive and more detailed than in other regions. I see two aspects of it:

 

  1. The product platform we have is built to be adapted to different systems, it is a requirement all over the world.

  2. The collaboration with ForestX means that we have the local expertise, technical capabilities and the industry knowledge.

– It will be a significant effort, but it’s something we have done before, says Kevin Toohill.

 

– We will have components and modules that will be very specific to the Swedish market. We provide everything needed to operate locally, but it will still be the same core as in the global platform. It allows us and our customers to save money and we can benefit from the common technology.

 

Investments and development take place continuously within the Trimble Group.

 

The entire Trimble Group annually allocates $ 500 million for research and development.

 

– Trimble Forestry is currently investing over six million dollars annually (over 50 million Swedish kronor), specially in Connected Forest research and development, says Kevin Toohill.

 

Focus on digitization

 

The collaboration with ForestX in Sweden is well established after a few years.

 

– It is an ideal partnership as our areas of expertise and our interests are very well aligned. ForestX is very focused on digitalization and we add platforms and products to the collaboration. What we look forward to now as ForestX grows and expands is that we focus on the products and ForestX is focusing on the customers in Sweden. We’re relying on ForestX to take the knowledge of the Swedish market with us, so that we can develop the products in the right direction.

 

– This is a deeper partnership than we usually have. In other markets, we have grown organically. Through the collaboration with ForestX, we can scale up faster and act quicker than we could do ourselves. The first three years have been really exciting!

 

The Finnish sunrise

 

“What I will always remember from Finland is the sun in all seasons. It is the experience of darkness and light and to see a sunset at midnight, if you can even call it a sunset then.

 

Then it was the darkness of winter, which I still found comforting in some way.

 

At one point I was in Helsinki and had just arrived from Stockholm and a meeting with Christer and Carl from ForestX. It was March and I arrived at the tram stop and the sun rose. And I remember very clearly that I could feel it in my face. It was the first time I had seen and felt the sun in months.”

 

Trimble Forestry

 

Trimble’s Forestry Division offers SaaS and enterprise software to improve the productivity and sustainability of the world’s most recognized integrated forest product companies, forest managers, conservation organizations, government departments, finished product manufacturers, and the partners that connect the global forest supply chain. Trimble’s Connected Forest™ solutions manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting, and processing.

 

forestry.trimble.com

 

ForestX

 

ForestX combines industry experience, practical business knowledge and a portfolio of unique IT solutions. ForestX creates efficient flows, from forest to end product. We do this by digitizing the forest industry. ForestX has offices in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Pune, India.

 

Forestx.se

 

The collaboration between Trimble Forestry and ForestX started in 2018.

ForestX distributes the Trimble Forestry product suite Connected Forest in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

ForestX Named Scandinavian Distributor for Trimble’s Connected Forest Portfolio

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2018

 

—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today it has selected ForestX to distribute and support Trimble’s Connected Forest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Trimble Forestry and ForestX will work together to bring innovative, technologically-advanced solutions to the Scandinavian forest industry.

 

“ForestX brings decades of experience and a deep understanding of the needs and operational requirements of the Scandinavian forestry industry. ForestX will match our solutions with specific customer needs, and be a local partner in order to ensure the highest levels of support to Connected Forest customers in Sweden, Norway and Denmark,” said Kevin Toohill, general manager, Trimble Forestry Europe.

 

“We are proud to join forces with Trimble to bring its wide range of forestry specific software solutions, including the Connected Forest SaaS software portfolio, to Scandinavia. Our specialized team members are on the front lines of technological change in the forest industry, and we are pleased to work closely with Trimble to introduce the most innovative forestry solutions to our market,” said Carl Barck, CEO of ForestX AB.

 

About ForestX


ForestX digitalizes and creates business value for the forest industry by combining new technology, process knowledge and business expertise combined with a portfolio of unique industry products. The founders of ForestX have a deep knowledge of the Swedish and Scandinavian forest industry and a long history of implementing many major IT solutions for the industry with a team of experienced professionals. For more information about ForestX visit: www.forestx.se.

 

About Trimble Forestry


Trimble’s Forestry Division offers land, forest and fiber management solutions that improve the productivity and operations for some of the world’s most recognized integrated forest product companies, forest landowners, timberland investment, conservation, state and federal departments as well as international food processing companies involved in environmental, social and economic land management. The Connected Forest SaaS portfolio provides solutions to manage the full raw materials lifecycle of planning, planting, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing. For more information about Trimble Forestry visit:  www.trimble.com/forestry.

 

About Trimble


Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) visit: www.trimble.com.

 

Contact:


Kevin Toohill, Trimble Forestry, kevin_toohill@trimble.com, Mobile, +358 50 512 7555
Carl Barck, ForestX, carl.barck@forestx.se, Mobile, +46 70 22 72 172