Trust has always been the keyword, around which cooperation between Kuljetus A. Eklund and Luvian Saha has been built across generations.
It is 1984.
A curious little boy, who has just arrived at Luvian Saha for the first time in his life, is looking out from a timber lorry’s cabin.
The boy is Ari Eklund, aged 13. He has joined his father Altti Eklund who is picking up timber.
Little did Eklund know at the time that, nearly 40 years later, he would still be driving to Luvian Saha nearly every day.
Yet, here he is.
Kuljetus A. Eklund is a family-owned company, with its history dating back all the way to 1961.
That was when Altti Eklund started transporting timber in the Pori region. Cooperation with Luvian Saha started in 1984 when the rapidly growing exports of Finnish timber accelerated Luvian Saha’s operations.
Ari Eklund grew up transporting timber, while he was not able to help his father until in 1991 after he completed his military service.
Luvian Saha was a significant partner for a small transport company.
Luvian Saha, a key partner, has grown and developed into a pioneer in its industry: uneven gravel yards have been paved smooth, and the sawmill has always deployed the most modern technologies.
For Eklund himself, the largest change has been the development of transport equipment, with the old and dangerous timber lorries having been replaced by modern vehicle combinations. Despite being larger, they are safer and more powerful and ecological.
The road network has also developed. After all, small forest roads used to be very narrow paths in poor condition, even inaccessible to heavy timber lorries.
The sawmill industry has evolved as a whole. Sustainability is an even more integral part of the daily activities of all forest industry operators.
At the same time, Eklund’s regular day at work has also undergone major changes.
Now, a tree cut today will be delivered to a sawmill in a matter of days.
Transport and unloading operations have precise schedules. Luvian Saha communicates with contractors using digital data management and transfer systems, allowing all partners to maintain contact without any interruptions.
Eklund says that he already knows how much timber he will transport next week.
The entire sawmill industry has experienced changes, requiring Luvian Saha and Kuljetus A. Eklund to adapt and learn.
Both have been able to do this.
During their nearly 40-year history together, both companies have also grown larger.
Ever since it was established, Luvian Saha has grown steadily through investments. This has also provided opportunities for its partners.
Luvian Saha’s growth and the steady employment it provides have also helped the Eklund family business to grow. Currently, Kuljetus A. Eklund is a limited liability company which operates four vehicles and employs eight people.
Luvian Saha continues to play a significant part in the company’s business operations.
This also lays the foundation on which the future can be built.
Currently, Eklund’s vehicles are driven through Luvian Saha’s gates by the third generation, with Ari Eklund’s son Sami Eklund having started in the timber transport business.
Article: Timo Riihentupa
Photo: Anssi Koskinen