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The VARMA project consists of 4 countries Finland, Germany, France and the UK with 12 organisations or companies involved. We have a range of experience from science, logistics and SME's and Large companies providing expertise in their own field, mainly sawmilling and forest management.
Our 12 Partner Companies & Organizations:
G Fehrensen GmbH     |     FCBA   |     Selection Vosges     |     James Jones & Sons Ltd.     |     HI Templin


VTT     |     Koskisen     |     Metla     |     Woodilee Consultancy Ltd.     |     Fraunhofer     |     TUAS     |     FWR



VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest multitechnological applied research organisation in Northern Europe. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services.

From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a substantial range of world class technologies and applied research services thus improving its clients' competitiveness and competence. Through its international scientific and technology network, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, create business intelligence and value added to its stakeholders.

VTT is a part of the Finnish innovation system under the domain of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT is a not-for-profit organisation. VTT has ISO9001:2008 certificate.

VTT Group
Turnover: 316 M€ (31.12.2012)
Personnel: 2,900 (31.12.2013)
President & CEO: Erkki KM Leppävuori
Established: 1942

Contact details for VTT

Marika Makkonen

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Mobile. +358 41 469 5998

Email: Marika.Makkonen(a)


If there’s one thing we understand, it’s wood. We have century's worth of experience in the wood products industry, amassing a deep understanding of the nature of the material along the way. We’ve got the splinters in our hands and sap in our blood to prove it.

Our customers don’t just buy wood from us, because they can get that anywhere. They buy our approach to the profession; our kept promises, our respected schedules. They buy the expertise with which we solve problems. They buy our reliability and our straightforward co-operation.

Our customers value the fact that we are not content with mediocrity. Our approach has helped us develop into a highly skilled industry service provider. A comprehensive product range. State-of-the-art technology. An outstanding sales network. Service that genuinely cares for the customer. A willingness to tailor products. These are still not enough, as the world is constantly changing. This is why we continuously develop our operations.

Excellence is only achieved through full commitment. 


The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) is a specialist research organisation which develops solutions to the challenges and questions posed by the care, utilisation, products, services and intangible value of forests. Metla conducts research and generates research information about the forest nature and environment, the different uses of forests, and about forestry and the forest cluster.

Research is organised into problem-oriented projects and multi-disciplinary research programmes. Metla also carries out commissioned projects to meet the information requirements of its customers.

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF, Magdeburg

 The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research provider and a major player in European research and cooperation programs. Founded in 1949, it undertakes applied research of direct utility to the private and public sector and wide benefit to society and currently operates a total of 67 institutes and research units. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has a workforce of over 23,000 and an annual research budget of € 2 billion, € 1.7 billion of which is generated by contract research.

 The Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF is an autonomous research institute in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. It is a partner to regional, national and international companies and the public sector. Its mission is to directly support business and benefit society with its applied research. Its know-how has been built up by years of experience in industry projects and work in distinct corporate environments.

Technologically, the institute is oriented toward designing, engineering and building innovative and customized solutions in the fields of

    1. Logistics,
    2. Automation,
    3. Process and Plant Engineering
    4. Digital Engineering.

 The Fraunhofer IFF has a full time staff of roughly 150 research managers and just as many student assistants. It has testing facilities, laboratories and equipment for research and development of alternative and renewable energy production and use, industrial image processing, rapid prototyping, virtual reality, robotics. In 2006, the Fraunhofer IFF opened its Virtual Development and Training Centre VDTC, a worldwide one-of-a-kind facility for applied research in virtual engineering for the planning, testing and operation of technical systems.

 Since its foundation in 1992, the Fraunhofer IFF has established itself both nationally and internationally. Contract research clients include the public and private sector, international industrial concerns, the service industry and small and medium sized enterprises. At the interface between academic research and industrial application, the Fraunhofer IFF develops innovative products and services that boost its clients’ competitiveness.

 The Fraunhofer IFF is market-driven and operates globally. It is a member of international research networks and cooperates closely with academic institutions, business and industry.

 The Fraunhofer IFF’s Logistics and Factory Systems Business Unit has extensive experience and expertise in the analysis, planning and engineering of manufacturing and logistical operations in a variety of sectors, e.g. the automotive industry, agroforestry and machinery and plant manufacturing. Among other things, the Logistics and Factory Systems Business Unit produces solutions for the analysis, organization and operation of complex logistical systems and supply chains using state-of-the-art methods and tools based on process engineering, ICT and automation.

The Fraunhofer IFF’s Logistics and Factory Systems Business Unit also specializes in cross-company and industry applications and services for wood and biomass logistics, which is an integral part of its research and development activities and projects. (Link)

Contact details for the Fraunhofer IFF

Ina Ehrhardt


Phone: +49 (0)391 4090811

Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau

The Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (UAS Wildau) was founded in 1991 and is located in Wildau, in the state of Brandenburg, in the south of Berlin. The UAS Wildau sets priorities in the fields of practical degree courses and on active technology transfer. The UAS Wildau has two faculties, the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences and the Faculty of Business, Computing and Law. It offers Bachelor’s degree programmes and Master’s degree programmes e.g. in mechanical engineering, physics engineering, industrial engineering, logistics, telematics, European Management and Busines & Law.

The university is also active in applied research and development. The UAS Wildau concentrates on direct contacts with business in both their teaching and applied research, and as a result the university has become a significant regional player and an important employer since it was founded.

The UAS Wildau has ISO9001:2008 certificate and a certification as “family-friendly university”.

The Research Group Transport Logistics of the UAS Wildau which is working in the VARMA project was founded 2004 and is managed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Herbert Sonntag. The Research Group Transport Logistics works together with several industrial partners and academic institutes as well as the transfer centres of the university. The main research areas are timber and biomass logistics, logistics supply chains for regenerative energy production and transport telematics as well as intermodal freight transport, analysis and management of logistics processes, cost-benefit-analysis, warehouse logistics with interfaces to external logistics and urban goods movement as well as electric mobility. Another focus is the use of information and communication technologies in forestry and timber industry.

The Research Group Transport Logistics already has considerable experiences in EU projects (several INTERREG projects) and in national projects related to the topic of the innovative use of alternative resources and energies and logistics of energy wood. The Research Group Transport Logistics leads also German wide and international networks. Network management and the development of new concepts is an integrated part of the Research Group’s daily work.

 Contact details:

 Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (Germany)

Anne-Katrin Osdoba

phone: +49 (0)3375 508-370


Georg Fehrensen

Georg Fehrensen Company is one of the hardwood sawmill with the largest trade in Germany. It's a family business, founded in 1920, is still adapting its products and method of production to market needs. In our mill we use computer-aided saws and edgers, and wood drying and making use cutting-edge technology.

The company's operations Georg Fehrensen focuses on the sale and processing of timber in the following species: beech, oak, ash, maple, cherry, linden and elm. Our main export product is beech.

The basis for the successful development of our company is the direct purchase of raw materials in state, private and communal forests. With many years of experience and continuous cooperation with raw material suppliers, we can guarantee a particularly high quality of our products.

Through our website, we would like to encourage you to seek information about the beech timber, which is the main point of activity of the Company Georg Fehrensen.


The forestry sector is a key sector for bois.FCBA helps define a modern and sustainable forestry project, supporting a competitive timber industry.

The levers that FCBA is to improve the growth and quality of French stands are fine knowledge of the growth species, varietal creation in major hopest as maritime pine, poplar, douglas, the eucalyptus, spruce ... and innovation in the forestry plan offering management projects adapted to the diversity of French forests and constraints of climate change.

Contact details for FCBA



Phone: (+33)

Selection Vosges

Selecting the Vosges logo is the symbol of commitment Sélection Vosges sawmills, which through a strict charter offer timber quality, both in the woods themselves and their origins.Their flexibility, their proximity and quality of services, Sélection Vosges sawmills are able to meet all the needs of professionals.

Sélection Vosges sawmills produce a varied range of products, from lumber and construction (planks, battens, rafters, ...), through the wood dried, treated, planed or molded (paneling, siding, flooring, ...), to products with high added value such as wood butt. 

Wood implemented by sawyers from the Vosges forest, a mountain forest.Conifers are grown slowly and thus provide a particularly robust and dense wood, a wood of high strength (ideal for framing and       construction). This is the oldest forest of fir / spruce grown in France.

Woodilee Consultancy Ltd.

Woodilee Consultancy Ltd is working in partnership to 3D scanning and forest valuation through log breakout. We also use 'Big Data' to analyse large fields of data in conjunction with Global Surface Intelligence

We can combine aerial and hyperspectral scanning with terrestrial laser scanning and acoustics, offering the industry a complete package to maximise the added value of their forest products. 

Woodilee Consultancy allows for better understanding of the landowners resource empowering them to better manage the value and marketing of the timber.

The consultancy is working with various partners including TreeMetrics, GSi,  and Fugro Geospatial Services (Fugro-BKS Ltd). We also manage Wartle Estate in  Aberdeenshire a small but productive 735ha Grampian resource. 

The consultancy can bring together strategic thinking and planning to suit the needs of the  forest industry. Experience in delivering multi operational solutions to industry; review and design of corporate strategies for all wood producing orientated business.

Contact details for Woodilee Consultancy Ltd.

Shaun Mochan


Phone: +44 (0) 1414336929

James Jones & Sons Ltd.

James Jones & Sons Ltd is the UK’s most diversified, family owned timber processor with annual sales in excess of £120 Million.

Operating the UK’s most modern and strategically located sawmills, we manufacture the widest range of sawn timber products including carcassing, fencing, pallet wood and heavy sections.

Our Timber Systems Division is the UK’s largest producer of I-Joists, selling to all of the major UK house builders. 

Two wholly owned subsidiaries, Unit Pallet and Larch Ltd, make us one of the UK’s largest producers and repairers of 2 way and 4 way pallets.

Stella-Jones Inc., created in 1993 through a joint venture, is North America’s largest wood treatment company specialising in railway sleepers (ties), utility poles and consumer lumber,with sales in 2012 of CAN$718 million.

Contact details for James Jones & Sons Ltd.

Mr David Leslie


Phone: +44 (0) 1324562241