Cotswold firm installs new state of the art production line

A new state-of-the-art wood pellet production line press is being installed by a business in Gloucestershire.

The equipment is set to double the current wood pellet production levels at SDL Solutions in Chipping Campden.

SDL Solutions has started work on the installation of a high-capacity wood pellet production line and press at its facility in the Cotswolds.

Manufactured by Rudnick and Enners, the new line will mirror the SDL Pellets existing line, effectively doubling production capacity to enable production of over 60,000 tons of En Plus A1 wood pellets annually.

Construction of the pellet line and press is expected to be operational by July 2024.

The company has experienced consistent year-on-year growth since its launch in 2001, which has been attributed to their sustainable and innovative foundations.

These principles have always been at the forefront of SDL’s operations, this has seen them install one of the UK’s first aerobic digesters and commissioning their own CHP biomass plant to produce their own renewable energy.

Roll on 23 years later, they now manage the 360° life cycle of the tree from harvesting to replanting and offer full traceability and carbon tracking of all their projects.

The motivation behind commissioning the new wood pellet line and pellet press is to meet the increased demand for their wood pellets. They have seen significant growth in demand from domestic customers as well as commercial customers, especially in the poultry industry for heating purposes in the chicken sheds.

“This investment positions SDL Solutions to meet the rising demand for wood pellets as an environmentally responsible heating choice,” said Sam Launchbury, chief executive of SDL Solutions.

“By doubling our capacity, we reaffirm our dedication to offering our customers reliable and sustainable fuel options. We believe the most reliable and environmentally friendly wood pellets are produced within and supplied to the UK, from responsibly managed forests, reducing the demand for imported wood pellets.”

SDL Solutions prioritises the use of wood materials from sustainably managed sources to minimise environmental impact. This is a big step towards securing the longevity and continued success of SDL Solutions.