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FM Timber group

Our values are responsibility, service, evolving and increasing wood value

  • Founded in 1997
  • Turnover 67,5 million euros
  • 140 staff
  • 80 % of turnover from exports
  • Global market area


  • Ahti Paananen, Chairman of the Board
  • Sami Kähärä
  • Mikko Luikku
  • Pasi Mikkonen
  • Emilia Paananen 
  • Samu Paananen
  • Kiia Rintala


  • Sami Kähärä, CEO
  • Minna Laine, CFO
  • Mikko Luikku, Chief Sales Officer

FM Timber Oy – background

FM Timber Ltd is a sawmill company founded by two forestry entrepreneurs in 1997. The company is located in Pihtipudas, Central Finland, where it is surrounded by an abundance of raw material. The profession of the founding partners is reflected in the first part of the company name: FM stands for Forest Master.

At first the idea was use leased machines to produce fresh, small-diameter-grade sawn timber, but after only one year had passed, the decision of acquiring a larger sawmill was made, and the company began sawing larger logs and providing fresh timber deliveries to customers.

In the turn of the century, when opportunities for fresh timber delivery grew scarce, investments into drying and sorting were made.

In 2020, FM Timber launched a new development programme. The company has large investment program going which includes new small log line, 100 000 m3 more kilning capacity and new 10 MW heating plant. In addition Fm Timber is increasing planed goods production with its 2 planing lines.