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Significantly more engineers will be needed

Published: 16 December 2021

Tomas Alsmarker, who is head of invasion and research at Swedish wood, talks about opportunities for wood and why you should study at Luleå University of Technology.

What challenges does the wood industry face and skills do you see a need for, say 10 years?

One of the most exciting and challenging tasks facing the wood industry is to move from "mass production" to "mass customization" like any other industry! How to meet increasing demands for flexibility with the demands for increasing standardization through, for example, modulation and automation. And this is at least as much about process as it is about technology. LTU has long had the industrial process as its DNA.

Why should you study in this particular area?

What will also be needed so much more in the future are people who see wholeness and not just partiality. “It's all about integration”! There will be a need for significantly more engineers who address the challenges and needs of society, which are based on the right "P"! Not based on the Production Apparatus but on the Place where people should live their lives! A much bigger outside and inside perspective will be needed!

There is a change in society, what opportunities does this create for specialists in wood technology?

We have the knowledge to build houses up to 8 floors in wood! For these buildings, the question is not whether it is possible to build these in wood, but instead why we should not build these in wood! The knowledge is there! It just has to be in the right place!