Norra Timberg is an organization with 17,000 members, a turnover of SEK 2.5 billion and two own sawmills. As CEO of Norra Timber, Pär Lärkeryd has had close contact with the university's research group in wood science and engineering in developing what is called the world's most modern saw line, at Norra's sawmill in Sävar in Västerbotten. Thanks to a state-of-the-art computer tomography (CT), it is possible to scan logs at a speed of 180 meters per hour. Because of the technology, every log is utilized optimally.
Both on his current assignment and as former CEO of the engineering company Indexator, Pär Lärkeryd has worked purposefully with gender mainstreaming. Indexator has received the Industry Equality Award and Norra Skogsägarna the Swedish Equality Prize, and Pär Lärkeryd has been hired as an expert in, among other things, the national Equality investigation.
Pär Lärkeryd, born in 1962, resides in Umeå and holds a degree from Luleå University of Technology's Master Programme in Mechanical Engineering. Being involved in building a better society is an important motivating force for him.
He sees digitization throughout the value chain as the next major development area for the forest industry. The appointment as Honorary Doctor provides a strong platform for an even closer collaboration between academia and the forest industry to find solutions that provide benefits, he says.