Trend break at this year’s SkogsElmia: Now the big companies want small machines

“This year’s SkogsElmia marks a trend break. Now the major forest companies and their contractors are coming to us.”

Magnus Wallin is the founder of the forest machinery manufacturer Malwa, which makes small machines for professional use.


Malwa’s concept is to raise small machines from the level of hobbyists and DIY-ers up to being a tool for forest contractors.

The selling points include reduced ground damage and more efficient first thinning operations because the machines are smaller, narrower and lighter.

“In the long term it works out better financially for the forest owner because there are more trees left behind for final felling,” Wallin says.

Forest owners have become tired of ground damage and are increasingly taking a long-term approach to their forests. They are prioritising both the natural landscape and the return on their investment. This has caused them to demand that the forest companies who harvest on their land use smaller machines.

The trend break came at SkogsElmia. Malwa and other manufacturers were visited by the big forest companies and their contractors.

“Our machines are a complement to their operations but we are closing in on the established machines in terms of capacity,” Wallin says.

At SkogsElmia Malwa presented a concept with a trailer behind the forwarder. The idea is not new but was launched several years ago by the well-known Swedish forestry figure, Jan Eriksson, Skogs-Jan. That time it did not gain a foothold in the market.

“With a trailer after the forwarder the capacity is nine tonnes,” Wallin says.

With a nine-tonne load Malwa is close to the big manufacturers’ forwarders, which start at ten tonnes.