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About ArboxA

An Award-Winning StartUp

Established in September 2016 by the name SpeCo, changed to ArboxA in January 2017.


Winner of Uminova Innovation's StartUp Competition and Nordea Norrlandsstiftelses Stipendium, December 2016


Winner "Business of the Week" on Businesspodden, the largest business podcast in Sweden, April 9, 2017


Winner of AB Västerbotten, April 26, 2017

With A Great Idea

To perform quality control of trees already in the forest is a simple idea, but it has far reaching consequences for the entire process chain, and can significantly change the way forestry and related industries operate today.

VentureCup Top20 Idea
The Idea was chosen as one of the Top20 in Sweden by Venture Cup, December 2016

And New Technology

Although the idea is simple, the technological challenges are not. Tree quality needs to be assessed unambigously, rapidly, non-destructively and reproducibly on site!
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Our innovative approach and the products in development are based on cutting-edge technology and years of scientific research.

The ArboxA Way

1) Using a Handheld Device, forest owners and managers should be able to quickly sample trees in a forest patch to assess their quality. All information is to be stored in the ChemisTree™ Database to be retrieved at any time (to decide on management actions, determine sell / buy prices, etc). The best areas for harvest can be selected based in the collected information.

2) Harvesters should be equipped with their own unit, continuously assessing tree quality. Bad trees can be left standing, or partially harvested (e.g. only taking good quality parts and leaving long stubs). Thus, the quality of all harvested trees can be ensured.

3) All harvested trees can be placed into log piles according to their qualities: some trees might be ideal for the pulp and paper industry, others for construction material or furniture. If bad quality trees are also harvested (clear cutting) they can be put aside and converted into energy locally

4) Trees with the right quality can be transported to the right production sites. This saves time and money on transportation and minimising its environmental impact.

5) Production sites would not have to deal with quality control and waste handling, since waste never even harvested / transported to them. This should speed up production and reduce costs. With raw material quality ensured, production protocols can be optimised, lowering costs (less energy / chemicals are needed) and increasing yield and product quality.

Ultimately, the ArboxA Way would result in better quality products for lower prices AND significantly reduced environmental impact (optimised harvest and transportation, less energy / chemicals are used in production, overall better efficiency and less waste).

You do not have to choose between a better economy and a healthier planet!

 The Arboxa Way | Green Forestry

Traditional Process Chain

1) Forest areas selected for harvest are not based on rigorous quality control of the trees.

2) Trees harvested are not subjected to quality control apart from visual inspection by harvesters.

3) All harvested trees are transported to production sites. At least 5% of all harvested and transported trees are so bad quality that they cannot be used for production (it can be up to 25%!)

4) Quality control is performed at the production site, creating a bottleneck and burdening production sites with the cost and time and environmental impact of waste handling.

5) Since quality control is almost exclusively based on physical parameters (such as size) and visual inspection, errors are large and the chemical composition of the raw material remains unknown. Thus, production sites are forced to expect suboptimal quality trees in the processes, meaning that they need to rely on more generic, broader scope protocols, that must use more energy / chemicals, therefore take longer time and cost more, resulting in lower yields and hard-to-control, lower product quality.


There is a better way: the ArboxA Way!


See Our Products in Development See Your Benefits
1600million

People depend on forests for their livelyhood (globally)

70billion

m3 of wood is harvested / year (Sweden)

20billion

the production value of forestry / year (Sweden)

5%

the minimum loss / year, due to lack of quality control

Products in Development

Handheld Unit

The development aims to produce a lightweight and portable unit, perfectly suited for forest owners and managers. Sturdy and safe to operate in all weather conditions, with direct communication to the ChemisTree™ Database. Equipped with GPS tagging to enable marking the exact position of the tree together with its chemical compositional profile in the ChemisTree™ Database. Ideally suited for forest owners and managers during inventory and management to determine and ensure quality and value.

Harvester Head Unit

Heavier but more robust than its handheld counterpart, the development work of this unit focuses on maximum speed instead of minimum size. It is designed to work together with the harvester, continuously checking tree quality along the long during processing, communicating with the ChemisTree™ Database and the rest of the harvester technological infrastructure. It provides real-time information about tree quality, allowing for leaving long stubs, or grouping harvested logs based on their quality or destination.

ChemisTree™

The ChemisTree™ database aims to become the "Google of Trees". Want to know how much your forest is worth? Which are the best patches in the forest to sell now, and which are the trees that you should monitor closely to either nurture them (high value), or protect them (vulnerable ones)? Converseley, if you use forest raw material in your production, where do you find the best quality for your purposes? Buy nearby with a little worse quality, or go for the best even if it means a longer haul?

Forestry Statistics

Landmass

Forests cover 31% of the total land mass of the Earth

93

Natural Forests

The majority of all forests is natural, not planted

90

CO2 sink

Forests are the largest carbon sink by far: they capture 90% more CO2 than the next largest sink

13

US industry

US forests counter roughly 13% of the carbon impact of the US industry

Your Benefits

Forest Owners, Buyers, Managers

  • Know the value of the trees in the forest
  • Know which trees/areas need special protection
  • See if there's immediate concern (rot)
  • Know which trees to keep, which to clear
Handheld Unit

Harvesting & Transporting

  • Automatically determine tree type and age
  • Determine quality on the fly, including rot
  • Allow partial harvest
  • Sort harvested logs according to quality
  • Mark each tree according to quality and GPS location
  • Harvest & transport right trees for right users
Harvester Unit

Industries Using Forest Raw Material

  • Select forests with the most suitable trees, price & transportation for your products
  • Know the quality of the purchased raw material
  • Optimise process conditions based on tree quality
  • No waste handling
  • Improved yield and throughput
  • Better quality product, lower production costs
ChemisTree™
Database

Others (National Parks, Arboretums, etc.)

  • Save forests that have low commercial value for biodiversity
  • Know the vulnerability of trees to existing threats (rot, insects)
  • Know the vulnerability of trees to emerging threats (climate change effects)
  • Take appropriate protection measures in advance
Handheld Unit

ArboxA & Sustainabilty

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN has defined 17 goals to transform our world
(Learn more about them on the UN site)

ArboxA proudly aims for a direct contribution to at least 10 of them!

No Poverty

No Poverty

Since around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood, more effective forest management, protection and quality control directly or indirectly affects millions of people worldwide.

Good Health and Well-Being

Good Health and Well-Being

Forest are the lungs of the planet and provide excellent recreational areas. Protection forests and leaving forest patches as natural reserves significantly contributes to a healthier environment and to the general well-being of people leaving in those areas.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

A change from a fossil based economy to plant based automatically includes a change to clean energy. Making forestry more effective and reducing the environmental impact of transportation as well as its cost directly contributes to this change.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Making forestry and all related industries more effective directly contributes to economic growth. At the same time, the environmental impact is also reduced!

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Advanced technology and innovative approaches that optimise production processes directly help industries that rely on forest raw material: waste handling is reduced or completely eliminated, yield, throughput and product quality increased and production costs decreased, due to reduced energy and chemical needs.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Cities and Communities

By reducing the transportation of waste and directing forest raw material to the optimal use (including local energy production) cities and communities become more sustainable.

Responsible Consumption and Production

Responsible Consumption and Production

By performing quality control during forest management and harvesting, a responsible use of forest raw materials is ensured. At the same time, production processes become significantly less wasteful.

Climate Action

Climate Action

Perhaps the most important of all, climate effects of forestry and all related industries (including production and transportion) can be reduced by introducing quality control already in the forest. At the same time, the impact of already existing climate change effects can be minimised, by identifying vulnerable trees/forests that require protection due to emerging threats (such as insect attacks, consequences of altered precipitation amounts and seasonal patterns, etc).

Life on Land

Life on Land

Forests cover 31% of the entire land mass of the planet. Their optimal management, protection and sustainable utilisation is key to life on land.

Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities

Gender Equality and Reduced Inequalities

Although not directly connected to the technology, ArboxA strongly belives in and is fully committed to work for gender equality and reduced inequalities locally as well as globally.

Contact Us

Arboxa AB

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, preferably using the contact form here. Thank you!

ArboxA AB, Umeå, Sweden
Org. nr: 559120-0166
Sjöfruvägen 165 lgh 1008, SE-90751 Umeå, Sweden
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