Stora Enso to build a pulp and board mill in China
Stora Enso will make a significant investment at the city of Beihai in China. Several years ago, the company announced a project concerning a new integrated pulp and board mill in southern China. Now, the plans have been concretised.
Stora Enso is set to expand its presence in the fibre-based packaging market in China and plans to invest more than €1.5 billion in an integrated pulp and consumer board mill at the city of Beihai, in the Guangxi province. In the first phase of the expansion project, the Beihai mill is to include one board machine with an installed capacity of 450,000 tpy of liquid packaging board and consumer board and will also offer a capacity of 900,000 tpy of eucalyptus pulp, Stora Enso says. At a later stage, board capacity is to be doubled to 900,000 tpy. Construction work at Beihai is expected to begin in the second half of this year, the company explains. Board production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Stora Enso already runs several facilities in China and employs about 4,500 people there. In August 2011, the company has also acquired a majority shareholding in the packaging manufacturer Inpac, which runs production facilities in China and India.