Metsä Group to grow in pulp and kraftliner


New Kemi softwood and hardwood pulp mill is to be built at a cost of €1.6bn.

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä group, has made the final investment decision to build a new bioproducts mill in Kemi, Finland. The company puts the value of the investment at €1.6bn.

The new pulp mill is geared for a production capacity of 1.5 million tpy of softwood and hardwood pulp, and will be ready for start-up in the third quarter of 2023, according to Metsä group.

The new facility will replace the current pulp mill in Kemi which has an installed capacity of 620,000 tpy. Wood consumption is said to increase by 4.5 million cubic metres to 7.6 million m³ of pulpwood per year.

Metsä Board invests for increasing kraftliner demand

Metsä group's subsidiary Metsä Board is also active at the Kemi site, running kraftliner operations with an installed capacity of 425,000 tpy of coated and uncoated white-top kraftliner

Now, enabled by Metsä Fibre's new bioproduct mill investment, the company launched a development programme for its white-top kraftliner mill in Kemi, the company said.

Under the €67m investment programme, Metsä Board will upgrade the kraftliner machine at Kemi to capacity by 40,000 tpy. In addition, it will purchase a 180,000 tpy unbleached pulp production line from Metsä Fibre in 2023.

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