Stora Enso plans production of plastic-free formed fibre products at Hylte

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15 Mar 2019 − 

Stora Enso is expanding the portfolio at its Hylte mill. In an effort to avoid plastic waste, the company will produce formed fibre products in the future.

Stora Enso has announced it will invest €5m in its Hylte mill in Sweden. The company plans to build a new production line for formed fibre products. According to Stora Enso, the initial annual capacity during the pilot stage will be about 50 million units, with the intention to expand. First products are expected to be on the market by the end of 2019.

Formed fibre products are recyclable and biodegradable products which do not contain any plastic. They are made of various chemical pulps and CTMP, which are pressed into a desired shape in a molding machine, Stora Enso explains. Potential products include single-use food packaging items such as plastic-free cups, plates or coffee cup lids as well as non-food applications.

The new production line will reportedly be operated by a new business unit for formed fibre. "This investment is another step on our transformation journey to replace plastic and other fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable alternatives," said Sohrab Kazemahvazi, Head of Formed Fiber.

Find the full article in EUWID Pulp and Paper issue no 12/2019, which will be available to our e-paper and print subscribers as of 20 March.

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