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Stora Enso to increase kraftliner capacity in Varkaus

05 Jan 2022 − 

Stora Enso's Varkaus mill will increase its kraftliner capacity by around 10 per cent this year. The company also wants to use more recycled fibre.

Stora Enso has announced a €23m investment at its Varkaus kraftliner mill in Finland. According to the company, the measures will raise kraftliner capacity at the site by 10 per cent and increase the flexibility of the product range. The use of recycled fibre in addition to fresh fibre will also rise.

Preparatory work on the investment and the environmental impact assessment will commence immediately. Stora Enso says the work will be implemented while the site is in normal operation and the final installations will be carried out in connection with the annual maintenance shutdown in late autumn. The project is planned to be completed at the end of 2022.

The Varkaus mill produces brown und white-top kraftliner with a current capacity of 390,000 tpy as well as unbleached softwood pulp, sawn timber and veneer wood and employs 400 people.

Kraftliner is produced on the basis of both fresh fibre and recovered fibre and the share of recycled content is now planned to be increased. According to Stora Enso, the Varkaus site currently converts about one third of Finland's total recycled board packaging. "Driving and enabling the recycling of paperboard packaging products is a key sustainability goal," the company said.

The investment will reportedly also improve production efficiency through technical changes in both the board machine and the pulp mill drying machine. Also, the site's flexibility to offer different product grades to customers will increase.

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