Metsä Board holds inauguration ceremony at renewed Husum pulp mill
Norwalk, CT — May 4, 2023 — Project partners and representatives of Örnsköldsvik municipality were on hand as Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, inaugurated its renewed pulp mill in Husum, Sweden yesterday.
Integral to the project is the new recovery boiler and turbine of the Husum pulp mill, which started up at the end of 2022. This improvement will allow the mill’s bio-based energy production to increase and the electricity self-sufficiency to reach over 80 per cent. The total value of the investment was approximately EUR 380 million.
“The renewal will strengthen the Husum mill’s role as an efficient and sustainable platform for the long-term development of paperboard production and is an important step towards our target of entirely fossil free mills,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.
“Because it’s a completely new generation, the new recovery boiler required extensive training of our staff,” says Olov Winblad von Walter, VP of Husum Pulp & Board mill. The project also includes a new control room and office, which will house the operation and maintenance staff on the same floor. “This will help us establish a new integration of technicians, engineers, maintenance and operators all working together,” Winblad von Walter continues.
An investment program is also underway at the Husum mill to increase the annual production capacity of folding boxboard by around 200,000 tonnes. The investment is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2023.
Metsä Board Husum mill in Sweden is an integrated board and pulp mill producing folding boxboard, uncoated white kraftliner and bleached chemical pulp.
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards. We focus on lightweight and high-quality folding boxboards, food-service boards and white kraftliners. The pure fresh fibres we use in our products are a renewable and recyclable resource that can be traced back to sustainably managed northern forests. We are a forerunner in sustainability, and we aim to have completely fossil free mills and raw materials by the end of 2030.
Together with our customers, we develop innovative packaging solutions to create better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. In 2022, our sales totalled EUR 2.5 billion, and we have around 2,250 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil-free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, and fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.
Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 7 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in around 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative, which is owned by over 90,000 forest owners.