Stora Enso invests 23 million euros in a panel production site in Varkaus


Finnish packaging company Stora Enso announced an investment of 23 million euros in its containerboard plant in Varkaus.

The investment will allow the company to expand its product line and increase the site’s production capacity by around 10%.

It will also allow the company to expand its ability to use recycled fibers.

The company has started preparatory work for the investment, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

The preparatory phase includes, among other things, the environmental impact study (EIA) and the update of the environmental permit.

The investment will continue while the site is operating normally, with the final phase of the project being carried out during the annual maintenance shutdown in late fall of next year.

‘Production efficiency’

Jarkko Tehomaa, director of the Varkaus cardboard packaging plant at Stora Enso, added: “The investment will also improve production efficiency through technical modifications of both the carton machine and the machine. drying of the pulp mill.

“In addition, our flexibility to offer different product qualities to customers is improving and site capacity is increasing slightly. “

The Varkaus production plant produces unbleached softwood pulp and brown and white corrugated containerboard, ie kraft liners.

In addition to unbleached softwood pulp, the paper mill currently uses about a third of the total recycled cardboard packaging in Finland as a raw material, the company added.

The plant is part of the Stora Enso Packaging Materials division, which has extensive know-how in using wood fiber at every stage of production, from product design to finished products and recycling.

Sustainability goals

Driving and enabling recycling of cardboard packaging products is one of the company’s main sustainability goals, and investments to improve recycling capacity are a tangible way to support this goal.

Stora Enso aims to produce 100% renewable products, fully compliant with the circular economy and with positive carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

The Stora Enso Varkaus site, with an annual production capacity of 450,000 tonnes, employs around 400 people.

The site also manufactures pulp, lumber and veneer lumber.

In September, the company said it was making progress on its transformation process into a growth company in renewable materials.

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