Experience sustainability in action! Metsa Board expands folding boxboard production in Husum, Sweden, meeting rising demand for eco-friendly packaging.

Metamorphosis in Husum: Metsa Board Expands Folding Boxboard Production

Metsa Board has successfully completed the expansion of folding boxboard production capacity at its integrated pulp and paperboard mill in Husum, Sweden. Modernizing BM1 has increased the annual production capacity of folding boxboard by 200,000 tons, reaching a total of 600,000 tons. This expansion addresses the rising demand for packaging materials derived from renewable resources.

The BM1 now produces lightweight folding boxboards, maintaining strength properties while reducing raw material usage and the carbon footprint. The capacity growth involves extending the board machine, enhancing drying capacity, and implementing various improvements for better runnability and quality consistency. Upgrades to the off-machine coater enable higher speeds and accommodate larger jumbo rolls, while automated logistics streamline on-site transportation. The full production capacity is anticipated to be achieved by the end of 2025.

Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsa Board, highlights the response to the circular economy's demand by increasing Husum's production capacity. The renewal of the Husum pulp mill's first phase enhances bio-based energy production and integrates energy efficiency, contributing to reduced carbon footprints. The additional capacity will primarily serve the North American and European markets, aligning with the expected growth in demand for Metsa Board's premium lightweight paperboards in these regions.

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Folding boxboard production , Renewable packaging materials , Sustainable paperboard , Circular economy , Metsa Board expansion

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