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Metsä Group invests in fossil free future by expanding Mariestad mill

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Metsä Group, through its tissue business Metsä Tissue, has made a decision to invest in world leading environmental performance in tissue production by modernising and expanding the Mariestad tissue paper mill in Sweden. The investment will increase the availability of locally and sustainably produced tissue products in the Scandinavian market, in which approximately 40% of tissue use is currently imported. The value of the investment is €370 million and it is one of the largest in the tissue business in Europe and the largest within Metsä Tissue. The construction works will start during spring 2023 and the renewed mill is planned to be operational in the second half of 2025.

The mill produces high quality Lambi, Serla and Katrin tissue products for both consumer and professional use and the current capacity will be doubled to approximately 145,000 tonnes per annum. After the expansion the mill will have a new tissue paper machine with the capacity of 70,000 tonnes per annum, three new converting lines, for both rolled and folded tissues. Also, a fully automated warehouse for finished goods and raw material handling will be built as well as a new office facility.

The expansion of the Mariestad mill will bring considerable improvements in the environmental performance of tissue production. Despite the doubled production capacity, the fossil CO2 emissions will drop to zero latest by 2030 due to new technology in use.

The expansion will focus purely on sustainable fresh fibre production, after which the total fresh fibre share at the mill is 80%.

The water consumption per tonne will be diminished by 50% because of the new paper machine technology, fresh fibre based production and effluent plant modernisation which is enabling better utilisation of purified water in the Mariestad’s mill water circulation.

Tissue as a bulky product with high air content is not economically viable nor sustainable to transport long distances. Logistics emissions are planned to drop by 25% per year due to replacing paper imports with local production.

Manufacturing at the mill will continue normally during the expansion.


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