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Metsä Group starts pre-engineering project for Muoto wood fibre packaging products

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Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring is starting a pre-engineering project for the first commercial factory producing the new packaging solution, Muoto. The products are wood based alternatives to plastic packaging. 



 Pre-engineering is a key planning phase, after which Metsä Group will have the conditions of factory planning in place to consider deciding on the investment, and it is expected to be completed in early 2025. Based on the outcome of pre-engineering and the continued work in the demo phase, mainly using a demo plant in Äänekoski, Finland, the group will assess the possibility of starting this new business and investing in a factory to support that business. Metsä Group has already decided that the possible factory would be located at its Rauma site in Finland.

 

‘Taking an idea to industrial scale is a long road with multiple different phases. Deciding to start the pre-engineering project is a big milestone for us. Although many areas still need further development, we have now gathered enough proof to initiate this very important factory planning stage. The Muoto project has reached this point very quickly, considering that the project started almost from scratch for us in 2020. A big thank you goes to our project team and our main partner Valmet,’ said Niklas von Weymarn, CEO at Metsä Spring.

 


The technology applied in Muoto products converts wet wood pulp into three-dimensional packages without any intermediate steps, meaning that the new low carbon footprint products would be ready to be shipped to end customers as such. In addition to being easy to mould into different shapes, Muoto is lightweight, strong, and recyclable. The first use cases ready for mass production will likely be light takeaway and lunch packages, berry containers, trays, and combo packaging. The final product catalogue will be decided when the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation has been finalised.

 

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