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Metsä Board outlines Husum renewal plans

Metsä Board, part of Finland-headed forest industry major Metsä Group its plan to strengthen its position as Europe’s leading producer of folding boxboard by increasing production capacity. The company has started pre-engineering for increasing the annual production capacity of folding boxboard machine BM1 at its Husum mill in Sweden by approximately 200 000 tonnes.

The pre-engineering phase includes also an evaluation of the mill port’s capacity for increased volumes of raw materials and finished goods. The planned investment would further strengthen Husum BM1’s position as the biggest folding boxboard machine in Europe.

The readiness to make the final investment decision is expected to be achieved in the summer of 2021 and if the investment is implemented the ramp-up of the additional capacity would start in 2023.

Renewal of Husum pulp mill proceeds

Husum pulp mill in Sweden will be renewed in two phases during the 2020s. In November 2020, Metsä Board received an amended environmental permit for the first phase of the renewal, and a final investment decision for the first phase, which includes a new recovery boiler and a new turbine, was made in December 2020.

In the second phase of the renewal, to be decided and implemented later during the year, the current two fibre lines would be replaced with one new. Metsä Board has now started preparations for the renewal of the Husum mill site’s environmental permit to include also the planned new fibre line. The permit application will be filed during 2021.

Metsä Board, part of Finland-headed forest industry major Metsä Group, has signed an agreement to sell a 30 percent stake in its Husum pulp mill in Sweden to Swedish forest owners’ cooperative Norra Skog. Metsä Forest Sverige, responsible for Metsä Board’s wood procurement in Sweden, has simultaneously entered into a long-term wood supply agreement. The deal, which was signed on December 1, 2020, enables Metsä Board to release capital from its pulp business and to focus on growth in paperboard (photo courtesy Metsä Board).

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