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Stora Enso inaugurates Europe’s largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant

Finland-headed global forest industry major Stora Enso Oyj has officially opened what is dubbed as Europe’s largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant at Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden. The opening ceremony took place June 4 at Hylte Mill outside of Halmstad in south-west Sweden and was attended by more than 150 guests.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 4 of Stora Enso’s DuraSense production plant at Hylte Mill in Sweden with Karl-Henrik Sundström (left) CEO, Stora Enso; Lena Sommestad, Governor of Halmstad; Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites, Stora Enso and Mikael Damberg, Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Innovation (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

Stora Enso’s EUR 12 million investment in a biocomposite plant is part of the company’s ongoing process of becoming a renewable materials company. The company’s biocomposites, “DuraSense by Stora Enso”, make it possible to reduce the consumption of plastic by up to 60 percent and replace it with renewable wood fibre.

Uses for biocomposites include everything from consumer goods to industrial applications, such as furniture, hand tools, automotive parts, toys and kitchen utensils. The combination of natural wood fibre, polymers and additives offer the mouldability of plastic with the sustainability and workability of wood.

Biocomposites are another step towards replacing fossil-based materials. There is great potential for these renewable materials, so we are delighted to be opening Europe’s largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant today, said Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso during the inauguration ceremony.

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