Pasi Piiparinen, newly-appointed SVP, Head of Paperboard, Metsä Board, talked about future developments: “It is not only increased capacity that counts. We continue to invest in energy efficiency, decreasing our CO2 emissions and reducing the use of energy derived from fossil fuels. We are investing in a new bio power plant at our Kyro mill site in Hämeenkyrӧ, Finland, which will use discarded wood as fuel.”
Metsä Board continues work on product and service development. For example, sheeting operations at the Äänekoski board mill and Gohrsmühle site will further improve its service portfolio and the availability of sheeted cartonboard.
Metsä Board’s new R&D Centre will research ways of supporting customers in the packaging industry as well as applications for new raw materials from forest fibres, and study how its products can match rapidly-evolving printing and converting technologies.
“We maintain a dialogue with customers as to how best we can develop our products to meet their needs and address specific concerns,” adds Pasi Piiparinen. “We are confident this will help uphold Metsä Board’s leadership in paperboard development into the future.
“Sustainability is at the heart of our business and increasingly consumers appreciate the benefits of our fresh forest fibre paperboards, knowing they are made from a renewable resource that comes from responsibly managed forests, and that they are recyclable. All our raw materials can be traced back to their source. Fresh forest fibres enable the production of light but stiff boards, in which we have invested significantly over many years, and are strong, clean and pure, making them ideal for use in contact with food or other sensitive products,” Pasi Piiparinen concluded.
Metsä Board will focus on meeting demand for sustainable paperboard packaging