The pulp and paper industry

Paper products are part of our daily life
Products made of paper are used for a variety of purposes in our everyday life. For mediation of information in newspapers and printed matters, as different forms of packaging, and for hygiene products, just to mention a few. The raw material is virgin fiber from the forest. In addition, a significant amount of recycled fiber from consumers is used as raw material. The production of newsprint in Europe is for example essentially based on recycled fiber. However, since the recycled fiber does not have the strength required for certain kinds of high quality paper and as it loses its paper making qualities after a certain number of re-uses, the use of virgin fiber is an integral part of the paper-making process. 

 

The Swedish pulp and paper industry is export intensive
The forest industry as a whole plays an important part in the Swedish economy. It is also heavily export oriented and makes a significant contribution to Sweden’s trade balance. Sweden is the world’s second largest exporter of pulp, paper and sawn wood products combined.  Of the pulp and paper production, close to 90 percent is exported. As for pulp production, around a quarter of the total consumption of pulp within the EU are manufactured in Sweden. 

 

The industry's raw material is renewable and recyclable
The activities of the forest industry are based on a renewable material, the growing forest. Provided that forests are managed sustainably, they are able to provide society with an infinite source of carbon-neutral raw material. This gives the industry unique opportunities in times when there is an interest from society to replace fossil-based products with renewable ones to in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. A lot of research to develop new products out of bio-based materials, such as wood from the forest, is on-going, and the Swedish forest industry has elaborated a vision to act as a driving force in the development of a so called bio-based economy up till 2035.

 

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Swedish Forest Industries Federation - facts and figures on Swedish pulp and paper industry

 

Swedish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry - with statistics on Swedish forest industry production
Confederation of European Paper Industries - facts and figures on the European pulp and paper industry 

  • Metsä Fibre and ANDRITZ sign preliminary agreement on advanced wood raw material processing equipment

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and ANDRITZ signed a preliminary agreement on wood raw material reception and feed equipment for the Kemi bioproduct mill. The delivery includes two automated overhead cranes, as well as their installation and commissioning. This type of fully autonomous, AI-based equipment is a new solution for the reception, storage and process feeding of wood raw material, even on a global scale. It also enables the minimisation of the area needed at the mill for storing wood raw material. The domestic rate of the delivery is 45% and the project is managed by ANDRITZ Oy Lahti center of excellence in Finland. / Metsä Fibree
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  • Stora Enso starts the production of new-generation formed fiber products free from plastic and PFAS

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Stora Enso has started the production of formed fiber food service products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The production ramp-up follows the investment announced in 2019 and enables the manufacture of products that are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. The PureFiberTM by Stora Enso eco-product range is produced without plastic and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), enabling a safe and sustainable alternative for fresh food packaging. The Group is also investing in more formed fiber capacity in Sweden and China. / Stora Enso
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  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö invests into new coating machine for formaldehyde free coating

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Ahlstrom-Munksjö invests in a more sustainable coating machine in Billingsfors, Sweden, to enable formaldehyde free balancing and finish foils for furniture, as well as building and construction industries. The new machine is expected to be fully commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2021. / Ahlstrom-Munksjö
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  • Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches FortiCell® LAB

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Ahlstrom-Munksjö advances further into the energy storage market and launches Ahlstrom-Munksjö Forticell® LAB, its new portfolio of fiber-based solutions for Lead Acid Battery applications. Today, lead acid batteries are the most cost effective energy storage devices. / Ahlstrom-Munksjö
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  • Holmen mills receives the highest sustainability rating

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Holmen's paperboard and paper mills have been awarded the highest possible rating by the international assessment company Ecovadis. The paperboard mills in Iggesund and Workington as well as the paper mills Braviken and Hallsta have all been awarded Ecovadis Platinum, which means that all Holmen's mills belong to the absolute top tier of all assessed companies. / Holmen
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  • Artificial intelligence integration further improves quality consistency at Metsä Board Kemi mill

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is putting the latest artificial intelligence to good use at its Kemi mill in order to improve the runnability of its white kraftliner on a customer’s corrugating line. Metsä Board will be collaborating with DS Smith, a leading provider of corrugated packaging solutions operating across 37 countries. The analytical solutions and technology are supplied by Valmet, the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services to the pulp, paper and energy industries. / Metsä Group
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  • Joint press release from Renewcell and SCA

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The Swedish sustaintech company Renewcell, a recycler of textile waste into a new raw material for making clothes, is considering Ortviken industrial area as an option to build their new plant. Renewcell currently runs production at their first plant in Kristinehamn and are now planning to scale up production capacity. / SCA
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  • Stora Enso invests in Forshaga to develop sustainable barrier solutions

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Stora Enso is making an investment in dispersion barrier technology at its Forshaga site in Sweden, as a step in its innovation agenda. The investment of approximately EUR 10 million enables the development and production of paperboard with barrier properties that are easier to handle in a recycling process, have a lower carbon footprint and can be compostable in industrial facilities. The new equipment is expected to come into use during the second quarter of 2021. / Stora Enso
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  • SCA discontinues publication paper and invests in pulp production

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Today, SCA decided to discontinue the production of publication paper and to invest SEK 1,45bn in the production of chemically pre-treated thermo-mechanical pulp (CTMP) at the Ortviken industrial site in Sundsvall. The decision has been preceded by consultations with employee representatives. / SCA
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  • Arctic Blue Gin package designed by Metsä Board wins a ScanStar award

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    The Arctic Blue Gin package, featuring images of Northern Lights, has won a ScanStar 2020 award. The Nordic competition was organised by the Finnish Packaging Association. Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, designed the Arctic Blue Gin package. It featured an impressive holographic design inspired by the Northern Lights and used MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright lightweight folding boxboard. / MetsäBoard
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