BillerudKorsnäs, a leading manufacturers of packaging paper, plans to fully restore production at its Karlsborg production unit in Sweden during the week of September 18, 2017.
According to the announcement, the fire started as a result of a malfunctioning security valve leaking oxygen leading to ignition during the night between September 5-6, 2017. The company stopped its production since then.
Per Lindberg, BillerudKorsnäs’ CEO, commented:
“The most important thing is that no person has been injured in the fire. We have now assessed the impact of the fire and the work with making the unit ready for start of production is ongoing at high intensity. We expect full production to be reached during next week, i.e. the week starting with Monday, September 18, 2017. As it is a complex start-up after this type of event, there is some uncertainty about the exact timing.”
BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg manufactures sack and kraft paper as well as market pulp for the Packaging Paper business area and has a production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes per year.
Earlier BillerudKorsnäs was listed as the containers & packaging industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.
The company is one of the leading manufacturers of packaging paper made from virgin fibers. It is headquartered in Solna, Sweden and emerged in 2012 from the merger of Billerud and Korsnäs and Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group.