Metsä Board started production at a new extrusion coating line at its board and pulp mill in Sweden

Metsä Board Husum Mill: extrusion coating line 1
Photo: Jonas Forsberg

Metsä Board announced the startup of a new extrusion coating line at its Husum mill in Sweden. The new state-of the-art coating line has an annual capacity of about 100kt and represented an investment of EUR 38 million. The company installed the new line for PE coated paperboards in order to respond to the tight requirements of the food service market by providing product safety, purity and protection.

According to the announcement, the new extrusion coating line is now producing first orders and it will serve the global food service market and offer improved availability and competitive products.  The paperboards are made of pure and renewable fresh fibres and are a preferred alternative to plastics for cups, plates and other takeaway packaging as well as for frozen food packaging.

Mika Joukio, Metsä Board’s CEO, commented:

“In developing the new PE coated grades we have utilised our longstanding board making expertise combined with the latest technology. We have an integrated facility at Husum which is a clear advantage. We are sourcing wood close to the mill and producing pulp, board and extrusion-coated board in the same facility with an excellent location near the harbour. This enables us to minimise transport and improve the efficiency and sustainability of the supply chain which is important to us and our customers.”

Currently, PE is the most common barrier against moisture and water for food and food service packaging.

At the same site Metsä Board operates a 270kt efficient linerboard machine and Europe’s most modern folding boxboard machine, which started production at the beginning of 2016 with yearly capacity of 400kt.

Metsä Board is a leading European folding boxboard and white fresh forest fibre linerboard producer as well as a market pulp supplier. Its sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, corrugated packaging manufacturers, printers and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totaled EUR 1.7 billion. It employees around 2,600 people. Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group.

Earlier Metsä Board won two awards at the recent iF Design Awards.

About Metsä Group:

The company is a forest industry group whose core business consists of tissue and cooking papers, paperboard, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. It has operations in almost 30 countries and production in 9 of them.

Source: Woodbizforum