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Metsä Group’s pine sawmill inaugurated in Rauma

The new Rauma pine sawmill of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, was inaugurated on Monday, 10 October 2022. The sawmill was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sanna Marin with Ilkka Hämälä, Metsä Group’s President and CEO, and Jussi Linnaranta, Chair of the Board of Directors of Metsäliitto Cooperative. With a value of EUR 260 million, the Rauma pine sawmill is the largest ever sawmill investment in Finland. The investment decision was based on the strong growth in global demand for sustainably produced premium sawn timber.

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Metsä Group’s state-of-the-art sawmill starts in Rauma, Finland

The new state-of-the-art pine sawmill in Rauma in Finland, owned by Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has moved from production test run to continuous sawn timber production. The sawmill is operating continuously in three shifts. Construction of the Rauma sawmill started in the spring of 2020, and the value of the investment is approximately EUR 260 million. This is the largest sawmill investment ever in Finland.

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Metsä Fibre’s Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland successfully lifts up the world’s first autonomous logyard cranes

The world’s first autonomously operated logyard cranes have been successfully lifted up at Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. Supplied by international technology group Andritz, the delivery includes two 2 x 25-ton cranes on a 540 m long runway with a storage capacity of approximately 120,000 m3.

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Huhtamaki invests in Emerald Technology Ventures’ sustainable packaging fund

Huhtamaki, a global advanced manufacturer of sustainable packaging solutions, announces its investment in Emerald Technology Ventures’ sustainable packaging fund. As a limited partner, Huhtamaki will help to foster next-generation sustainable packaging solutions and tap into nascent innovation of start-ups.

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4evergreen alliance calls for greater harmonisation in collection and sorting of fibre-based packaging

A state of the art review of the collection and sorting systems across Europe, conducted by 50 companies throughout the entire packaging value chain, highlights several recommendations to improve efficiency. The 4evergreen alliance has endorsed systems that provide adequate sorting at the point of collection.

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New PTS method PTS-RH 025:2022 for the analysis of the aqueous phase in fibre recovery processes available

The significant reduction of water usage in paper manufacturing is based on an increasing rate of circular water usage in paper production. At sites which use predominantly recovered paper, the water circuits are often partially or completely closed. Despite the advantages associated with the resource protection, some adverse effects can be observed caused by an increasing accumulation of dissolved, colloidal and suspended material in the process water. This comprises in addition to hampered quality of the product also side effects like increased cleaning efforts caused by agglomeration and deposition of material on paper manufacturing aggregates. The potential to release substances to the aqueous phase during disintegration has so far not been considered in the method PTS-RH 021:2012 evaluating the recyclability of packaging products.

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AFRY enters into a global framework agreement with Elkem

Elkem and AFRY have signed a frame agreement to provide engineering and consulting services for Elkem’s production plants globally. The global frame agreement is a continuation of previous local frame agreements. The agreement covers engineering and consulting services such as project management, multi-disciplinary engineering, risk assessments, process optimisation, inspections, digitalisation, construction management and delivery of complete electrical, control and automation systems.

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Andritz has received final acceptance from Eldorado for biomass handling plant

Andritz has successfully received the Final Acceptance Certificate for a biomass handling plant at Eldorado’s Onça Pintada site in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul. This plant is part of the first thermoelectric power plant in Brazil to consume eucalyptus stumps and roots. The plant will be able to generate 50 megawatts of electricity from an innovative source – eucalyptus stumps and roots, the parts of the trees not used in the pulp manufacturing process. This expands the capacity to generate energy from waste material originating from reforestation crops that are maintained by the company itself in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo.

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Metsä Group's and Valmet's 3D fibre product demo plant was inaugurated in Äänekoski

The 3D fibre product demo plant jointly owned by Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet was inaugurated in Äänekoski on Monday, 22 August 2022. The demo plant was inaugurated by Minister of Science and Culture, Petri Honkonen, President and CEO of Metsä Group Ilkka Hämälä and CEO of Valmet, Pasi Laine.

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Funding decisions in Metsä Group's nature program

Metsä Group has made funding decisions in the most recent application process of its nature program. A diverse set of cooperation projects to safeguard the diversity of Finnish nature was chosen to be funded. Experts from key stakeholders in the natural resources sector participated in the project evaluation.

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Valmet invests in press felt production in Finland

Valmet further develops its press felt production facilities in Tampere, Finland by investing in new press felt machinery and equipment. The investment includes a new pre-needling line and a new needling line. The amount of the investment is around EUR 18 million.

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Valmet to deliver BioPower heat and power plant and a pretreatment BioTrac system to Orlen Poludnie S.A.

Valmet will deliver key technology areas for Orlen Poludnie’s S.A. planned second generation bioethanol (B2G) plant in Jedlicze, Poland. The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) delivery includes a pretreatment BioTrac system with a capacity to process approximately 400 tons of dry straw per day, a BioPower 48 MWth lignin fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant and a Valmet DNA Automation system. The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

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