A new record was achieved at Metsä Fibre pulp mills in 2013, with an annual output of 2,297,000 tonnes representing an increase of three per cent over total pulp production in the previous year (2,237,000 tonnes). The mills in Rauma and Kemi set local output records of their own.´
These records emphatically demonstrate the company's strong commitment to continuous improvement, with daily development work increasing utilization rates and every employee involved in the process. The life cycle plan applied at the mills also ensures correct machine operation and optimal timing of investments and other measures.
The most substantial investment made in 2013 was conversion of the Joutseno mill to a polysulfide process last summer. This also increased output to some extent, but only this year will the company reap full benefits from the conversion.
Metsä Fibre has maintained consistently high output figures, with volumes increasing continually since 2010.
INDEPENDENT TEAMS STREAMLINE THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Metsä Fibre has made some changes to its logistical and sales support functions. Where the company previously had a single support team with three focus areas (logistics, sales support, and delivery planning/coordination), these functions have now been differentiated into independent units.
The eight-member logistics team is led by Jyrki Ranki. The sales support team works in Joutseno and has four members, whereas delivery planning and co-ordination is the business of a six-member team based in Rauma. The teams in Joutseno and Rauma are both led by Tarja Nousiainen.
The change was implemented at the beginning of 2014 with a view to clarifying roles, improving customer service and increasing efficiency throughout the supply chain. For example the new arrangement makes the sales support team responsible for orders, deliveries and invoicing. The logistics team is in charge of logistics for Metsä Fibre and export logistics for Metsä Board.
Since the beginning of the year the teams have been gaining experience of the new system and further refining procedures with a view to optimizing all operations.
METSÄ FIBRE NOW COVERED BY ONE PEFC ASSESSMENT
A single PEFC certification assessment was introduced for Metsä Fibre at the start of 2014, replacing the separate assessments previously conducted at individual mills.
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is the world's largest forest certification system, and is backed by an independent non-profit NGO umbrella organization established in 1999. PEFC enables buyers of timber and paper products to be confident that these products come from sustainably managed forests.
Another established system monitoring the ultimate origin of wood is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a stakeholder-owned system promoting responsible forestry throughout the world. The FSC brand label provides international recognition of support for responsible forest management. Metsä Fibre also holds FSC certification.