Metsä Fibre’s new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski will have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. The full output of the mill will be transported via an automated pulp distribution centre where the pulp units will be buffered, sorted and distributed for transportation. The centre’s 33-metre high warehouse is equipped with two high-capacity stacker cranes and two roof cranes specifically for wagon loading.
“As far as I know this type of high-bay warehouse is the first of its kind to be used anywhere in the pulp industry,” says
Matti Alanen, Vice President, Logistics Finland at Metsä Fibre.
The roof cranes have been developed together with crane manufacturer Konecranes. The semi-automated cranes have tailor-made grips and can simultaneously lift altogether 32 tonnes worth of pulp units directly into train wagons waiting in the loading area, which has a total length of 200 metres.
“One of the main considerations when planning the new distribution centre – besides Äänekoski’s large production capacity – was our need for a highly efficient pre-transportation system serving our main export harbour some 350 kilometres away in Helsinki,” Alanen says.
Construction work on the distribution centre will commence at the beginning of June this year, to be finished before the test operation of the bio product mill starts in June 2017.