Pulp end uses

Metsä Fibre offers a wide selection of pulp. We serve customers in a range of paper and board segments, and we deliver our Botnia-branded pulp products around the world using state-of-the-art logistics. Whether you make board, tissue, specialty paper, or printing & writing paper, we can supply you with pulp that’s made to meet your needs.

Pulp for board manufacturers

Board manufactures

Board manufacturers often have very different needs for pulp depending on the desired end product. Board is used in everything from robust packaging for sensitive foodstuffs to highly visual and decorative packaging in the cosmetics industry for example.

While softwood pulp provides good runnability and excellent strength properties for board grades, hardwood pulp gives good surface properties for board grades. Botnia hardwood grades consist of birch and eucalyptus pulps. Birch fibres provide an excellent combination of structure and strength properties. Good formation and optical properties can be realised by using eucalyptus fibres. All pulps in the Botnia portfolio are certified to meet all of the cleanliness requirements for board.

Pulp for tissue producers

Tissue paper

Tissue producers’ needs generally include both excellent softness and high tensile strength. Depending on the final end product, functional properties such as absorption capacity may also play an important role.

Botnia softwood in tissue provides sufficient strength to the base sheet throughout the process. The ideal softwood fibre for tissue requires a minimum amount of refining energy to reach the desired strength level in order to minimise generation of fines and maximise dewatering properties and bulk. Hardwood mainly provides softness and high smoothness. Due to its excellent wet resilience, BCTMP can improve the absorption capacity of industrial and household towels.

Pulp for specialty paper manufacturers

Specialty paper is a category that includes everything from tea bags to bank notes and photographic paper. These different products bring their own special needs which are also highly varied, from stiffness and strength to porosity and opacity.

Metsä Fibre’s extensive product portfolio provides options for all these diverse needs. Our range of softwood pulps includes thin walled fibres with fast refinability, and coarse and long fibres with good reinforcement potential. Botnia hardwood grades consist of birch and eucalyptus pulps. Birch fibres provide good strength and surface properties while eucalyptus fibres provide good bulk, due to the rigidity of the fibre. The high fibre number gives good formation and surface properties, softness and uniform pore size distribution. On the other hand BCTMP will improve the bulk, stiffness and opacity of various paper products compared to chemical pulp.

Pulp for printing paper producers

A pile of magazines

Paper used for printing and writing purposes has different requirements depending on the end use. Visual properties such as brightness and good runnability are generally musts, but the levels of strength, stiffness and bulk needed are highly individual.

The role of our softwood is mainly to provide good runnability, dewatering and excellent strength properties for magazine papers. In magazine papers BCTMP provides higher bulk and stiffness compared to chemical pulp. Higher brightness, bulk and smoothness can be achieved when mechanical pulp is replaced by BCTMP.