​​ Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. Its main brand is Botnia.

Lea​ding producer of bioproducts and bioenergy

Bioproducts from northern wood for growing markets.

Metsä Fibre
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Metsä Fibre in brief

Leading producer of bioproducts

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. The company’s pulp brand is Botnia and the sawn timber brand is Metsä Nordic Timber.

We produce pulp and other bioproducts at four mills in Finland: Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma and Äänekoski, which have a combined production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes. We also have six sawmills: in Finland our sawmills are located in Kyrö, Lappeenranta, Merikarvia, Renko and Vilppula and in addition to these, Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia.

Metsä Fibre is part of the Finnish forest industry group Metsä Group. Metsä Fibre is owned by its parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative, Metsä Board and Itochu Corporation.

Values and strategy

Metsä Fibre's values

Metsä Fibre's values

Products that meet customers’ needs are made by employees who are highly competent and willing to learn and reinvent themselves. Our employees are guided by Metsä Group’s values: responsible profitability, reliability, cooperation and renewal. We operate in line with our values and let the results speak for themselves.

Responsible profitability means that we improve our profitability while also considering the environment and listening to our stakeholders. All of our other values lay the foundation for responsible profitability.



Metsä Group's values - reliability

​Our success is based on long-term cooperation with our stakeholders. We appreciate each other’s work and competence and we strengthen the confidence of our various stakeholders through our consistent and predictable operations.



Metsä Group's values - cooperation

​We develop our operations in cooperation with our customers and share information and best practices with each other. Operating as one group of companies, we harness mutual synergies and rely on common benefits.


Responsible profitability

Metsä Group's values – responsible profitability

​We bear our responsibility for the environment, our partners and each other to ensure successful business activities and forestry. Profitability is vital for the continuous development of operations.



Group's values - renewal

​We are aware of the challenges of the future and have the courage to question old practices in order to provide better products and services to our customers in support of their business operations.

Metsä Fibre's strategy: Towards sustainable excellence

Metsä Fibre’s strategic goal is to be the world’s best and most bioproduct producer from northern wood raw material. In line with our basic mission, we create sustainable growth from renewable wood raw material.

We are a leading producer of bioproducts such as pulp, renewable energy, biochemicals and sawn timber. Sustainability is an integral part of everything we do, and we are a pioneer in the sustainable bioeconomy. We take care of environmental and cost efficiency as well as the high quality of products, and we aim for lasting excellence through continuous improvement.

The strategic key targets include exceeding customers’ expectations, excellent performance in all operation, the best personnel and being a forerunner with the courage to renew itself.


We are part of Metsä Group

Metsä Fibre is owned by its parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative (50.1 per cent), Metsä Board (24.9 per cent) and Itochu Corporation (25.0 per cent).

Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group, which comprises Metsäliitto Cooperative, its two businesses Metsä Forest and Metsä Wood, and the cooperative's subsidiaries Metsä Tissue, Metsä Board and Metsä Fibre. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and includes about 104,000 forest owners.

Metsä Group's ownership base and business structure differentiate it positively from its competitors and provide a long-term perspective to its operations. Through Metsäliitto Cooperative's owner-members, Metsä Group has access to a substantial reserve of premium-quality raw material, providing it with a stable, long-term foundation for the development of its operations and production plants. Metsä Group is responsible for Metsä Fibre’s wood supply.

Organisation and management

Metsä Fibre's Board of Directors

Metsä Fibre's highest decision-making body is the Board of Directors, whose chairman is Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group.

The other members are:

Martti Asunta, Vice Chairman, Metsä Group, Chairman of the Board

Mika Joukio, Member, Metsä Board, CEO

Esa Kaikkonen, Member, Metsä Group, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Metsä Wood, Executive Vice President

Juha Mäntylä, Member, Metsä Forest, Executive Vice President

Ichiro Kurashige, Member, Itochu, Executive Officer

Metsä Fibre's Management Group

The chairman of Metsä Fibre's Management Group is Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre. The Management Group is responsible for operational management and prepares proposals to the Board of Directors.

Ismo Nousiainen, CEO

Jari Forss, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Ari Harmaala, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customership

Antti Kiljunen, CFO

Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development

Jani Riissanen, Senior Vice President, Sawmill Business

Camilla Wikström , Senior Vice President, Production at Pulp Business


Ismo Nousiainen

b. 1966
M.Sc (Engineering)

CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy Member of the Management Team since 2018
Metsä Fibre Oy, CEO (2018–)
Metsä Fibre Oy, responsible for production (2008–2017)
Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab (now. Metsä Fibre Oy), various management positions (2001–2007)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, various positions (1996–2001)
Finntech Finnish Technology Ltd Oy, researcher (1993–1996)
Mittaportti Oy, Chairman of the Board (2008–2014)
Botnia Mill Service Oy, Member of the Board  (2007–2017)


Jari Forss

b. 1962
LL.M. with court training

SVP HR, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2015

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Human Resources (2015 – )
Metsäteollisuus ry (Finnish Forest Industries), Director, Labour market, Deputy managing director (2006 – 2015)
Suomen Hotelli- ja Ravintolaliitto, Director, Labour market, Deputy managing director (2001 – 2006)
Palvelutyönantajat, various positions  (1985 – 2001)Metsäteollisuus ry, Member of the Labour market Committee (2017 –)
Labour Court (2013 – 2014)
Johtamistaidon Opisto, Member of the Board (2007–2011)
Labour Council (1997 – 1999)


Ari Harmaala

b. 1961
Engineer, Construction technology

SVP Sales and Customership, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2011

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Sales and Customership (2011–)
Metso Paper (China) Co. Ltd, various management positions (2002–2011)
Valmet, various positions (1987–2002)
Enso-Gutzeit, Application Engineer (1986–1987)
EPIS, European Pulp Industry Sector, Chairman of the Board (2016–2018)
 Valmet Xian Paper Machinery Co. Ltd, Board Member (2003–2011)  
Metso Paper (China) Co. Ltd, Chairman of the Board (2003–2011)  
Finnish Business Council Beijing, Board Member (2004–2011)


​b. 1978
M.Sc. (Econ.)

CFO, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2018

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Strategy (2018–2019)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Group Controller (2010–2018)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Business Controller (2008–2010)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Assistant Controller (2006–2008)
Metsä Fibre Oy, Trainee (2005–2006)
UPM, logistics administrator (2004–2005)


Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen

b. 1962
M.Sc (Engineering)

SVP, Business development, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2010

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Business development (2010–)
Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab (nowadays Metsä Fibre Oy), various management positions 1997–2010
Kymmene Oy (nowadays UPM), Kuusanniemi pulp mill, various production and development positions (1986–1997)VTT Oy, Member of the Board (2015–)
Kemira Oyj, Member of the Board (2004–2010)
Mittaportti Oy, Chairman of the Board (2007–2009)
Oy Silva Shipping Ab, Member of the Board (2009–)
CLIC Innovation Oy, Member of the Board (2015–2018)
FIBIC Oy, Member of the Board (2008–2015), Chairman of the Board (2013–2015)
Metsäteollisuus ry, Research and Technology Committee, Chairman (2014–2016), member (2013–)
FTP (Forest-Based Technology Platform), Chairman of the Board (2013–2015)


Jani Riissanen

​b. 1974
M.Sc. (Forestry)

SVP Sawmill business, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2016

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Sawmill business, (2016–)
Metsä Wood, various management positions (2011–2016)
Metsäliitto/Finnforest, management positions (2006–2011)
Metsäliitto, various positions (1998–2006)


Camilla Wikström

​b. 1970
M.Sc. Chem.Eng

SVP Production, pulp, Metsä Fibre Oy Management Group member since 2018

Metsä Fibre Oy, SVP Production, pulp (2018–)
Metsä Fibre Oy, VP, Bioproduct MIll (2015–2017)
Metsä Fibre Oy, VP, Äänekoski Mill (2009–2015)
Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab (nyk. Metsä Fibre Oy), various positions (2001–2008)
Herkules Ab, various positions in sales and customer service (1995–2001)

Botnia Mill Service Oy, board member (2018-)



Over 100 years of expertise

Metsä Fibre's history began in 1973, when the company was founded as Oy Metsä Botnia Ab for the purpose of building a pulp mill in Kaskinen. Pulp production began in Kaskinen in 1977, but the roots of some of Metsä Fibre's mills go back much further. The oldest part of the company, Kemi Osakeyhtiö, was founded 120 years ago. Our Joutseno mill, founded in 1908, also has long traditions. Over the years, Metsä Fibre has grown from a resource-production company supplying its owner companies to a significant supplier of market pulp and other bioproducts. Today, Metsä Fibre is one of the world's largest producers of bleached softwood market pulp.

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The story of Metsä Fibre began in Kaskinen

​Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab was founded in 1973 for the purpose of building a pulp mill in Kaskinen. The founders of the company were the financing company Metsäpohjanmaa, Nokia Corporation and G.A. Serlachius. Manufacturing of bleached sulphate pulp began in Kaskinen in August 1977.


Greater environmental efficiency at the mills

​A second pulp mill was built in Äänekoski. Upon its completion in 1985, the Äänekoski mill was one of the largest and most efficient single-line pulp mills in the world. Special attention was paid in the design of the mill to protecting waterways and creating a high-quality factory milieu.

The production capacity of Metsä Fibre mills has been systematically increased through investments in equipment and processes, which have also improved the standard of environmental protection. At the end of the 1980s, a far-reaching decision was made to begin developing a bleaching process to replace gaseous chlorine with oxygen compounds. Production of ECF (elemental chlorine-free) pulp bleached with oxygen compounds and chlorine dioxide was launched in Kaskinen in 1989.


Merger of the Kemi mill

​In 1986, Metsäliitto Teollisuus and G.A Serlachius merged and founded Metsä-Serla, which became the principal owner of Metsä-Botnia. The next change in the ownership base occurred in 1989 when Nokia Corporation divested its ownership and United Paper Mills became the second primary owner of Metsä-Botnia.

The pulp and board manufacturer Kemi Oy merged into Metsä-Botnia in 1991. The Äänekoski mill separated from Metsä-Botnia and became the independent Metsä-Sellu corporation owned by Metsä-Serla.


Mill investments and M&As: Rauma, Joutseno and Äänekoski

​The principal owners of Metsä-Botnia decided to build a TCF (totally chlorine-free) pulp mill in Rauma. Founded as a separate company, Oy Metsä-Rauma Ab went on stream in 1996, and at that time it was the biggest producer of softwood pulp on a single line. Metsä-Rauma merged with Metsä-Botnia in 2000. The mill will commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2016.

In 1997, Metsä-Botnia acquired the Joutseno Pulp mill from UPM, and at the same time the company regained ownership of the Äänekoski mill.
The Joutseno mill was fully modernised during 1998–2001.


Going international

Metsä Svir sawmill started up in 2006

​The Svir Timber (Metsä Svir) saw mill began operating in Podporozhje, Russia in 2006. Svir Timber is a fully-owned subsidiary of Metsä Fibre, which also owns two Russian wood procurement companies, ZAO Petrovles-Pasha and ZAO Petrovles Podporozhje.

Uruguay pulp mill launched in 2007

Metsä-Botnia's pulp mill investment in Fray Bentos, Uruguay, was completed in November 2007. The mill increased the company's production capacity by one million tonnes of bleached eucalyptus pulp.


Beginning of a new era

​In 2009, Metsä-Botnia became a subsidiary of Metsäliitto Cooperative: the ownership of Metsäliitto Cooperative and M-real in Metsä-Botnia increased to 83 per cent and the share of UPM decreased to 17 per cent. In December 2009, UPM also acquired the Fray Bentos pulp mill. Metsä-Botnia's oldest mill in Kaskinen closed.

Metsä Group strengthened its ownership when Metsä-Botnia bought back shares from UPM-Kymmene, increasing the total holding of Metsäliitto Cooperative and M-real to 89 per cent.

In 2012, Metsä-Botnia became Metsä Fibre as part of the overhaul of Metsä Group's corporate image.

In that same year, Metsäliitto Cooperative, Metsä Board and Itochu Corporation from Japan agreed on a transaction whereby Itochu acquired a 24.9 per cent strategic stake in Metsä Fibre. After the transaction, Metsäliitto Cooperative owns 50.2 per cent, Metsä Board 24.9 per cent and Itochu Corporation 24.9 per cent of the total share capital of Metsä Fibre. 


Continous improvement and big investments

​The 2010s has been a decade of continuous development and huge investments at Metsä Fibre.

Investments at Joutseno mill

At the beginning the 2010, the focus of our development investments was on the Joutseno mill. First in 2012 the new bark gasification plant was taken into use which made the Joutseno pulp mill Finland's first carbon-neutral production facility during normal operation. In 2014 the renewal of Joutseno mill's recovery boiler constructions and chip silo of the digester improved runnability of the mill and decreased air emissions.

The most significant investment at the Joutseno mill was made in 2013, when the new polysulphide pulp production process was introduced. With the cooking process using polysulphide, Metsä Fibre brought the Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps to the market, which won the Quality Innovation of the Year 2013 competition, organised by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland.

New bioproduct mill in Äänekoski

The bioproduct mill being built in Äänekoski mill area is the most remarkable investment of Metsä Fibre in the decade. With a value of EUR 1.2 billion, it is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Once completed in 2017, the mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp per year – nearly three times the annual production of the current pulp mill.

Production units

Leading producer of bioproducts

Metsä Fibre is a pulp and sawn timber industry company operating in the international market. Our four pulp mills and six saw mills are  at the top of the industry.​

Metsä Fibre’s four pulp mills and five sawmills in Finland and Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia are at the top of the industry. Metsä Fibre has pulp mills in Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma and Äänekoski. The combined annual production capacity of our pulp mills is 2.5 million tonnes of Elemental Chlorine Free (EFC) bleached pulp. The Wood consumption (2017)of the pulp mills is approx. 12,6 million cubic metres.

Metsä Fibre built a next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, which represents the largest investment ever made in the Finnish forest industry. The bioproduct mill came into operation on August 2017.

Metsä Fibre's sawmills are located in Kyrö, Lappeenranta, Merikarvia, Renko and Vilppula, Finland, and Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia. The sawmills have a total annual (2017) production volume of sawn timber of approximately 1.9 million cubic metres.

Efficient production
We have earned our status as one of the most efficient pulp manufacturers in the world through continuously investing in innovative technologies and operating policies, and in our people. Our mills are efficient and in good condition. They have been built using the best available technology (BAT). Their emissions comply with the BAT emission levels confirmed by the European Commission.