Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, commences pre-engineering projects related to building a new sawmill in Rauma, Finland
The investment Rauma would increase Finland’s annual income by approximately EUR 0.6 billion.
Metsä Fibre commences also a pre-engineering project to build a pine sawmill at its mill site in Rauma. The estimated annual production of the sawmill would be approximately 750,000 cubic meters. The new sawmill would be the most modern and efficient unit in its field in the world. The level of technology and utilization of data will be raised clearly higher compared to current sawmills. The total investment would amount to approximately EUR 200 million. The new sawmill would directly employ approximately 100 people and, in its entire direct value chain roughly 500 people in total. The employment impact in the construction phase would be approximately 1,500 person-years. The sawmill’s annual sawlog consumption would be approximately 1.5 million cubic meters. Wood for the sawmill is planned to be sources from Finland. The increased sawn timber volumes would be sold mainly to European and Asian customers. The final investment decision related to Rauma sawmill is expected to be made in early 2020.
”The 100 per cent utilisation of wood raw material is central to Metsä Group's unique bioproduct concept. Logs are used for sawn timber, plywood and LVL products, and pulpwood for pulp and other bioproducts. The global demand for pulp and sawn timber is growing. The bioproduct mill in Kemi and the next-generation sawmill in Rauma would enable significant growth in our business. Logs are the raw material for the sawmill. The by-products of sawn timber production, bark and dust, are used for bioenergy and chips for pulp production. The pulp mill generates bioenergy, which is used by the sawmill and the excess is sold to the national grid. The sawmill investment would enable fossil free production in the entire Rauma mill integrate”, says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.