Metsä Fibre’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, was inaugurated by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö

Bioproduct mill inaugurated

​Metsä Fibre’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, was inaugurated by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö on 18 October 2017. Hosted by President and CEO of Metsä Group Kari Jordan, guests at the event included national policy-makers, representatives from the City of Äänekoski and various partners in cooperation related to the bioproduct mill project.

12/2017 TEXT: TIMO NYKÄNEN, METSÄ FIBRE IMAGES: METSÄ GROUP

​In his inauguration speech, President Niinistö noted that Finland's well-being is largely based on the export industry:

“The forest industry continues to be a key export sector and a major employer in Finland. Its economic importance is emphasised by the fact that raw materials and services needed in production are mainly sourced from Finland. Metsä Fibre's Äänekoski bioproduct mill is an example of the new era of the forest industry. Its positive impacts on the Finnish economy are substantial,” Niinistö said.

Pulp production in Äänekoski has increased as planned, in line with the start-up curve. The mill is expected to achieve its nominal capacity of 1.3 million tonnes in mid-2018. This will make Metsä Fibre the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp.

Next spring, Metsä Fibre’s key customers will have the opportunity to visit the bioproduct mill at an event that promises to be a memorable experience. Stay tuned for further information!

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