Expert views from and related to the world of pulp and other bioproducts.
Issue 2/2018 / Voice
Metsä Fibre’s vision is that our customers value us as their preferred supplier for high-quality bioproducts and services that create added value for their business. The vision is based on reliability – reliability as in being a trustworthy partner or as in performing consistently well. As we all know, trust is something that needs to be earned.
Let me begin with a confession. I feel slightly ashamed to walk around downtown Helsinki with a plastic carrier bag nowadays, and if my shopping is small enough, then I fold up the bag and hide it under my arm. Plastic carrier bags have become rather embarrassing.
In line with its strategic objectives, Metsä Fibre is increasingly focusing on strengthening customer relationships, improving performance, developing its personnel and building the capacity to regenerate, says CEO Ismo Nousiainen.
Issue 1/2018 / Voice
The business environment continually changes, and company operations must accordingly evolve to keep pace. There is always room to improve, and always an imperative to do so.
Print is the most pervasive human interface: we write on it, read it, wear it, sit on it and even eat from it!
Technological trends arising from digitalisation, such as IoT, artificial intelligence and data analytics, are having a major impact on society, the world of work and the business operations of Metsä Fibre.
Issue 2/2017 / Voice
Incoming Metsä Fibre CEO Ismo Nousiainen aims to make sure that customers can see the company’s values clearly realised in all of its operations.
Issue 1/2017 / Voice
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Issue 2/2016 / Voice
According to Jari Tuulenmäki, CEO of Wise/Lean Oy, the mills of the future format deployed at Metsä Fibre is a good example of innovative organisation and leadership.
Maintaining and improving the high standard of expertise of Metsä Fibre staff is the best guarantee of our continued competitiveness.
Issue 1/2016 / Voice
Innovation is a hugely important term for Metsä Fibre. It touches upon a huge variety of topics and areas of activity for the company, extending outwards from its credo of continuous improvement – internalised by every employee – into the hundreds of projects underway daily, large and small, which each necessitate critical thinking and a broad base of engineering skills.
When comparing the Nordic, North American and South American varieties of softwood pulp, it’s difficult to make a general statement about which is superior. That said, when considering the range of applications each may be suitable for, Nordic softwood pulp does have the strong advantage of versatility...
What is our recipe for leading innovation activities? I
see them as the result of two distinct dimensions of our work. Firstly,
Metsä Fibre has a clear vision and strategy, and our systematic target
setting – along with diligent monitoring of concrete achievements –
gives our daily work its focus and direction. We rely heavily on the
expertise of our personnel, and emphasise continuous improvement in
every aspect of our activities. We challenge ourselves continuously, and
strive for better results by making observations and improvement
suggestions as part of our own work.
Issue 1/2015 / Voice
The bioeconomy is expected to become the next wave of the global economy as the fossil-based economy starts to tail off. Transition into the bioeconomy will reduce our dependency on fossil raw materials and prevent deprivation of ecosystems while simultaneously creating sustainable economic growth and jobs.We in Finland have an excellent starting point to develop the bioeconomy with our vast natural resources, know-how and industrial infrastructure. Especially in the forest bioeconomy we have already world-class competence. We have come up with innovative solutions for versatile use of our green gold, although we could still improve on our ability to commercialise ideas and inventions. Being a small nation, co-operation comes naturally to us, and we have pioneered integration of different industries...
Metsä Fibre has confirmed its decision to invest in building a new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Central Finland. Construction work has already begun on this carefully prepared project, with a view to bringing the new mill on stream in the third quarter of 2017. This will be the largest single investment in the history of the Finnish pulp and paper industry, and it demonstrates the company’s supreme confidence in continual development and growth of the sector. Although our product range, our market and our customers continue to evolve, we believe that this investment will maintain our competitiveness and enable us to continue serving as dependable partners of our customers for decades to come.
All industries — pulp production included — are subject to major global changes in their operating environment. We met up with top futurist thinker Rohit Talwar to discuss how businesses should embrace future trends.
Issue 2/2015 / Voice
Forests are Finland's most important renewable natural resource, and their sustainable management will continue to ensure increasing wood supply and biodiversity. About 100 million cubic metres of new wood grows in the forests of Finland every year, whereas the total annual harvest has only been about 55 million cubic metres. There are no forest management obstacles to increasing the rate of felling...
The green gold is what we call the forests here in the Nordic countries. I fully agree, for various reasons. To us, the forests are much more than just the most remarkable natural resource. Our forests provide both a source of recreational nature values and the renewable raw material for daily commodities. Our forests grow nowadays more than ever. In Finland, only 60 per cent of the annual growth is used. In the summer season, when the northern half of the globe enjoys the sunlight day and night, our trees grow even more intensively than their peers in the south.
Issue 2/2014 / Voice
Great progress has been made in ensuring health and safety at work. Modern businesses focus on reducing industrial accidents with the utmost seriousness, and safety-first thinking has become the norm.
The theme of this magazine is customer value creation, which is in many ways the lifeblood of all successful companies.
Issue 1/2014 / Voice
Job rotation is an effective approach to in-service learning at Metsä Fibre. The opportunity to tackle diverse challenges at various operating locations in Finland and abroad provides new perspectives over the business as a whole and helps our people to appreciate the needs of the customer.