Metsä Fibre operates in a resource efficient way. We use raw materials, energy and water as efficiently as possible. We use of every part of each tree for the purpose it is best suited for – logs are delivered to our sawmills, while pulpwood is used for pulp, biochemicals and further processing into other bioproducts. We also produce bioenergy from branches, treetops and bark. Even the wood chips our sawmills produce as a side stream are used in our pulp production.
We make the most of the natural qualities of wood from the moment it is harvested in the forest. For instance, the logs are already cut with our customers’ needs and end products in mind, even before they arrive at our sawmills. This allows us to ensure that the end products are high quality and that not even a splinter of valuable raw material is wasted.
The bioproduct mill concept developed by Metsä Fibre enables the future expansion of our product range with new bioproducts that possess an increasingly high added value. The wood raw material and production side streams in the bioproduct mill concept are used in the form of various bioproducts, which can replace fossil-based materials and fossil fuels.
We have also found modern solutions to improve our resource efficiency in bioproduct production. For example, at the Äänekoski bioproduct mill, we have expanded the mill’s closed chemicals cycle by using the mill’s odorous gasses to produce sulphuric acid. This also minimises any sulphate discharges into the waterways. In addition, Metsä Fibre’s Joutseno and Äänekoski mills both produce product gas from bark. This product gas is used as a fossil-free fuel in the mills’ own processes. Our goal is for all of our mills to operate without fossil fuels in the future.
Continuous improvement is one of the cornerstones of our operations, and resource-smart solutions are what we aim for whenever we plan new investments, in terms of both equipment and our products. That’s why we continuously improve the production and resource efficiency of our pulp and sawmill businesses.