Metsä Board to modernise Simpele board mill

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Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, will invest €60m in the upgrade of its board mill in Simpele.

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The goal is to improve the quality of folding boxboard produced and to increase production efficiency. The investment will increase the mill's production capacity by around 10,000 tpy to bring the annual production capacity of Simpele folding boxboard to around 310,000 tpy, writes Metsä Board. The Simpele mill produces high quality lightweight folding boxboard, mainly for food and pharmaceutical packaging.
The investment will also enable the replacement of fossil fuels in paperboard production, and supports Metsä Board's target of fossil free production at all its mills by the end of 2030, the company writes.
The investment will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2025, according to Metsä Board.
Metsä Board has previously announced to launch a major investment programme to modernise the Simpele board mill, which will be implemented in phases over the next ten years. At the same time, the company cancelled plans to build a new 800,000 tpy board mill at its Kaskinen site.
The planned investment programme for Simpele also includes renewals in the mechanical pulp production, in the finishing area as well as a new power plant. The company has not yet taken investment decisions on these.
CEO Mika Joukio commented: "The renewal of the board machine is part of a wider investment programme to modernise the Simpele board mill. This investment will improve the quality of folding boxboard, meeting the strictest requirements, especially in food and pharmaceutical packaging. In addition, the investment will improve our cost competitiveness and enable almost entirely fossil free production at Simpele."

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