Mill group Store Enso has revealed that it will invest €23 million (£19.24 million) in its Varkaus site in Finland to expand its recycled fibre capacity.
Work will begin immediately on this, with it expected to be completed by the end of 2022. As a result, its capacity for recycled fibre will increase by 10%.
Currently, the site uses unbleached softwood pulp and high-quality brown and white top containerboard for corrugated board. It currently uses about one third of the total board packaging recycled in Finland as a raw material in addition to the virgin fibre. The investment will lead to more recycled fibre being used.
Stora Enso Varkaus Packaging Board Mill director Jarkko Tehomaa said: “The investment will increase the capacity of our recycled fibre site and give us the flexibility to increase the use of recycled fibre in our portfolio.
“The investment will also improve production efficiency through technical changes in both the board machine and the pulp mill drying machine. Also, our flexibility to offer different product grades to customers improves and the capacity of the site increases slightly.”