Sodra to Convert One Pulp Line at Morrum to Dissolving Pulp

Sodra Cell Morrum Mill in Sweden

Dec. 15, 2010 - Swedish pulp producer Sodra said that its Board has approved a project that involves converting pulp line 1 at its Morrum pulp mill to produce dissolving pulp.

The company did not disclose the amount of the investment.

Currently, pulp line 1 produces pulp for papermaking.

Upon completion of the project, pulp line 1 will produce 170,000 tonnes of dissolving pulp based on hardwood.

The production of dissolving pulp will gradually increase to compensate lost paper pulp volumes as a result of the development of digital media, Sodra said.

"The demand for renewable, wood-based textile fiber will increase as it replaces cotton fiber and oil-based synthetic fiber, said Gunilla Saltin, CEO of Sodra Cell.

Work on the conversion will begin immediately with production expected to start by the end of 2011.

Existing production will not be affected during the construction period, Sodra said.