Stora Enso Plans EUR 27 Million Project to Increase Production of Board Machine at Imatra Mills

Stora Enso has slated EUR 27 million to increase the production capacity of a board machine by 20,000 tpy at its Imatra Mills in Finland.

Oct. 23, 2014 - Stora Enso said that it will invest EUR 27 million in an upgrade project involving consumer board machine 5 at the company's Imatra Mills' Tainionkoski unit in Finland.

The project is designed to increase the machine's annual production by 20,000 tonnes and at the same time improve product quality. Specifically, the upgrade will focus on the coating part of the machine and on modernizing the winder and reel packaging section.

Imatra Mills consist of two production units: Kaukopää and Tainionkoski. Together, they produce one million tonnes per year of liquid packaging board and food service boards, along with high-quality packaging papers and graphical boards. Over 90 percent of production is exported, mostly to countries in Europe, but a substantial share is also exported to Southeast Asia.

"The investment is in line with Stora Enso's transformation into a customer focused renewable materials company," said Vesa Simola, Head of Consumer Board Business Unit. "In addition to the capacity increase, the investment will enhance the quality and cost-competitiveness of our Tainionkoski unit in the global markets.”

According to Stora Enso, the modernization of the reel packaging section will take place in the spring 2015 while the machine is running. The remainder of the work will be carried out during the scheduled maintenance stoppage in September 2015.

Stora Enso produces chemical pulp, paper and board, corrugated packaging, and sawn wood products, including value-added products. To learn more, please visit: www.storaenso.com

SOURCE: Stora Enso