Metsä Board Investing EUR 38 Million in Extrusion Coating Line at Husum Mill

The Husum mill's production line with a paperboard extrusion coating capacity of approximately 100,000 tonnes per year will begin operating at the beginning of 2017.

Oct. 6, 2015 - Metsä Board announced that it is investing EUR 38 million in an extrusion coating line and related infrastructure at its Husum mill in Sweden. The line with a paperboard extrusion coating capacity of approximately 100,000 tonnes per year will begin operating at the beginning of 2017.

As previously announced, the company is currently installing a folding boxboard machine with a capacity of 400,000 tpy at Husum, which is expected to start up in January 2016. Metsä Board is marketing this new volume to the Americas as well as to food service end-uses such as cups, plates and trays globally.

A substantial amount of food and food service packaging requires barrier properties against things such as moisture and grease, and they can be produced with extrusion coating, Metsä Board noted.

“Extrusion-coated paperboard based on renewable fresh forest fibre competes on many occasions with plastics. Transferring to paperboard offers food service companies an opportunity to improve their responsibility,” said Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

In 2015–2016, Metsä Board's paperboards are coated by external converters. The company is also continuing development work on other barrier solutions.

Metsä Board is a leading European folding boxboard and white fresh forest fibre linerboard producer as well as a market pulp supplier. To learn more, please visit: www.metsaboard.com

SOURCE: Metsä Board

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