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Stora Enso Investing EUR 26.5 Million to Increase Fluff Pulp Production at Skutskär Mill

Skutskar pulp mill Stora Enso plans to increase fluff pulp production at its Skutskär pulp mill in Sweden by approximately 160,000 tonnes per year.

June 9, 2016 - Stora Enso said that it will invest EUR 26.5 million in Skutskär pulp mill in Sweden to increase its fluff pulp capacity to meet the growing demand in the hygiene market.

According to the company, the investment will enhance Skutskär Mill's profitability and long-term competitiveness by increasing fluff production by approximately 160,000 tonnes per year (tpy). The mill's softwood pulp capacity is expected to be reduced by 160,000 tpy, starting from year 2018.

The total fluff pulp capacity of the mill after the investment will amount to 415,000 tpy.

The investment supports Stora Enso's strategy of transforming into a customer-focused renewable materials growth company. The aim is to develop further the current market pulp business and to focus more on growth segments.

“Both hygiene and non-woven products are a fast-growing market. This investment will enable us to support the growth of our customers and further develop this business together with them,” says Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, Stora Enso's Biomaterials division.

The investment is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2018, and it falls within the group's capital expenditure guidance given earlier. The investment includes the necessary changes to one of the drying machines.

Stora Enso's Skutskär Mill produces Northern bleached kraft softwood pulp (NBSK), softwood fluff pulp and bleached hardwood pulp (birch). The total capacity of the mill is 540,000 tpy. The fluff pulp is mainly used in airlaid hygiene products such as diapers, feminine care products and adult incontinence products. It is also used in tabletop products and wipes.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. To learn more, please visit: www.storaenso.com

SOURCE: Stora Enso