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Metsä Group and Valmet 3D Fibre Product Demo Plant Inaugurated in Finland

Muoto 3D products.jpg Muoto is a 3D fibre product that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and its raw material — wood fiber — comes from sustainably managed forests.

Aug. 22, 2022 - The 3D fibre product demo plant jointly owned by Metsä Group's innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet was inaugurated today in Äänekoski, Finland. The demo plant was inaugurated by Minister of Science and Culture Petri Honkonen, President and CEO of Metsä Group Ilkka Hämälä and CEO of Valmet Pasi Laine.

The new Muoto® product, which is manufactured by the demo plant, is a significant new opening in the packaging market. Made from renewable and sustainably grown wood raw material, Muoto is an excellent alternative to plastics in many end-uses, for example food packaging of different sizes and shapes.

"It is important that new types of value-added products are developed from Finnish pulp, of which Muoto is a great example. It is a packaging material made from fossil-free raw materials for people's everyday life. We continue the development work towards a broader business," Ilkka Hämälä said.

"Valmet wants to continuously develop new innovations to speed up the green transition. In the 3D fibre product, together with Metsä Group, we have combined our expertise seamlessly, and it is a pleasure to continue this significant development work together in the demo plant that is now being inaugurated," Pasi Laine added.

The construction of the approximately EUR 20 million demo plant began in Metsä Group's Äänekoski integrated mill site at the end of 2020 and the test production was initiated in May 2022.

The properties of the Muoto product and the production method are now further developed by using the demo plant and the product's potential is also tested on the market. If the market interest and product functionality can be demonstrated on the current scale, Metsä Group will consider building a larger production facility.

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers. To learn more, visit:

SOURCE: Metsä Group

Read a related article on PaperAge's website: Metsä Group's and Valmet's 3D Fibre Product Demo Plant Is Now Operating - May 25, 2022.

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