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Metsa Group - Port of Ajos At the Ajos port, located approximately 10km southwest from the city of Kemi (Finland), pulp bales are directed to Metsä Group's new 37,000 square meter product warehouse, where unloading is automated.

Metsä Group's New Kemi Bioproduct Mill Strives for Efficient Logistics

Feb. 26, 2024 - In response to the needs of Metsä Group's new bioproduct mill in Kemi, an efficient and reliable logistics solution has been developed, taking into account sustainability at every stage of operation and minimizing environmental impacts.

Pulp bales produced at the bioproduct mill are automatically loaded onto HCT (High Capacity Transport) trucks. These trucks, powered by biodiesel, transport the bales to a port warehouse located 15 kilometers away. The specially designed HCT truck can carry approximately 72 tons of pulp load at once, about 1.5 times more than a standard truck load. These solutions significantly reduce the carbon footprint of transportation.

A new logistics route, built in collaboration with the city of Kemi, enhances transportation and traffic safety in the area.

At the Ajos port, pulp bales are directed to Metsä Group's new 37,000 square meter product warehouse, where unloading is automated. Fossil fuels in the port and warehouse have been replaced with electrified forklift and loading equipment. Additionally, the port's electronic material handling crane features an electronic pulp grab, the first of its kind.

Eight new electric forklifts at the port improve environmental efficiency and enhance workplace safety. The elevated cabin, improved visibility, and lower noise levels contribute to a safer working environment.

For pulp shipments to Asian markets, the mill uses the latest vessel fleet where the technology enhances environmental efficiency.

"The foundation of the new logistics solution is to ensure safety, delivery reliability, and environmental efficiency. It secures a smooth chain from the mill to customers," says Pasi Pulkkinen, who was the Logistics Director for the Kemi bioproduct mill project.

"The core process of port operations remains the same as before, but with the latest equipment investments, the opportunities to improve operations in every aspect have grown significantly," explains Teemu Kauppi, Director of Kemi Port Operations unit.

With the new bioproduct mill, the export from Ajos port in Kemi abroad is expected to increase by over a million tons annually.

Metsä Group uses wood to make recyclable products for the day-to-day lives of millions of people globally. The Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, paperboards, and tissue and greaseproof papers.

SOURCE: Metsä Group

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