"We have to continue to rethink, and the investment in Poland is another step in our transformation into a value-creating renewable materials company focusing on growth markets," says Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen.
"The demand for modern light-weight corrugated packaging is increasing rapidly. The market in Central and Eastern Europe will grow by over 5% per year," says Mats Nordlander, EVP, Renewable Packaging. "Our new BM 5 will strengthen our position in the growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe, and at the same time supporting our packaging growth strategy."
New containerboard machine - a sustainable investment
Stora Enso's integrated network for collecting paper for recycling in Poland, the new efficient power plant that uses more than 50% biofuels and this new state-of-the-art containerboard machine with low energy consumption will make Ostrołęka the benchmark for cost and product offering in Europe.
Stora Enso has established its own collection system in Poland based on collection and sorting stations that it has set up around the country. The packaging material it collects is transported to those collection stations, where it is separated from other waste material and baled. The final raw material is then transported to Stora Enso's mill at Ostrołęka and made into new products: cardboard boxes and board packaging.
"The board waste may just look like colourful rubbish to some, but this raw material keeps huge board machines in motion. True recycling means more than just sorting. It means that perfectly functional new products are made from the recycled materials," says Jerzy Janowicz, Mill Director of Ostrołęka Mill.
Facts about Ostrołęka Mill
Ostrołęka Mill is near the city of Ostrołęka, 120 km from Warsaw on highway 61.
The history of the mill dates back to 1959, the year of inception of the state-owned company Ostrołęka Pulp and Paper Mill.
Ostrołęka Mill is the biggest mill in Stora Enso Poland by mill area.
The mill comprises a pulp and paper mill, a corrugated board and boxes mill and a sack mill.
The corrugated board and boxes mill manufactures single-wall and double-wall corrugated board of all types of flute, which are then used for the production of different kinds of American-type boxes and die-cut boxes.
The sack mill is one of the most modern sack producers in Central and Eastern Europe, equipped with three state-of-the-art sack lines. The product range comprises open-mouth pasted sacks, valve pasted sacks and paper sacks on reels.
Ostrołęka Mill's new light-weight containerboard machine BM 5 started up in early 2013. The machine is currently in the ramp-up phase, which is expected to last a couple of months. The investment cost of the machine was EUR 285 million, and its capacity is 455 000 tonnes of product per year.
Ostrołęka Mill is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 1400, ISO 22 000 and OHSAS 18001, FSC CoC and PEFC CoC (responsible forest management).