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Metsä Group’s tissue and cooking paper business completes three-year, Euro 55 million investment program in Poland

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Metsä Group’s tissue and cooking paper business completes three-year, Euro 55 million investment program in Poland

October 08, 2013 - 18:20
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ESPOO, Finland, Oct. 2, 2013 (Press Release) - Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, inaugurated its renewed paper mill today, 2 October, in Krapkowice, Poland. The over EUR 55 million investment programme was started three years ago and it is the largest in Metsä Tissue's history. The investment includes two new, state-of-the-art tissue paper machines, a new away-from-home product converting line as well as extending the converting and warehousing to new, logistically effective facilities. The investment increases the mill's tissue production capacity up to 85,000 tonnes per year and converting capacity up to 50,000 tonnes per year.

"The renewed Krapkowice mill is the most modern tissue facility in Europe. This investment is strategically important to Metsä Group as it strengthens our market position and competitiveness in the Polish tissue market. Today's consumers want sustainably manufactured, high-quality hygiene products. Our Polish mill meets these expectations extremely well," says Kari Jordan, President and CEO, Metsä Group.

"Metsä Tissue is seeking for strong growth in Poland and nearby markets where the demand for new tissue products is increasing significantly. With this large scale investment, Metsä Tissue can enhance its productivity and energy efficiency in tissue production to a world-class level," says Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Tissue.

By utilising the best available technology, Metsä Tissue has reduced the mill's CO2 emissions by 60 per cent, NOx emissions by over 50 per cent and has virtually eliminated SOx emissions. Due to the major improvements in water usage and treatment, the amount of wastewater has been reduced by 42 per cent.

Krapkowice mill produces Metsä Tissue's top brands Lambi, Mola and Katrin for both consumer and away-from-home markets. The mill uses both virgin and recycled fibre. Metsä Tissue has applied for environmental labels, such as the EU Flower and the Nordic Eco-label, for all the mill's products. Metsä Tissue has been operating in Poland since 1997 and has some 250 employees.