The goal of the six million euro rebuild was to improve product quality over and above brand promises and customer expectations. Another key motivation was to improve energy efficiency, which is one of the company's strong focus areas. The rebuild will reduce water consumption and contribute to energy savings in line with Metsä Tissue's commitment to cut energy consumption by 20 percent within three years.
"The enhanced product quality will further strengthen our brand position. Serla consumers and customers appreciate Serla's unique combination of ecological awareness, high product quality and functionality," says Markus Reivala, Serla Brand Director. "I believe the investment will also consolidate Lambi's current position as a premium brand - synonymous with softness - far into future. Metsä Tissue's brands are a guarantee that quality, ecology and economy are always in sound balance, which is directly supported by this investment," Reivala continues.
"The rebuild schedule was ambitious, but the project, implemented together with Vaahto Pulp & Paper Machinery Group, was very successful and actually proceeded ahead of plan. This was made possible thanks to the dedication and excellent team input of all involved. The runnability and speed of the paper machine and converting lines improved clearly, resulting in increased efficiency. We now have good potential for a further productivity increase in the future," says Jori Sahlstén, Regional Operations Director, Northern Eastern Europe and Mill Manager of the Mänttä mill.