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AFRY engineering partner in Metsä Board’s new folding boxboard mill pre-engineering in Finland

Fri, 05/05/2023 - 10:30 CEST

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, and AFRY have agreed on an engineering assignment, when the company plans to build a new folding boxboard mill in Kaskinen mill site, Finland.

Metsä Board has started pre-engineering for a new folding boxboard mill with an annual capacity of approximately 800,000 tonnes at the Kaskinen mill site in Finland. AFRY has received an assignment for pre-engineering, which includes architectural, infrastructure, building technology, and structural engineering. In the pre-engineering phase, in terms of construction, e.g., wood construction will be promoted, and existing mill site infrastructure will be developed. As part of the pre-engineering, an environmental impact assessment and an environmental permit process have been launched.

Demand for packaging made from renewable raw materials that replace plastic packages will continue to grow. This demand will be met with more sustainable packaging solutions that supports the transition to a circular economy.

The pre-engineering for the new folding boxboard mill is based on fossil-free production and world-class resource and production efficiency. Thanks to the best available technology, the consumption of raw materials, energy, and water per tonne of folding boxboard produced would be significantly lower when compared with the existing mills.

”Our plans are strongly guided by responsibility. In addition to resource and production efficiency, we also aim for world-class environmental efficiency. I am happy that we can utilize AFRY's wide experience in this important project,” says Tero Ojala, Project Director, Metsä Board.

"We are grateful for Metsä's trust in AFRY in this sustainable project, which is in line with our values, and where we can utilize our long experience in the forest industry. In cooperation with Metsä, we are also developing new cooperation models which bring inspiring dimension to the project team," says Janne Ranz, Head of the Engineering unit, AFRY Process Industries division, Finland.

Metsä Board estimates that the possible investment decision could be made in 2024 at the earliest. The value of the order for AFRY has not been disclosed.

For further information, please contact:

Kalle Rasinmäki, Head of Process Industries Finland and Asia
Tel. +358 40 566 4250
E-mail kalle.rasinmaki@afry.com

Media enquiries:

Marika Hahtala, Head of Business Development, Marketing & Communications, AFRY Process Industries 
Mobile +358 40 823 8986
E-mail marika.hahtala@afry.com

Interested in learning more? Global demand growth for fibre-based packaging is accelerating as it becomes one of the key enablers of the transition towards circular economy. Consumer boards are simultaneously renewable and recyclable and are therefore increasingly used as sustainable packaging materials for a multitude of uses including, foods, confectionary, beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Read more: Pulp & Paper | AFRY

About Metsä Board

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards. We focus on lightweight and high-quality folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. We are a forerunner in sustainability, and we aim to have completely fossil free mills and raw materials by the end of 2030. In 2022 our sales totalled EUR 2.5 billion, and we have around 2,250 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

AFRY provides engineering, design, digital and advisory services to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society.  

We are 19,000 devoted experts in industry, energy, and infrastructure sectors, creating impact for generations to come. AFRY has Nordic roots with a global reach, net sales of 24 BSEK and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. 

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