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Pre-engineering for Metsä Board's new folding boxboard mill in Kaskinen mill site, Finland

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. AFRY has received an assignment for pre-engineering, which also involves promoting wood construction and developing the current mill site infrastructure.

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 support 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.

AFRY's assignment covers the pre-engineering phase, including 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. An environmental impact assessment and an environmental permit process have been launched as part of the pre-engineering.

Metsä Board estimates that the possible investment decision could be made in 2024 at the earliest.

"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."

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."

Janne Ranz, Head of the Engineering unit, AFRY Process Industries division, Finland

Image: Metsä Board

Project facts

  • Client: Metsä Board Oyj
  • Project: Pre-engineering for new folding boxboard mill in Kaskinen mill site
  • Duration: 2023
  • AFRY's role: Architectural, infrastructure, building technology, and structural engineering

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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

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