Finland' pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso has opened its new consumer board mill in the Guangxi region near Beihai, China.
Built with an €800m investment, the newly opened mill can produce 450,000t of high-grade carton board products annually.
The opened mill is expected to reach full production within 18 to 24 months.
Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström said: "China is a market with high potential and the start-up of our consumer board mill is crucial to meet the growing demand for high-quality and safe fibre-based food packaging in China and the Asia Pacific region."
Since 2012, Stora Enso has been planting trees on 85,000ha of leased land in the Guangxi region.
Certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC), the company will provide a sustainable, cost-competitive and self-sufficient fibre base for the new mill.
Stora Enso also provides renewable solutions for the packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper markets worldwide.
The company, which employs 26,000 people, intends to replace fossil-based materials by developing new products and services using wood and other renewable materials.
Stora Enso recently announced that it would invest €26.5m in its pulp mill located in Skutskär, Sweden, to increase the company's fluff capacity by around 160 000t per year.
With the investment, the company aims to meet increasing demand in the hygiene market.
Image: One of the key end products of the Beihai consumer board mill is liquid packaging board. Photo: courtesy of Stora Enso.