Metsä Board has started operations at a new extrusion coating line situated at its Husum mill site in Sweden.

The €38m line has an annual capacity to produce around 100,000t of polyethylene (PE) coated paperboards, which can be used as an alternative to plastics for frozen food and take-away packaging, including cups and plates.

The first orders currently being produced by the new line will cater to the global foodservice market.

At the Husum site, Metsä Board currently operates a 270,000t linerboard machine and a folding boxboard machine, which has an annual capacity of 400,000t.

Metsä Board CEO Mika Joukio said: “In developing the new PE coated grades we have utilised our longstanding board making expertise combined with the latest technology. We have an integrated facility at Husum which is a clear advantage.

“We are sourcing wood close to the mill and producing pulp, board and extrusion-coated board in the same facility with an excellent location near the harbour.

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"In developing the new PE coated grades we have utilised our longstanding board making expertise combined with the latest technology."

“This enables us to minimise transport and improve the efficiency and sustainability of the supply chain, which is important to us and our customers.”

Metsä Board’s PE coated paperboards feature pure and renewable fresh fibres and meet the requirements of the foodservice market by providing product safety, purity and protection.

The paper boards also offer improved barrier capabilities against moisture and water in the food and foodservice packaging.

Last month, Metsä Board introduced a new paperboard cup design concept, which is an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid.

Image: Metsä Board’s new extrusion coating line in Sweden. Photo: courtesy of Metsä Board.