Finland-based paper company Metsa Board has commenced the construction of a new sheeting line at its Äänekoski board mill with an investment of €11m.
The sheeting line will be installed in the existing sheeting plant and will commence production during September next year.
It is expected to increase the plant’s production capacity by 35,000t, bringing the total production to 120,000t annually. It will support the facility to meet customer demands.
Metsa Board will use the investment for additional automation to the existing sheet cutters as well as equipment for cutter reel handling and storage.
In a separate development, the company has made an investment of €5m in a second baling line at its Kaskinen mill in Finland.
The investment is expected to increase the plant’s bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) capacity, as well as enhance product consistency and production reliability. It will become operational during November or December this year.
According to the company, the second baling line will add a further 30,000t to the annual capacity of the plant, increasing the total production to 370,000t.
Metsä Board will use the BCTMP produced in the plant to produce folding boxboard and market pulp.
Metsä Board produces fibre paperboards, including folding boxboards, foodservice boards and white kraftliners for consumer goods, retail and food service applications. The company has approximately 2,350 employees worldwide.