Metsä Group is planning a significant investment program to develop the operations of the Mänttä tissue paper mill, to modernize the mill and extend its life cycle, the company says. The investment plans are part of the company’s tissue business’s Future Factory strategy program, which aims for world-class efficiency and environmental performance in tissue paper production. The size category of the planned investment program is approximately EUR 100 million, and the investments are planned to be implemented over the next five years.
The company aims to develop the factory’s production and environmental efficiency by investing in the modernization of paper machines and processing lines and improving energy and water efficiency. Their goal is the long-term continuity of efficient local tissue paper manufacturing in Mänttä. The program also supports the company’s goal of fossil-free products and production facilities by 2030. Investments will be announced as the plans progress.
says Joonas KukkonenVice President, Supply Chain, Forest Tissue Finland and the Baltics.
The first investment of the planned program is aimed at a new hand towel line, which will be used to produce virgin fiber-based hand towel papers especially for the Finnish market. Preparations for the investment are starting, and the line is supposed to be operational in 2025.
“Local tissue manufacturing means local jobs and improves society’s sustainability. The investment program planned for the Mänttä factory is a logical continuation of our ongoing Future Factory investment in Mariestad, Sweden, and our planned tissue factory investment in Great Britain, as well as several other investments in our international factory network. Now we can modernize our operations in Finland as well,” says Joonas Kukkonen.
Metsä Tissue is Metsä Group’s tissue business. Listed company Forest Board is, in turn, a subsidiary of Metsä Group.