Metsä Board to modernise Simpele board mill

Metsä Board has made an investment decision to renew the folding boxboard machine at Simpele, which will improve the quality of folding boxboard and increase production efficiency.

The company said the investment will enable the replacement of fossil fuels in paperboard production, and supports it’s target of fossil free production at all its mills by the end of 2030.

Metsä Board had previously confirmed it would launch a major investment programme to modernise the entire Simpele board mill, which will be implemented in phases over the next ten years. The planned investment programme also includes renewals in the mechanical pulp production, in the finishing area as well as a new power plant. The company has not yet taken investment decisions on these.

The investment on the board machine will increase the mill’s production capacity by around 10,000 tonnes, which will bring the annual production capacity of Simpele folding boxboard to around 310,000 tonnes. The Simpele mill produces high quality lightweight folding boxboard, mainly for food and pharmaceutical packaging.

The investment will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2025. The investment value is approximately €60m, divided over the period 2024–2026.

Mika Joukio, CEO, said, “The renewal of the board machine is part of a wider investment programme to modernise the Simpele board mill. This investment will improve the quality of folding boxboard, meeting the strictest requirements, especially in food and pharmaceutical packaging. In addition, the investment will improve our cost competitiveness and enable almost entirely fossil free production at Simpele.”

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