Obbola paper mill inaugurated

SCA‘s new facility in Obbola, outside Umeå, has now been inaugurated. This means that the paper mill has one of the world’s largest machines for kraftliner and with it a significantly increased capacity to produce climate-smart packaging material.

“This is good for SCA’s and Obbola’s competitiveness and gives us a better ability to deliver in a market that needs to grow as fossil packaging materials are phased out,” says Gustaf Nygren, Mill manager at SCA Obbola.

Mill manager Gustaf Nygren and Product manager Susanne Rutqvist on stage during the inauguration.

Capacity for kraftliner production is increasing, from 450,000 tons to 725,000 tons annually. The most visible change at the facility is the addition of the world’s largest machine, supplied by Voith, for the production of kraftliner.

As part of the project, which entailed an investment of approximately SEK 7.5 bn, work environment improvements, a high-capacity recycled fiber line and a completely new lime kiln are also included. The recycled fibre line enables the industry in Obbola to receive and process 1,700 tons of recycled fiber every day, and the lime kiln means that biofuels can be used instead of oil. The latter reduces the use of oil by 8,000 cubic meters per year and contributes to a saving of 20,000 tonnes in emissions of fossil carbon dioxide.

“Obbola is now reaching a level where the industrial processes are basically fossil-free. The fact that we also get a proper capacity to recycle fibers and create even more climate-smart material is good for both our business and for the conversion of other industries’ packaging,” concludes Nygren.

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