Walki inaugurates Valkeakoski production line

The next generation production line in Walki’s Valkeakoski plant was officially inaugurated recently, with a ceremony that brought together customers and other stakeholders from various parts of the world.

The €13m investment – one of the most significant in Walki’s history – is an important step forward in the company’s strategy to transform materials towards a circular future.

“With this milestone investment, we are expanding our technology base to secure the recyclability of our fibre-based products to meet the strictest requirements of expected future regulations”, says Leif Frilund, President and CEO. “This new production line will cater to the fast-growing demand for fibre-based and recyclable materials, both in our consumer packaging and construction materials segments.”

The novel coating technology ­– a combination of dispersion and impregnation technology – is enhancing Walki’s capabilities to produce high barrier fibre-based materials with a low carbon footprint.

“The production line has been completely designed in-house and is the most modern in the world. Dispersion technology is a sustainable way to achieve barrier properties for fibre-based packaging without compromising recyclability in fibre streams”, says Kari Salminen, Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President, Engineered Materials.

The new production line was a true team effort involving not only Walki employees but also a wide range of suppliers, as well as the support from customers.

“Everything has gone according to plan, which we can see in our excellent safety statistics relating to the project,” concludes Salminen.

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