Leading producer of bioproducts
Metsä Fibre supplies ECF-bleached sofwood and birch pulp to Europe and China for use as raw material for high-quality boards, tissue and printing paper and speciality products. In addition to pulp, Metsä Fibre produces other bioproducts from production side streams, biochemicals and bioenergy, which account for 10% of Metsä Fibre’s net sales of € 1.4 billion.
Metsä Fibre’s brand is Botnia. Along with pulp fibre, biochemicals and bioenergy, the Botnia range of products includes services and expertise that support the competitiveness of the Metsä Fibre’s customers, enabling them to make the most of the company’s fibres.
Metsä Fibre produces pulp and other bioproducts at four mills in Finland: in Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma and Äänekoski. The mills have a combined production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes. The Svir Timber sawmill in Russia is a subsidiary owned by Metsä Fibre. Currently, Metsä Fibre is constructing a next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, which is the largest investment ever made in Finnish forest industry.
Metsä Fibre is part of the Finnish forest industry group, Metsä Group. Metsä Fibre is owned by its parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative, Metsä Board and Itochu Corporation.
Demand for pulp fibre and other wood-based bioproducts made from renewable raw materials and bioenergy based on renewable sources will rise in pace with the world’s population growth, urbanisation and affluence, and the accelerating transition from fossils to renewables. Driving a substantial share of the growth in demand is Asia, where Metsä Fibre delivers one quarter of its pulp. Metsä Fibre’s cost-efficient mills boast excellent environmental performance, and their competitiveness meets the challenges of the ever-stricter requirements set for production methods and products.
Metsä Fibre’s achievements in sustainable development
- All our mills have certified product safety management systems
- We have introduced an operating model for product quality management
- Approximately 10% of our net sales come from biochemicals and bioenergy
Product safety – Cleanliness of pulp is important
The product safety of pulp is important because our fibres are used to produce tissue and cooking paper and packaging materials for the food industry. Metsä Fibre’s primary fibre pulp is clean and suitable for use in products that come into contact with foodstuffs. Anything garmful to human health must not transfer to food, and coming into contact with packaging materials manufactured from our pulp must not alter the taste, odour or composition of foodstuffs. The ISO 22000 food safety system is used at Metsä Fibre’s pulp mills.
Cleanliness through self-regulation
At Metsä Fibre, self-management and self-monitoring, in addition to site tidiness, are used to prevent the entry of foreign objects and substances, such as plastic, glass, metal and solvents, to the end-product.
Site personnel are aware of the product safety concerns related to their own tasks, and their personal opportunities to influence and take responsibility for product quality. Self-management is based on the whole organisation being aware of the risks and knowing how to manage them.