October 2013
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Metsä Tissue Completes EUR 55 million Investment in Poland

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Metsä Tissue, part of Metsä Group, Finland, this past week inaugurated its renewed paper mill in Krapkowice, Poland. The EUR 55 million-plus investment program was started three years ago and is the largest in Metsä Tissue’s history. The investment includes two new state-of-the-art tissue paper machines, a new away-from-home product converting line, as well as extending the converting and warehousing to new, logistically effective facilities. The investment increases the mill’s tissue production capacity up to 85,000 metric tpy and converting capacity up to 50,000 metric tpy.

"The renewed Krapkowice mill is the most modern tissue facility in Europe. This investment is strategically important to Metsä Group as it strengthens our market position and competitiveness in the Polish tissue market. Today’s consumers want sustainably manufactured, high-quality hygiene products. Our Polish mill meets these expectations extremely well," said Kari Jordan, president and CEO, Metsä Group. 

"Metsä Tissue is seeking strong growth in Poland and nearby markets where the demand for new tissue products is increasing significantly. With this large scale investment, Metsä Tissue can enhance its productivity and energy efficiency in tissue production to a world-class level," said Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Tissue.

By utilizing the best available technology, Metsä Tissue has reduced the mill’s carbon dioxide emissions by 60%, NOx emissions by more than 50%, and has virtually eliminated SOx emissions. Due to the major improvements in water usage and treatment, the amount of wastewater has been reduced by 42%. 

The Krapkowice mill produces Metsä Tissue’s top brands—Lambi, Mola, and Katrin—for both consumer and away-from-home markets. The mill uses both virgin and recycled fiber. Metsä Tissue has applied for environmental labels, such as the EU Flower and the Nordic Eco-label, for all of the mill’s products. Metsä Tissue has been operating in Poland since 1997 and has some 250 employees.



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