Finnpulp is planning a new generation bioproduct mill

Finnpulp is planning to build a new generation bioproduct mill in Kuopio, Eastern Finland, which will be the world’s largest softwood pulp mill. The total amount of the investment is 1.6 billion euros. The basis for all Finnpulp operations is to become the most modern and efficient producer of softwood pulp in the world.

The Finnpulp mill will be the most efficient and ecologically sound pulp mill in the industry. The terms of the environmental permit are the tightest ever been set to production plants. Water emissions per each produced ton will be 40% lower than in other typical modern pulp mills in Finland.

In addition to pulp production, the modern technology will enable versatile bioproduct production. Thus, the mill is going to be a significant producer of biochemicals and bioelectricity. In full capacity use, the company’s production will equal 5 per cent of the world’s pulp market. Automated, efficient and carbon neutral production technology represents a new generation in the global pulp industry.

In its operations, Finnpulp utilizes the growing global demand for Finnish long-fibre softwood pulp. The demand is further increased by the growing demand for softwood pulp for hygiene products and packaging board production. Finnpulp’s location in Eastern Finland is optimal in terms of the availability of softwood used in the mill’s production. The mill will be surrounded by the most significant forest resources in Finland. Although demand of wood has increased, there are still room to increase fellings. Especially the need to intensify silvicultural thinnings is remarkable in Finnpulp’s wood procurement area.

In addition to domestic investors, also international industry operators will have a significant role in the completion of this major project. Finnpulp’s owner base is at the moment divided between domestic forest and industry expertise and China’s biggest tissue paper producer, Hengan International, which is listed in Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The owner base represents industry expertise and the world’s fastest growing softwood pulp markets.

In addition to pulp production, growth in other bio-based products

The pulp market will grow alongside with the global rise in living standards. Until the year 2025, the demand for tissue paper and packaging board produced from softwood pulp is expected to increase annually approximately 3–4% due to the economic development in Asia, Africa and South America. The decrease in the amount of recycled paper will impact the availability of recycled fibre and increase the demand for new softwood pulp. Finnpulp will serve this growth.

In addition to softwood pulp, Finnpulp will produce bioelectricity over 1 TWh per year to the national grid and a significant amount of various biochemicals, such as tall oil and turpentine. These products are important in terms of Finnpulp’s business operations. The company’s management has an extensive experience of bio-based production in the international markets and this will bring Finnpulp’s bio-based product business and networks up to world-class levels.

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Experience
and expertise

The new mill project represents the Finnish wood processing expertise and modern technology.

The best planning expertise in the industry has been involved in the project preparation. The mill will be the most efficient softwood pulp production facility in the world. The project will utilize the cumulative business competences in the Finnish pulp industry and the solid experience of the project management team from top positions in the forest cluster and chemical industry.

Softwood is a versatile material and it can be used for producing different processed products and bioelectricity.
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Located in the heart of
Finnish forest resources

Finland’s forest resources offer an excellent raw material base for this gigantic investment. Over 100 million cubic meters of wood grows in Finland every year while only 70–80 million cubic meters of it are being utilized. The new mill will use 6,7 million cubic meters of wood raw material per year.

Finland offers an ideal operating environment to this mill as Kuopio in Eastern Finland is located in the heart of Finnish softwood resources. In addition, the 100-hectare industrial site reserved for this project has excellent road and rail connections as well as connections to the national electricity grid.