In addition to a capacity increase of 20 000 tonnes, the investment also enables quality enhancements and cost-competitiveness in global markets.
"With the investment, we have anticipated the demands of our customers for their brands. The quality and capacity that we have now achieved will keep us on the cutting edge of the industry," says Marko Pekkola, Head of Operations Consumer Board.
"We're now able to produce more general packaging, like multipacks for yoghurt, as well as more liquid packaging board for the packaging of milk and juice, for example. The new production capacity goes to European and global markets," he continues.
The investment in the Tainionkoski unit was realised in two phases this year, one phase in June and the other in August/September during the mill's scheduled maintenance stoppage.
"Our customers are positive about this change, and we have worked in close cooperation with them. There were no breaks in our deliveries during the transition time," Pekkola says.
The investment required a fair amount of technical planning. The focus of the investment was on the coating part of the board machine and on modernising the winder and reel packaging section. An experienced user group of mill employees were part of the practical planning. Some occupational health and safety factors were improved with the investment as well.