Stora Enso operates worldwide and focuses on utilising expertise in renewable materials and creating value in packaging, pulp, paper and wood. We combine global resources with local presence, service and sustainability.
Stora Enso’s head office is in Helsinki, Finland. Most of the group’s sales and operations take place in Europe, where we are a leading producer of packaging board and solutions, pulp, wooden products and paper. Stora Enso has three research centres, in Imatra (Finland), Karlstad (Sweden) and Mönchengladbach (Germany), and two innovation centres, in Stockholm and Helsinki. In Northern Europe, we source most of our main raw material – wood – from our own forests in Sweden, our forest associate Tornator and private forest owners.
The demand for Stora Enso’s products, especially consumer board, is growing fast in China. Our consumer board mill in Beihai, in the Guangxi region, serves the markets with virgin fiber-based board. In Guangxi our operations also include eucalyptus plantations. In addition, Stora Enso has four packaging plants in China. We divested our stake in the Dawang paper mill in 2019 and no longer have paper production in China.
In the United States, Stora Enso has a pilot facility in Danville, Virginia, to develop technologies for the conversion of biomass into highly refined sugars and lignin. In Raceland, Louisiana, there is a demonstration plant for the production of xylose. These new technologies will enable the development of sustainable replacements for fossil-based materials in various industries
Latin America is important for Stora Enso’s strategy of obtaining lowcost pulp from tree plantations. In Brazil, we own 50% of Veracel Celulose pulp mill, with Suzano. Our share of the eucalyptus pulp is mostly used in our paper and board mills. Veracel also owns land, around half of which is former pasture land planted with eucalyptus. The other half is dedicated to protecting local biodiversity by restoring the natural Atlantic rainforest. The Montes del Plata pulp mill in Uruguay is a joint operation between Stora Enso and Arauco. Stora Enso’s share is sold entirely as market pulp, mainly in Europe and Asia. Montes del Plata’s tree plantations are also utilised as pasture by local farmers through land rental schemes.