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Stora Enso consists of six divisions: Packaging Materials, Packaging Solutions, Biomaterials, Wood Products, Forest and Paper. Our customers include the packaging, joinery and construction industries as well as publishers, printing houses and paper merchants.

Packaging Materials

The Packaging Materials division is a global leader in the circular economy with our premium renewable and recyclable packaging materials based on both virgin and recycled fiber. Addressing the needs of today's eco-conscious consumers, we help customers replace fossil-based materials with low-carbon, renewable and recyclable alternatives for their food and drink, pharmaceutical or transport packaging. A wide selection of barrier coatings enables design optimisation for various demanding packaging end-uses.

Market growth: 9 Mt in 2014-2021 Position: #1 in LPB, FSB and CUK in the world or Europe. High quality SC fluting 1-3%, Kraftliner 2-3% excl. North America.

Strategy: Expansion of relative market share in profitable niches in consumer board business and growth on the fluting and kraftliner market.

Competition: In consumer board products, Stora Enso has a strong base in Europe and competes with companies like BillerudKorsnäs, Metsä Board and Iggesund. Outside of Europe, the main competitors are Klabin, Evergreen, Georgia-Pacific and International Paper. In containerboard products, the company competes mainly with Mondi, Prinzhorn, BillerudKorsnäs, SCA, SAICA, International Paper and WestRock.

Packaging Solutions

The Packaging Solutions division develops and sells premium fiber-based packaging products and services. Our high-end eco-friendly packaging products are used by leading brands across multiple market sectors, including store retail, e-commerce and industrials. The portfolio includes corrugated and other converting, design services, automation solutions, and scalable innovations such as formed fiber and circular solutions.

Market growth: Growth opportunities following the growing e-commerce sector as well as the trend to replace plastics with renewable materials.

Strategy: Selective profitable growth

Competition: The Packaging Solutions division is very strong in corrugated packaging in the regions it is active: the Nordics, Baltics, Poland and Russia. These markets are fragmented, with the main competitors being Smurfit Kappa and DS Smith.


The Biomaterials division meets the growing demand for the replacement of products made from fossil-based and hazardous materials with bio-based solutions. We use all fractions of biomass, like lignin and sugars, to develop new solutions. We work to replace fossil-based materials with new applications such as carbon for energy storage, bio-based binders, and bio-based carbon fiber. The division's offering includes a wide variety of pulp grades to meet the demands of paper, board, tissue, textile and hygiene product producers as well as materials from side streams of our processes, such as tall oil and turpentine from biomass.

Market growth: 2.4% or 1.5 Mt/year, fastest growth in textiles (+3%) and hygiene (3.6%) Position: Widest pulp grades portfolio, #1 in Europe in fluff Strategy: Strengthening current business and creating new profitable growth

Competition: Directly, the Biomaterials division competes with other pulpmakers like UPM, Metsä Fibre, Södra, Fibria (partner in Veracel), Eldorado, CMPC, Arauco (partner in Montes del Plata) and Suzano. In terms of potential new markets, the Biomaterials division will face competition from biotechnology and biochemical companies as well as the chemical industry.

Wood Products

The Wood Products division is the largest sawn wood producer in Europe and a leading provider of sustainable wood-based solutions for the construction industry. Our growing Building Solutions business offers building concepts to support low-carbon construction and eco-friendly designs. We develop digital tools to simplify the designing of building projects with wood. We also offer applications for windows, doors and for packaging industries, and our pellets provide a sustainable heating solution.

Market growth: Global sawn softwood 2-3%, European new construction 3.5% Position: #1 in Europe and #4 in the world in supplying wooden construction material

Strategy: Accelerating growth

Competition: With its stature and reach, Stora Enso is a significant global player in wood products. Competition is primarily on a local level for the Wood Products division, from manufacturers of construction and interior decoration materials to companies operating sawmills and working in the wood industry. 


The Forest division creates value with sustainable forest management, competitive wood supply and innovation, which are the foundation for Stora Enso's renewable offerings. The division manages Stora Enso's forest assets in Sweden and the 41% share of Tornator, the majority of whose forest assets are located in Finland. The division is also responsible for wood sourcing for Stora Enso's Nordic, Baltic and Russian operations and B2B customers. Stora Enso is one of the biggest private forest owners in the world.


Stora Enso is the second largest paper producer in Europe, with an established customer base and a wide product portfolio for print and office use. Customers benefit from Stora Enso's broad selection of paper products made from recycled and virgin fiber, our technical expertise and our sustainability know-how as well as our mill and customer service centre network.

Market: Declining Position: #2 in Europe

Strategy: Maximum cash generation

Competition: We compete with other major European and global papermakers, such as UPM, Sappi and Mondi, not just in the quality and range of our products, but with the efficiency and sustainability of our operations.

Financial performance

Sales and Operational EBIT presented per division


For more information about financials please read our Financials 2020, part of Stora Enso Annual Report 2020.

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