Stora Enso to globally exit dissolving pulp business for viscose production

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During last year, we reviewed Stora Enso’s strategic agenda and identified our focus areas going forward. We want to focus on and take leading market positions in the segments where we see potential for future growth, namely packaging, wooden construction and biomaterials innovation from lignin.

As a consequence of our strategic direction, we are in the process of exiting the segment of dissolving pulp for viscose production globally. This segment is not core for us and stands for only a small part of our overall business. Dissolving pulp is produced at Stora Enso’s Enocell mill, which currently produces both standard and dissolving pulp grades. Production at the Enocell mill will continue with other types of pulp grades than dissolving pulp and for other end uses than viscose.

As we always do, when taking business decisions, we have looked at the matter holistically considering strategy, sustainability and financials. Our strategic direction remains in line with what we communicated on the Capital Markets Day in November 2020 and exiting our dissolving pulp business for viscose production will not have material impact on our financial results. We are currently in a silent period and will come back to the topic in connection to our Q1 report on April 23.

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Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper. We employ some 23 000 people and have sales in more than 50 countries and our shares are listed on the Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R) stock exchanges.

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