Metsä Board’s modernised finishing line at Kyro mill starts up

The company also announces its progress with its fossil free target at its Kyro mill.

10 Nov 2021 | By Aultrin Vijay

The Kyro mill has a production capacity of 190,000 tonnes per year

The modernisation of the Metsä Board Kyro mill’s finishing area in Finland has now been completed and the finishing line with new advanced equipment has started up.

During the mill’s annual maintenance shutdown in October, a new reeler and winder were installed on the production line, and the reel broke handling system was significantly upgraded. The investment, announced in December 2019, was worth EUR 20 million. Metsä Board is part of Metsä Group.

Petri Huiko, mill manager at Metsä Board Kyro mill said, "The new high automation finishing line will further improve the quality consistency of the paperboard reels and increase the runnability on our customers' converting lines. In addition, the automation will improve upon the existing occupational safety level in the mill's finishing area and reduce the physical workload."

Meanwhile, Metsä Board is progressing with its fossil free target at its Kyro mill, which produces coated high-quality folding boxboard and innovative dispersion coated barrier board, which helps reduce plastic in consumer packaging. The mill has a production capacity of 1,90,000 tonnes per year.

The Hämeenkyrön Voima power plant, from which Metsä Board's Kyro mill buys energy, has replaced the peat it burns with renewable energy. In the future, the power plant aims to use wood-based fuels from Metsä Group's production and wood procurement by-products. By not burning peat, Metsä Board Kyro's share of fossil fuels in total fuel demand will be reduced from just over a quarter to about a tenth.

The phase-out of peat has required significant investments in power plant technology to control boiler corrosion damage and optimise running conditions. Previously approximately one fifth of the fuel used by the plant has been peat. Thanks to the investments, the energy and local district heat from the mill will be produced in a more environmentally friendly way.

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, targets to achieve fossil-free production and products by the end of 2030. Moving away from peat-based energy will help Metsä Board towards these goals.

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