Food packaging often requires barrier properties against, for example, moisture and grease. In order to provide our food service customers with a complete, highly efficient solution, we are entering the barrier product market with a PE (polyethylene) extrusion coating line, to be taken into use at our Husum integrated mill in the first half of 2017.
Although starting an extrusion coating line is a new step for us, we are building on a strong foundation. The paperboard remains the same – a product where our extensive know-how offers a clear competitive edge. We have access to a flow of consistently high-quality, strong Nordic fibre from Metsä Group’s own pulp mills. Our raw material is fully traceable to responsibly managed Northern European forests, and we place special emphasis on energy and water resource efficiency in all our operations.
With the new coating line, we are also able to enhance the efficiency of the supply chain and eliminate the need to transport the board to be coated in remote locations, making the product even more sustainable. The possibility to produce pulp, board and extrusion-coated board at the same integrated facility in Husum, with a great location next to the harbour, enables efficient communication and collaboration with regards to product quality.
Metsä Board’s goal is to become a major supplier in the food service segment. The focus and commitment of our teams, including a global network for sales and technical support, will help us reach this target. All in all, transferring the manufacturing of our food service boards to Husum means that we have been able to optimize the production of folding boxboards also at our Finnish mills. Our customers can thus expect improved availability for other products as well.Jarkko Tuominen
Vice president, Business Development
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