Metsä Board food service board

Metsä Board's Husum mill breaking new barriers

​The new extrusion coating line at Metsä Board Husum mill will start up in the first half of 2017. With PE coating capacity of some 100,000 t/a, the new line enables Metsä Board to serve the global food service market even better.
1/2017 TEXT: TIMO NYKÄNEN AND METSÄ BOARD, IMAGES: PER ÅGREN AND METSÄ BOARD

As part of Metsä Board’s transformation from a paper company to a paperboard company, a new folding boxboard machine was taken into use at its Husum mill in Sweden in the beginning of the year 2016. The most modern of its kind in Europe, the new production line will be accompanied in the first half of 2017 by a PE (polyethylene) extrusion coating line, adding barrier properties to products where coating is required against, for instance, moisture and grease.

Stina Drotz Husum mill
Stina Drotz, Development engineer at Metsä Board

 

Employed in Metsä Board’s Husum mill since 2011, Stina Drotz has worked both as a development engineer and lab manager. She considers Metsä Board’s investment into the food service business as an extremely welcome and positive development for the customers and the Husum mill. Currently Drotz has been working as development engineer on the new extrusion coating line. She has been mainly involved with machine parts directly related to quality parameters, and has also dealt with product safety issues.

”Together with my colleagues, we have evaluated different polymers for the new extrusion coating machine. We have investigated which polymer to use and how to run the machine to achieve the best possible quality. I am responsible for training the new machine operators in quality and laboratory measurements,” Drotz says.

In her view, efficient production and the quality and consistency of products can best be ensured by solid routines, competence in processes, quality checks, and a clear understanding of the customer’s needs. She sees that the main strength of Husum mill as a base for Metsä Board’s new offering in extrusion coating is that the board is produced in the same integrated facility.  “The possibility to produce pulp, board and extruded board at the same mill enables efficient communication and collaboration with regards to product quality. Also, the fact that we have our own deep sea port for large vessels makes it easy to export our products globally.”

Metsä Board’s Husum mill started originally in 1919 as a pulp mill. The site has its own port, with one vessel departing weekly for North America, and its dock is equipped with an ice-breaker.

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