Global packaging leader Smurfit Kappa is investing in a series of upgrades to its flagship kraftliner mill in Piteå, Sweden.
The project will focus on increasing the sustainability and efficiency of both its cooking plant and recovery boiler. Other developments planned for the mill include the installation of high-spec purification filters and an advanced combustion system. The work will be carried out during a planned 15-day closure of the mill next month.
Speaking about the ambitious new project, Per Sward, CEO of the Piteå Paper Mill, said: “This latest investment is a very positive step for the mill. The upgraded cooking plant and recovery boiler will unlock pulp production and pulp quality and help us to become even more efficient, which will benefit both our people and the wider community.”
Laurent Sellier, COO of Smurfit Kappa Paper Europe, added: “This investment builds on our commitment to help create a sustainable future by building a profitable business based on responsible principles. Sustainable innovation plays a vital role in ensuring that the communities surrounding our sites are part of our long-term vision.”
The Piteå Paper Mill produces 700,000 tonnes of kraftliner annually which is the packaging material of choice for a growing number of brands seeking a sustainable alternative to plastic.
Smurfit Kappa occupies the No. 1 position for kraftliner production in Europe.