€5m investment into circular formed fiber product line

€5m investment into circular formed fiber product line

March 14, 2019
Marcia González

Fiber products designed for circularity

Swedish renewable materials company Stora Enso has committed €5m to construct a new production line and related infrastructure to produce formed fiber products at its Hylte Mill in southwest Sweden.

Formed fiber products are manufactured from various chemical pulps and chemi-thermomechanical  pulp (CTMP) by pressing it into a desired shape on a molding machine. The raw pulp is made from wood from FSC- and PEFC-certified, traceable sources in Sweden and Finland and will be converted at Hylte Mill. The initial annual capacity during the pilot stage will be approximately 50 million units of the product with the intention to expand.

“This investment is another step on our transformation journey to replace plastic and other fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable alternatives,” said Sohrab Kazemahvazi, vice present, head of Formed Fiber.

Potential products include single-use food packaging items such as plastic-free cups, bowls, clamshells, plates and coffee cup lids as well as non-food applications, responding to the needs of eco-conscious consumers looking for more environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic.

Meanwhile, Stora Enso has also confirmed it has become a signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment. “Stora Enso operates at the heart of the circular bioeconomy and we collaborate with customers and partners to create a sustainable future with less plastics,” said Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO. “We have, for example, developed a renewable, biodegradable drinking straw to replace the traditional plastic straw, and our moldable biocomposites help reduce the amount of plastic in products.”

The Global Commitment aims to create ‘a new normal’ for plastic packaging. Commitments and targets will be reviewed every 18 months and will become increasingly ambitious over the coming years. Businesses that sign the commitment will publish annual data on their progress to help drive momentum and ensure transparency.

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