Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski came into operation as planned on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 at 6:00 in the morning. The bioproduct mill is the largest wood processing plant in the Northern Hemisphere, which brings prosperity to the whole of Finland. The new mill is called a bioproduct mill since it is increasing the product portfolio with new bioproducts, generating excess bioenergy, and using no fossil fuels. The mill is utilising 100 per cent of its wood raw material as well as production side streams.
Bioproduct mill creates more than 2,500 jobs throughout the value chain in Finland, with 1,500 of them being new jobs. It is expected to have an annual impact of more than EUR 0.5 billion on Finland’s income. The annual increase in the value of exports is EUR 0.5 billion.
Bioproduct mill is helping Finland achieve its goals in terms of renewable energy. The mill is producing 2.4 times as much energy as it needs. The mill is increasing the share of renewable energy in Finland by more than two percentage points.
See on the video how Ismo Nousiainen, Deputy CEO of Metsä Fibre and Camilla Wikström, Bioproduct Mill Manager describe the next-generation bioproduct mill:
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