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Are you interested in career opportunities at Metsä Group? If the answer is “yes”, then you are probably interested in reading first-hand accounts of what it is like to be a summer employee at Metsä! And summer 2016 is not that far away: applications for summer jobs open in December.
Northern wood can be called the best raw material in the world thanks to its quality, diversity and renewability. Our main raw material has other pluses too, such as the fact that in our wood supply area, the growing stock is renewed more quickly than it is harvested. In addition, we always know the origin of the wood we supply.
Metsä Group has been recognized for its transparency and high-level performance in the international Environmental Paper Company Index, arranged by the WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) since 2010. This year, Metsä Group improved its scoring in all three categories attended: pulp, paperboard and tissue papers.
Sustainability at Metsä Group
The selection criteria for the METSO Forest Biodiversity Programme are being updated. With reduced funding, it is increasingly challenging to achieve the goals of the programme. For this reason, the selection criteria for the sites will become stricter, with more regional variation.
Sustainability at Metsä Group From sustainable forests
The Äänekoski bioproduct mill is perhaps the best example of how Metsä Group is reacting to the growing importance of the bioeconomy, writes Niklas von Weymarn, VP Research at Metsä Fibre.
Bioproduct millMetsä Fibre
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group (FSG) has adopted a revised set of membership principles to affirm the group’s long-standing commitment to sustainable forest management. As a member of the FSG, Metsä Group also commits to producing and sourcing forest products that do not contribute to deforestation.
The bioeconomy needs raw material: sustainably managed wood. It is also important that the Finnish forest industry becomes known as a strong player in the bioeconomy within the EU, writes Riikka Joukio, SVP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group
The core of Metsä Group's bioproduct mill, under construction in Äänekoski, lies in the world's most efficient pulp mill, with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. Expanding this core with the production of numerous new bioproducts is a leading principle behind Metsä Group’s bioproduct concept. The development of the bioproduct concept has now advanced to the stage of the first implementation decisions.
Bioproduct millMetsä FibreECHO Online
According to the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), Metsä Group is Finland's fourth most important company in terms of value added, when both direct effects and the multiplier effects arising through purchases are included in the consideration. Major Finnish corporations have a significant impact on the total national production and financial growth, given that in 2015, the ten largest companies generated a total of 7.5 per cent of Finland’s GDP.
As part of its study, ETLA studied the impact of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill being constructed in Äänekoski in terms of revenue, value added and employment. The impact of the largest investment to date in the history of Finnish forest industry has significant repercussions in the economy during both the construction and the operation of the mill.
In June 2015, Metsä Group completed perhaps the first electronic wood purchase in the world. We offer effortless electronic services for the owner-members of our parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative.
“Metsä Group continues to be a leader in the development of electronic forest services. We provide our owner-members with the best tools for increasing their forest assets. We also make using services related to forest ownership as easy as possible,” says Juha Jumppanen, SVP, Member Services.
Metsä Group is using new tools to modernise its existing services for forest owners. Owner-members have participated in this development work in the planning and testing phases.
An application has now been introduced that Metsä Group’s owner-members can use to update their forest plot information by taking photos with their smartphones or tablets. “Trestima is part of a strong selection of services that we are building for our members. It’s a good addition to the electronic wood trade and forestry services that we introduced in June,” says Juha Jumppanen, SVP for Member Services at Metsä Group.
Leader in forest services
Metsä Forest has a total of 3,500–4,000 people working in forests and wood transportation during the busiest winter harvesting times. Our subcontractorsand their employees make up 97 per cent of these people. These partners are responsible for the quality of the job visible to forest owners and for the correctly cut, high-quality raw material delivered to industrial customers.
At Metsä Wood Vilppula sawmill, sawing has exceeded targets and production has been 20 per cent pine as planned. The sawmill has moved from the ramp-up phase that was part of the investment to the continuous improvement phase – the goal now is to continually improve efficiency.
Metsä Wood’s sawmills are run by personnel who also have expertise in maintenance. As well as being an important competitive factor for sawmills, expertise in multiple fields is part of Metsä Wood’s industrial efficiency strategy.
Asia and the United States are Metsä Wood’s most important strategic growth areas. Consequently, both sales and marketing efforts have been sharpened in these areas.
This is visible also in the results. China and South-East Asia are the regions where sales of Metsä Wood’s products have grown the most through new customers
The pipe of the Äänekoski bioproduct mill just reached its full height of 120 metres. This year has been spent constructing the mill. In 2016, the focus will be on installation, and start up is scheduled for 2017. Project Director Timo Merikallio highlights how revolutionary the plant is.
Working together with Technical Research Centre of Finland, Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has developed a method of calculating the waste water load of pulp mills. The Wastewater FOX enables real-time monitoring of the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of the waste water generated in the mill process.
Metsä Board's Husum mill is rapidly transforming into a paperboard mill. PM8 has already been converted into BM2, and production of linerboard has already begun. The mill will also get a completely new folding boxboard machine, BM1. After the Husum investments have been completed, Metsä Board’s annual paperboard capacity will increase to more than two million tonnes.
Metsä Board has started up a new folding boxboard production line at its Husum mill in Sweden. The company is aiming the 400,000 t/a volume of the production line at the Americas, as well as at food service end-uses such as cups, plates and trays globally.
Cooperation and learning from each other have played a key role in achieving excellent results in the energy efficiency improvement programme at Metsä Tissue. The energy team found and has made over 500 improvements in the daily work at the mills since 2006, almost equivalent in importance the benefits gained through technological investments, for example in heat recovery.From the 2006 level, Metsä Tissue has improved its energy efficiency by over 10% to date. In 2014, the company was nominated to the final of the International Energy Efficiency Awards arranged by DENA, the German Energy Agency.
Lambi stands for softness, and regardless of which shape it comes in, softness has been a vital part of Lambi’s DNA already for 50 years. That’s why we keep experimenting with fibres, layers and new materials that constantly take our products to new levels of softness and smoothness. Softness is what inspires us – it’s what’s sets us apart from other brands.
Building a new biopower plant in Metsä Tissue's Katrinefors mill area in Sweden has changed the energy usage not only of the mill, but of the entire town of Mariestad.