Our Kemi pulp mill produces softwood and birch pulp as its main product, which is used as raw material for paperboard, paper products and tissue papers. Our softwood and birch pulp are made of both sawmill chips and Nordic pine, spruce and birch sourced from sustainably managed forests. The wood we use is traceable.
In addition to high-quality softwood and birch pulp, the Kemi pulp mill produces biochemicals used in industrial production, cleaning agents and the food industry to replace fossil-based raw materials. Our energy-efficient mill produces more bioenergy than we need. In addition to using renewable energy in our own production, we supply it as district heat to local communities and as electricity to the grid. The Kemi pulp mill is part of an integrated mill, which also includes Metsä Board’s paperboard mill, a producer of white top kraftliner.
The Kemi mill is an important employer in Lapland, both directly and indirectly. In addition to the mill’s own personnel, a total of some 500 professionals from partner companies also work in the mill area. We cooperate closely with local stakeholders, and annually support initiatives promoting the wellbeing of children and young people. We also offer summer jobs, traineeships and apprenticeship training, and participate in recruitment and other events in the region. Kiikeli, an accessible nature destination open to all, is less than a kilometre from the mill. We were involved in the project to develop the destination.
We have invested in the technology of the Kemi pulp mill and in performance development throughout the mill’s life-cycle. The mill is now nearing the end of its life-cycle, and in 2023, Metsä Fibre’s modern bioproduct mill will be started-up in the Kemi mill area. The new mill, currently under construction, will replace the present pulp mill. With a value of around EUR 1.85 billion, the bioproduct mill is the largest investment in the history of Finland’s forest industry. Featuring high environmental, energy and material efficiency, the bioproduct mill will run fully fossil free and produce various bioproducts in addition to pulp.