The Kemi bioproduct mill reached roof height

Metsä Fibre press release 18.5.2022
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The topping out ceremony for the Kemi bioproduct mill of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, was held today, Wednesday, 18 May 2022. Topping out is a traditional ceremony at construction sites, organised when the roofs have been completed, and the buildings have reached their maximum height. Keynote speeches at the event were given by CEO Ismo Nousiainen, Project Director Jari-Pekka Johansson, Construction Manager Eelon Lappalainen and On-Site Contact Person Mika Vuoti. The Pohjan mieslaulajat choir also performed at the ceremony. Because of coronavirus precautions, the ceremony was held only for the site’s employees, without invited guests present. Several spots for celebrations had been set up around the site, and recordings of the keynote speeches and choir performance were relayed there throughout the event.

During the construction phase, the bioproduct mill’s employment effect is be approximately 10,000 person-years, more than half of which will be seen in Kemi. The total number of employees working during the construction phase is estimated to be about 15,000. The number of people currently working on-site on a daily basis is 1,700.

“We have been promoting the bioproduct mill project as planned, safely and with high quality standards. Today’s topping out ceremony is proof of this. We now have our eyes set on the mill’s safe start-up in the third quarter of 2023. The good cooperation enjoyed by all parties puts us in a good place to successfully complete this large project. The road forward looks good,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director.

See pictures from the event: (photos: Nina Susi). 

The Kemi bioproduct mill project of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, is progressing according to plan and on schedule. Currently, nearly all work stages related to the implementation of the new mill are represented at the construction site: earthworks, cast-in-place construction, the installation of concrete element building structures and concrete elements, and mechanical and electrical installations in various locations at the site. You can follow the progress of the bioproduct mill project on Metsä Group’s Kemi site and that of the product warehouse, under construction at the port of Ajos, through web camera livestreaming at

More information:

Jari-Pekka Johansson
Project Director
Metsä Fibre

Anna-Liisa Pennanen
Communications Manager
Metsä Fibre
tel. +358 50 574 8071

Metsä Group

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.  

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 6 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by nearly 100,000 forest owners.  

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Metsä Fibre


Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. We are the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp and a globally significant manufacturer of sawn timber. There is a growing demand for our high-quality products, as renewable wood provides a responsible alternative to fossil-based materials. 

In 2021 our sales totalled approximately EUR 2.6 billion, and we have around 1,400 employees. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.