Wood-based 3D packages

STARTING DATE: February 13, 2020

New solutions to replace single-use plastics are in high demand. The solutions sought for should be based on renewable raw materials, manufactured with minimal environmental footprint, and be recyclable. The new material should also be biodegradable, should it end up in nature. 

Together with Valmet, Metsä Spring has initiated a development project that aims, in its first phase, to find such a new solution. Our solution is based on renewable Nordic wood and especially on the wood component known as cellulose fibre. After a successful pre-study phase, Metsä Spring and Valmet decided to initiate a joint demonstration phase. In the context of this phase, a greenfield demo plant has been built in Äänekoski, Finland, next to an existing Metsä Group factory. The demo plant was started up in May 2022 and it is now used to further study and develop the novel manufacturing technology and subsequently, also study and develop the new Muoto™ packaging products. In parallel to the development work based on the demo plant, Metsä Group is also already planning a first commercial Muoto factory to be located in Rauma, Finland.

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