The day began with a presentation of Metsä Tissue and the expansion and modernization of the Mariestad mill. The visit was hosted by Esa Paavolainen, Project Director for the expansion, and Stefan Montarius, VP Operations Sweden.

"It's really rewarding to meet tomorrow's engineers and tell them more about our future plans. With our Future Mill program, we are aiming for world-leading environmental and operational performance in tissue production. We are moving to a fossil-free future by using state-of-the-art solutions and technology", says Project Director Esa Paavolainen.

After the presentations, teachers from the university took the opportunity to have a lesson with the students before it was time for lunch and then departure to the mill in Mariestad for a tour.

"The fact that our students have the opportunity to meet engineers who talk about their jobs and tasks opens their perspective even more to the different contexts in which an engineer can contribute. We appreciate this visit and look forward to a continued cooperation with Metsä", says Christina Gabrielsson, program manager for the Bachelor of Engineering program in Mechanical Engineering at Karlstads University.

During the tour, the students saw how tissue paper production works in practice, asked questions and prepared for a group assignment to be completed at the university.

Stefan Montarius, VP Operations Sweden, welcomed the tangible commitment and stated that Metsä Tissue has an exciting offer for today's students. 

"I hope to meet some of the visitors from Karlstads University here again, as future employees. Metsä Tissue has an exciting and sustainable offer for both existing and new employees. We have already started hiring for some key positions, and when the upgraded mill in Mariestad is commissioned in the second half of 2025, we will have hired about 100 new people," says Stefan Montarius.

Esa Paavolainen, Vice President, Projects,

Stefan Montarius, VP Operations Sweden,