Arup appointed as one of the design companies for Metsä Group’s planned new tissue paper mill in the UK

Metsä Group has selected Arup as one of its partners to design a planned new, state-of-the art tissue paper mill in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. With the planned investment Metsä Group’s tissue paper business aims to replace almost half of imported essential tissue products and bring locally produced, sustainable tissue products to the UK, increasing the country’s self-sufficiency in this sector by 30 %.
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Arup supported Metsä Group’s tissue paper business in identifying the proposed location - a 200-acre site in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire in the Humber region.

“Goole is the perfect location for this proposed investment. The Humber region provides a crucial gateway to the whole of the UK and the region’s ambitions to bring cutting-edge green technology and jobs to the UK matches our ambitions in clean, sustainable manufacturing”, Alan Jeffery, Technical Director, UK and Ireland, Metsä Group’s tissue paper business.

We are delighted that Metsä Group’s tissue paper business will reap the benefit of Arup’s local knowledge in delivering the planned new facility in Goole, Yorkshire. Working with a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy such as Metsä aligns well with Arup values and we’re excited to drive forward sustainable development in manufacturing together”, Andy Pennington, Director and Liverpool Office Leader, Arup.

Arup will provide Civil and Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Landscape Architecture services as part of the design team for the planned new facility. Arup’s multi-disciplinary design team supported Metsä’s search by undertaking site due diligence studies for the short-listed locations and testing Metsä’s preferred layout masterplan against the constraints of each site. Subject to planning and environmental permits and a final investment decision, the site will occupy an area of around 200 acres.

Read more about Arup’s work in advanced manufacturing here

Further information: Metsä Group’s tissue paper business, Alan Jeffery, Technical Director, UK and Ireland, tel. +44 (7921) 107391 and Joanna Linnermo, Communications Director, tel. +358 40 555 5868,

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 7 billion, and we have around 9,500 employees in around 30 countries. We promote a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by over 90,000 forest owners.

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Metsä Tissue 

Metsä Tissue creates a cleaner everyday life. We are one of the leading tissue paper suppliers in Europe to households and professionals and one of the leading greaseproof paper suppliers globally. 
Our brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin and SAGA. With production units in five countries, we employ around 2,450 people. In 2022, our sales totalled EUR 1.2 billion. Metsä Tissue is part of Metsä Group.

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