Metsä Group is set to launch a significant investment program for the modernization of its Mänttä tissue paper mill. The company aims to extend the life cycle of the mill through these investments and improve its efficiency and environmental performance. The investment plans are part of the Future Factory strategy program, which seeks world-class efficiency and environmental performance in tissue paper production.
The planned investment program is worth approximately EUR 100 million, with the improvements expected to be implemented over the next five years. Metsä Tissue, a subsidiary of Metsä Group, will focus on developing the factory’s production and environmental efficiency by investing in modernizing paper machines and processing lines and improving energy and water efficiency. The goal is to ensure long-term continuity of efficient local tissue paper manufacturing in Mänttä while supporting Metsä Group’s aim of fossil-free products and production facilities by 2030.
The first phase of the investment program will involve a new hand towel line that will produce virgin fiber-based hand towel papers specifically for the Finnish market. Preparations for this investment are already underway, with an operational date of 2025 scheduled. Further announcements regarding additional investments will be made as necessary as plans progress.
Joonas Kukkonen, Vice President Supply Chain Forest Tissue Finland and Baltics at Metsä Group, stated that local tissue manufacturing means local jobs and improves society’s sustainability. This investment program represents a logical extension of ongoing Future Factory investments in Mariestad, Sweden, Great Britain, as well as other international factory network developments at Metsä Group. With these improvements, Metsä Tissue can now modernize its operations in Finland while creating jobs and promoting sustainability in local communities.