SCA to invest 350M Swedish kronor in PM No. 5 at its Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall, Sweden, to increase capacity, improve newsprint quality

SUNDSVALL, Sweden , September 1, 2011 (press release) – SCA is investing SEK 350 m in Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall. The investment will increase the mill’s capacity to produce improved newsprint qualities and strengthens SCA’s profile as a leader in the environmental field.

Ortviken’s PM5 paper machine is being rebuilt to produce higher quality paper and the capacity to produce high-bright pulp is being increased. Additional investments are being made in Ortviken’s wastewater treatment plant.

“We are making these investments to expand the flexibility of our product mix thus enabling ourselves to better meet customers’ requirements for products with higher levels of brightness,” says Kristina Enander, Mill Manager of SCA Ortviken.

Ortviken only utilises fresh wood fibre as raw material, which provides a stronger grade of paper with a higher level of brightness than recycled fibre.

“These investments enable us to enhance utilisation of our raw material,” says Kristina Enander. “Spruce pulpwood from North Central Sweden is the best raw material in the world for producing publication paper based on mechanical pulp. In addition, we can also draw greater benefit from the investments we have made in new technology for mechanical pulp production.”

The investments will also strengthen SCA’s profile as a leader in the environmental field. SCA was among the first to offer totally chlorine-free products and was one of the world’s first paper-manufacturers to offer substantial volumes of FSC certified publication paper. In later years, the use of renewable biomass for energy production has contributed to products from SCA Ortviken having a uniquely low carbon footprint.

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