Mondi 20.06.24

Mondi has announced the completion of its €125 million investment in its containerboard mill in Kuopio, Finland, in a move expected to increase production capacity by 55,000 tonnes per annum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of paper.

The company states that it will upgrade its wood yard, fibre line, evaporation plant, and paper machine producing ProVantage Powerflute, which is predominantly used in fresh fruit and vegetable trays and boxes. This is expected to enhance product quality, as well as improve environmental performance and resource and energy efficiency. 

Mondi Kuopio marked the announcement with an inauguration event attended by local politicians and partners.

Andrew King, CEO of Mondi Group, remarked: “We are delighted to celebrate the completion of this significant investment and the opportunity it gives us to continue providing high-quality, sustainable products to our customers. It also demonstrates our commitment to supporting economic growth in the region and securing the long-term viability of the Kuopio mill.”

Markus Gärtner, CEO of Mondi Corrugated Packaging, added: “Mondi’s purpose is to be sustainable by design, and investments like this support our MAP2030 sustainability commitments around circular-driven packaging and paper solutions, created by empowered people, taking action on climate. The local community will benefit from a modernized mill, including improvements in safety and environmental performance.” 

Earlier this year Mondi invested €200 million in its paper mill in Duino, Italy. Once fully operational, it will reportedly be capable of producing 420,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard for packaging solutions and will be Mondi’s widest recycled paper machine at 8.5 metres. 

More recently, the company combined fresh and recycled fibres in two new containerboard grades in an effort to balance environmental responsibility with strength, cost efficiency, and printability. The two-ply ProVantage SmartKraft Brown and White papers are said to be made entirely from responsibly sourced raw materials and are recyclable at end-of-life. 

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