Stora Enso accelerates growth in formed fibre

2 February 2022

Stora Enso is investing €8m to double its production capacity of formed fibre in Europe. After the investment is completed, the site’s annual formed fibre capacity will grow from 50 to approximately 115 million units of product, making Stora Enso one of Europe’s leading suppliers of formed fibre.

Formed fibre products are manufactured from various chemical pulps and chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) by pressing it into a desired shape in a moulding machine. The raw material is pulp made from wood from sustainable sources in Sweden and Finland. Stora Enso will manufacture the raw material at its mills in Sweden and Finland and do the converting at Hylte site.

Along with the investment, Stora Enso will recruit more than 10 employees for formed fibre production in Sweden.

Stora Enso’s formed fibre products are currently being used in food packaging such as bowls, trays and lids. The technology is also being used for the development of fibre bottles. Formed fibre is renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable, and can be used to replace plastics in a wide range of applications.

PureFiber by Stora Enso is a range of formed fibre products that contain no per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and has up to 75% lower CO2 footprint compared to alternative packaging materials such as plastic or bagasse.

“There is a high demand in the market for eco-friendly, circular packaging solutions that replace plastic and other fossil-based materials,” said Sohrab Kazemahvazi, senior vice-president, head of formed fibre at Stora Enso. “Our formed fibre offering can help brand owners meet their sustainability targets, while responding to consumers’ demands for a cleaner future. Through our investment and the capacity increase we further improve our position in this growing market.”

Stora Enso’s ambition is to offer 100% regenerative products and solutions by 2050. The Group is also committing to new 2030 targets for its key sustainability priorities: climate change, biodiversity, and circularity.