Metsa Board UK


Metsa Board is Europes leading manufacturer of folding boxboard, the worlds leading manufacturer of coated white-top kraftliners and a significant supplier of paper, which offers customers high-quality cartonboard and papers for consumer and retail packaging as well as graphics industry and office end uses. The company's sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, manufacturers of corrugated boards, printing houses, merchants and office suppliers. Metsa Board is part of Metsa Group and its shares are listed in NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. In 2011, the company's sales totalled approximately EUR 2.5 billion. The company has approximately 3,300 employees. Metsa Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products are part of peoples everyday life and promote sustainable well-being. Metsa Group produces high-quality products mainly from renewable Nordic wood. The Groups business areas are tissue and cooking papers, board and paper, pulp, wood products as well as wood supply. Metsa Groups sales totalled EUR 5.3 billion in 2011, and it employs approximately 12,500 people. The Group is present in some 30 countries.


In 1868, G.A. Serlachius founded a groundwood factory in Mantta in Central Finland. The paper mill was completed in 1881. Metsaliitto Cooperative was established as a wood exporting company in 1934. Metsa-Serla Oy was established as a result of the merger between Metsaliiton Teollisuus Oy industrial branch of Metsaliitto Cooperative and G.A. Serlachius Oy in 1986. At the time of the merger, the two companies pulp and paper assets were of similar size. Metsa-Botnia became a subsidiary of Metsa-Serla. The 1990s was a period of extensive growth. Metsa-Serla acquired Holmen Hygiene in 1989. The business operations of UK Paper Plc. were purchased at the end of 1998. The deal included the Sittingbourne and New Thames paper mills. The owner base of Metsa-Botnia widened with the acquisition of Kemi Oy 1990, Metsa-Botnia became again a subsidiary of Metsa-Serla in 1995. Acquisition of Kyro paperboard mill took place in 1995. Papierfabrik Biberist in Switzerland and Simpele paperboard and paper mill in Finland were acquired in 1997. Metsa-Botnia acquired Joutseno pulp mill 1997. Metsa Tissue acquired two German tissue mills in 1998 Halstrick and Strepp and a majority in a Polish mill ZPK in 2002. Metsa-Serla acquired Modo Paper in 2000 and Zanders Feinpapiere AG in 2001. Metsa-Serla changed its name to M-real Corporation in 2001. At the end of March 2002, M-real closed down the Silverdalen paper mill in Sweden.In August 2004, M-real became the sole owner of Kemiart Liners by acquiring a 74 percent ownership from UPM-Kymmene and 6 percent from Metsaliitto Cooperative. In December 2004, M-real sold the business operations of Savon Sellu mill. In October 2005, M-reals new BCTMP mill at Kaskinen was inaugurated by Finlands President Tarja Halonen.M-real sold the Pont Sainte Maxence speciality paper mill in France in June 2006.In January 2007, M-real closed Sittingbourne mill in the UK. In February, M-real closed the Gohrsmuhle mills paper machines 6 and 7 in Germany. In May, M-real sold the Tako carton plant in Finland. In June 2007, M-real sold its carton plant in Hungary. In July, M-real closed the Wifsta mill in Sweden and Tako mills board machine 2 in Finland. In October, M-reals sale of Map paper merchant to Antalis was concluded. In November 2007, Metsa-Botnias Uruguay pulp mill in Fray Bentos started up and M-real sold its carton plant in Belgium.In February 2008, BCTMP mill in Lielahti and PM2 at the Kangas mill, producing magazine paper, were decided to be shut down as a part of a new profit improvement and complexity reduction programme started in November 2007. In September 2008, M-real announced the sale of its Graphic Papers Business Area to the South African Sappi Limited for an enterprise value of EUR 750 million. This sale was closed on 31 December 2008

Client List

The companys customers include brand owners, carton printers, converters, publishers, printing houses, merchants and office suppliers.

Market Focus

Metsa Boards business areas are Consumer Packaging, Office Papers and Speciality Papers and the reporting structure includes also Market Pulp and Energy segment. Metsa Board supports its customers businesses by providing high-performance paperboards and quality papers for consumer packaging, communications and advertising end-uses. Together with its customers and partners, Metsa Board develops products and services for demanding end uses. The companys paperboard is mainly used for the packaging of beautycare and healthcare products, foods, cigarettes, and consumer durables as well as graphics. Paper is mainly used for office papers as well as wallcoverings and other speciality end uses.

Environmental Credentials

All Metsa Board packaging products are all produced from sustainably managed certified forests. All production units are ISO 14000 certified and hold valid Chain of Custody certificates. All products comply with EU directive 94/62/EU amended with directive 2004/12/EUtargeted to minimise packaging waste and prevent dangerous chemicals from entering to the environment.All products are tested suitable for both material recycling EN13430, for energy recovery EN13431 and compostability EN13432. LIGHTWEIGHTINGMetsa Board is the industry forerunner in developing lighter boards and papers with high visual properties. Our lightweight boards and papers consume less raw materials and non-renewable energy than competing alternatives with equal performance properties. The sparing use of raw materials and non-renewable fuels, coupled with the low transport weight of the products has a favourable influence on the carbon footprint of M-reals products. Lightness of weight is a great asset for board and paper. The combination of lightness and great visual properties is both economical and ecological.M-reals lightweight boards and papers are an example of how climate and other environmental impacts are taken into account in product development. The impact on the climate is measured, for example, through product-specific carbon footprint calculations.CLIMATE CHANGEMetsa Board is part of Metsa Group, which has defined the goals and measures to be taken to mitigate climate change in its Climate Programme. Fully committed to the programme, M-real continuously seeks to further decrease its CO2 emissions by improving its energy efficiency processing renewable wood raw material responsibly further increasing the use of wood-based fuels RENEWABLE RAW MATERIALThe wood Metsa Board uses is sourced from well-managed commercial forests and utilised efficiently.Sustainably managed forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Part of the carbon absorbed by growing trees is stored in wood-based products such as board and paper.WOOD BASED FUELSMetsa Board utilises its wood raw material efficiently. From the economic, environmental and social viewpoints it is best to convert wood first to wood-based products - board and paper. Once the products have served their purpose - which includes a few rounds of recycling as far as board and paper are concerned - they can be incinerated and their energy content utilised.Wood is also a major source of energy for the forest industry. Wood-based fuels, such as harvesting residues and bark, can be burnt to produce energy for the industry. Black liquor, a by-product of the pulp manufacturing process, is also a very important wood-based fuel, making modern pulp mills even over-sufficient in terms of energy. In 2008, wood-based fuels accounted for 76 of the energy consumed by Metsa Boards mills. Metsa Board aims to further increase the share of biofuels in its energy production.ENERGY EFFICIENCYMetsa Boards Energy Efficiency Optimisation EEO project, carried out during 2005-2007, reduced the companys yearly emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 100,000 tonnes. This figure is equivalent to the emissions from 15,000 mid-sized cars each driven 40,000 km/year. The next step will be the implementation of the Energy Efficiency System EES at all M-real mills as a part of their management systems by the end of 2009. Thanks to the continuous improvement of mill floor efficiency, M-reals CO2 emissions have decreased by 23 over the past ten years.ENVIRONMENTEnvironmental care is an integral part of corporate responsibility. M-reals environmental policy emphasises the responsible utilisation of production goods, the continual improvement of environmental performance, and open and transparent dialogue with our stakeholders.All Metsa Board production units have certified ISO 14001 environmental management systems and some mills are also EMAS certified. The units continually improve their environmental performance by setting environmental development targets and conducting improvement projects.EMMISIONS AND RESIDUALSDuring the past ten years, Metsa Board has experienced not only structural changes but also a noticeable fall in emissions in comparison with production. Total emissions per average tonne of production were reduced by about 40 per cent during the last ten years.Residuals can be minimised by using specific purification technologies inside the mills and by reusing these purified residuals in the production processes. Some residuals still go out from the processes. Today most of the remaining residuals can be reutilised as raw materials for various applications or for their energy content. During the past five years, Metsa Board mills have decreased the amount of landfill waste by about 80 and new methods for reutilising residuals are constantly being developed.ENERGYEnergy production at Metsa Board mills is based on renewable biofuels and fossil fuels. Roughly 60 of the on-site fuels used are biofuels. All fuel burning produces carbon dioxide CO2 but biofuels are considered to be CO2-neutral fuels. Natural gas is the main fossil fuel used at M-real power plantsPRODUCT DEVELOPMENTProduct development is an essential tool for improving sustainability. In Metsa Board, there are several examples of this. Some of Metsa Boards most important objectives in product development includeReduction of the products grammages without compromising the quality, thereby reducing the environmental impacts in all stages of the life cycle.Reduction of environmental impacts of the manufacturing stage by improving processes.Improvements in quality consistency, resulting in the reduction of environmental impact in the converting phase of our customers processes.PAPER PROFILESMetsa Board communicates its product-specific environmental data through Paper Profile declarations, which have been published since 2001 and are available for all of the companys paper and paperboard products. Paper Profile is a one page environmental product declaration developed by European paper manufacturers. Today, more than ten companies participate in the Paper Profile system, which uses a standard format for product declarations and commonly agreed calculation rules. Paper Profile declarations are issued for individual products and provide data on product composition and key environmental parameters e.g. COD, AOX, SO2, CO2, waste. The declarations also include environmental management and Chain-of-Custody systems adopted at the producing mills and information on wood procurement.In addition to using the commonly agreed Paper Profile declaration, Metsa Board has developed two supplements. One includes data about the producing mill, transports and how to handle the product after use. The other supplement, published since 2004, reports on the origin and certification of wood.The reported share of certified wood is the actual percentage of certified wood in the fibre raw material chain to the producing mill. By reporting these figures, Metsa Board is not guaranteeing that the products can be sold as certified to any scheme.RESPONSIBLE FORESTRYForests provide Metsa Board with its most important raw material - wood. In line with its Corporate responsibility policy, Metsa Board uses wood raw material from sustainably managed forests, where economic, social and environmental issues are balanced, and promotes reliable forest certification systems.Metsa Board knows the origin of all its wood and fibre raw material. Management of wood origin is one of the most powerful tools to ensure that the wood comes from legal sources.It is Metsa Boards policy to use wood only from well-managed commercial forests and not from protected areas.All of Metsa Boards wood and pulp suppliers use credible tracking systems.The origin of wood is reported in product-specific Paper Profile product declarations.FORESTRY CERTIFICATIO

Contact Details

Technical Support UK Ireland Matthew Terry Technical Manager Tel - + 44 077 400 27386. Sales and Customer Service UK Metsa Board Paperboard 5 Deane Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, WA15 7QD. Metsa Board UK Ltd Registered in England Number 502493 Registered Office Mayne House, Fenton Way, Southfields Business Park, Basildon, Essex, SS15 6RZ. Metsa Board UK Ltd represents Metsa Board Corporation Metsa Group Corporate Head Office Mailing address P.O. Box 20FI-02020 Metsa Finland Visiting address Revontulentie 602100 Espoo Finland Tel. +358 1046 11 switchboard Fax +358 1046 54355