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The board of BillerudKorsnäs has  made the decision to carry out the largest investment in the history of the company and one of the largest in Sweden in recent years — the investment in a new board machine at the Gruvön site. The decision has been made in view of growing demand for sustainable packaging solutions for food and beverages globally.
The investment of SEK 5.7 billion (approx. USD 622.25 million) includes the construction of a new board machine at the Gruvön production site and rebuilds in the existing pulp mill. The board machine will have an annual capacity of 550,000 tonnes of board, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The machine will produce liquid packaging board, cartonboard, food service board and liner.
The investment project will start immediately and production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019 which is almost three complete years from now.
“This is a historical decision for BillerudKorsnäs. The stable market growth in liquid packaging board and other cartonboards, together with our unique expertise in this area, mean that we are perfectly positioned to satisfy global demand. Access to renewable raw materials from sustainably managed forests in the Nordic region was a key factor when evaluating different alternatives,” says Per Lindberg, president and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.
Current paper production at Gruvön will gradually be transferred to other plants within the company during ramp up of the new board machine.  Gruvön’s production of high quality fluting will not be affected by the investment.
BillerudKorsnäs is a manufacturer of packaging papers, including: kraft and sack paper, liquid packaging board and cartonboard, containerboard (fluting and liner), and market pulp. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK.