Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated SCA’s pulp mill Östrand in Timrå. The expansion of the mill is one of Sweden’s largest industrial investments ever.
SCA has invested SEK 8 billion ($889 million) in expanding the mill and to double its capacity to 900,000 tonnes of bleached softwood kraft pulp, making Östrand the largest mill of its kind in the world. The investment enables SCA to be world class in terms of product quality and environmental performance.
“A lot of Sweden’s prosperity has been built by forests and the forest industry’s products”, said the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at the inauguration. “But the forest has not only shaoped Sweden’s history. It also provides the raw material of our future in the shape of green electricity and biofuels.”
The two biggest suppliers to the project have been Valmet who supplied the fibre line with a number of components, including the world’s largest softwood pulp digester, and Andritz who, among other projects, undertook a unique expansion of the recovery boiler. The project has been partly financed by the European Investment Bank.