M-real upgrades linerboard mill

Posted: April 15, 2014 by
Linda Casey

M-real has rebuilt its M-real Kemi linerboard mill in Finland. The rebuild wil help the paperboard manufacturer make coated kraftliners with high printability for packaging and retail applications such as point-of-sale displays and retail-ready trays. The M-real kraftliner range includes products suitable for flexo, offset, inkjet and screen printing.

“Attractive packaging provides a significant competitive advantage in retail business. As a result, brand owners, as well as printers and converters, are carefully examining the linerboard they use for corrugated packaging. Quality of print results, combined with sustainability, are the major drivers on their route to success,” says Mika Joukio, senior vice president and head of M-real Consumer Packaging.

The rebuild was a major investment for the company that

  • costs $22 million (EUR 16 million)
  • includes an upgrade of the coating section at the mill, which was completed successfully, and on schedule, on October 6, 2011.
  • adds a second coating station and drying equipment, with Metso as the main supplier.