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Stora Enso increases its production capacity of formed fibers | Article

Stora EnsoFormed fiber products are currently used in food packaging such as bowls, trays and lids. The technology is also used for the development of fiber bottles. Once the investment is completed, the Hylte site’s annual formed fiber capacity will increase from 50 to approximately 115 million product units.

The fiber formed is described as renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and can be used to replace plastics in different applications. Stora Enso’s PureFiber™ is a range of formed fiber products that are free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and have a CO2 footprint up to 75% lower than alternative packaging materials such as plastic or bagasse.

“There is a strong demand in the market for environmentally friendly circular packaging solutions that replace plastic and other fossil-based materials. Our formed fiber offering can help brand owners achieve their sustainability goals, while meeting consumer demands for a cleaner future. With our investment and increased capacity, we are further improving our position in this growing market,” said Sohrab Kazemahvazi, Senior Vice President, Head of Formed Fiber at Stora Enso.

Shaped fiber products are made from various chemical pulps and chemo-thermomechanical pulps (CTMPs) by pressing them into a desired shape in a molding machine. The raw material is wood pulp from sustainable sources in Sweden and Finland. Stora Enso will manufacture the raw material at its plants in Sweden and Finland and perform the conversion at the Hylte site. Along with this investment, Stora Enso will recruit more than ten employees for the production of formed fibers in Sweden.