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Stora Enso Oyj Accelerates Formed Fiber Growth by Expanding Production Capacity in Europe

Stora Enso is investing 8 million euros to double its production capacity of formed fibers in Europe. With new machines in Hylte, Sweden, Stora Enso will meet the growing demand for shaped fibres. This investment further strengthens Stora Enso’s position as a leading supplier of renewable materials that replace fossil materials.

Stora Enso’s formed 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 complete, the Hylte site’s annual shaped fiber production capacity will increase from 50 to approximately 115 million product units, making Stora Enso one of Europe’s leading shaped fiber suppliers.

The fiber formed is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and can be used to replace plastics in a wide range of applications. PureFibre by Stora Enso is a range of formed fiber productsandThey are free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and have a carbon 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. Thanks to our investment and the increase in capacity, we are further improving our position in this growing market,” says Sohrab KazemahvaziSenior 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.

Stora Enso’s ambition is to offer 100% regenerative products and solutions by 2050. The Group is also committed to new 2030 targets for its key sustainability priorities: climate change, biodiversity and circularity. Stora Enso’s new climate target is aligned with the Paris Agreement and science-based targets.

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An integral part of the global bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading supplier of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials, wood construction and paper, and one of the largest private forest owners in the world. We believe that anything made from fossil materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has approximately 22,000 employees and our sales in 2021 amounted to €10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm AB (STE A, STE R). Also, the shares are traded in the United States as ADR (SEOAY).