Metso, Stora Enso and Domtar have established a project to develop a future pulp mill biorefinery based on new pulping technology. The target is to develop a new concept with better energy efficiency and cost effectiveness of the process, lower initial capital investment costs, and reduced fiber usage while maintaining or even improving fiber properties from a paper and board quality point of view. The project will take several years.
Metso, Stora Enso and Domtar see promising opportunities for a breakthrough in sustainable chemical pulping technology, compared to current practices. The project is in line with strategic targets set by Finnish, Swedish and North American forest clusters for their research and development work: to renew the industry, to efficiently utilize bio raw materials, to protect the environment, and to improve cost efficiency.