As of mid-May, Södra has produced 500,000 tonnes of dissolving pulp at its pulp mill in Mörrum, Sweden. Production started in December 2011 and has increased steadily since then, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
"Demand for dissolving pulp for textile purposes is increasing globally," says Magnus Björkman, Marketing and Sales Director at Södra Cell. "Demand is being driven by population growth and rising prosperity along with a shift toward textiles that offer a more sustainable alternative."
"Södra made the strategic decision in 2011 to invest in an additional strong fibre product through the production of dissolving pulp," says Annica Larsson Ahlstedt, Development Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum. "We have two production lines at Mörrum - one for dissolving pulp and one for paper pulp - which provides us with ample room to grow in the future."
Replacing synthetic, oil-based fibre with fibre from forest raw material can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas effect. Substantial environmental gains can also be achieved by using forest-based textile fibres instead of cotton.
Södra's dissolving pulp is entirely traceable to certified, sustainable forestry operations. But quality is also crucial.
Following the company's recent decision to invest an impressive SEK 1 billion ($120 million) in Södra Cell Mörrum, its production of dissolving pulp is expected to increase even further as of 2018.