Metsä Group has started a planning process with the City of Äänekoski in Finland with the aim of expanding the production of mechanical wood products at the Äänekoski mill site in the future. The planning process is estimated to last until early 2022.
A detailed plan is being applied for as an industrial area for the Henttalanmäki area south of the existing mill site. The area currently has a general plan in force and it is mainly owned by Metsä Fibre, a part of Metsä Group.
“One of Metsä Group's strategic targets is to increase the output of products that store carbon for a long time such as sawn timber, LVL and plywood. With the plan change that is now being launched, we are preparing to expand the production of our mechanical wood products at the Äänekoski mill site. The synergy benefits of operating in a large mill integrate are significant related e.g. to the utilization of raw materials, logistics and energy,” says Ilkka Hämälä, President and CEO of Metsä Group.
Metsä Group is Finnish forest industry group that operates in international markets. Metsä Group produces renewable products from northern forests that replace the use of fossil raw materials.