Stora Enso, a Swedish company which develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries, has started a feasibility study for building a new formed fiber plant in Hylte, Sweden. The company’s strategic aim is to grow with renewable packaging, and the investment would increase Stora Enso’s formed fiber capacity significantly.
The new plant would mainly produce PureFiber, a range of formed fiber products which does not contain polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). According to the LCA-study, these products have up to 75% lower CO2 footprint compared to alternative packaging materials such as plastics. Furthermore, the PureFiber products would have the potential to replace some 35 000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Mikael Krook, Vice President Sales and Commercialization for Formed Fiber at Stora Enso, commented:
The new plant would serve as a center of excellence to produce low-carbon packaging solutions. In addition to producing food service applications, such as lids, bowls and trays, we would offer more advanced solutions such as modified atmosphere packaging that helps extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
Implementation of the project will commence during the first part of 2023.