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Cover Story: Swedish Report: Leader of the pack


September 1, 2002
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Bjrn Hgglund, deputy CEO, StoraEnso:”Stora Enso is, by produced volume, the largest pulp and paper company in the world and, in Sweden, we have a total of 9 mills, corresponding to 21% of the produc…

Bjrn Hgglund, deputy CEO, StoraEnso:

“Stora Enso is, by produced volume, the largest pulp and paper company in the world and, in Sweden, we have a total of 9 mills, corresponding to 21% of the production capacity,” says Bjrn Hgglund.

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“The Skoghall mill with two board machines is of utmost world class with a brand new board machine. Even the newsprint mills, Kvarnsveden and Hylte, are top of the class worldwide both from a marketing point of view as well as production efficiency.

“Our fine paper mill, in Nymlla, is climbing up the ladder and is on its way to becoming an even better world player in A4 papers. The Grycksbo mill, our smallest at 200,000 tons, has had a heavy investment recently and is now specialized on coated G-print paper.

The two pulp mills, Norrsundet and Skutskr, are both fairly good on the European scale. Skutskr is the right size, has three lines and has been invested in quite substantially over the last years. Norrsundet has concentrated on long-fibre pulp with a lot of spruce.

Over time, we have restructured our business and the most significant divestment was Gruvn pulp and board mill which formed an essential part of the new Billerud. Our smallest Swedish mill, Mlndal, has recently been sold to Klippan.

“I would say”, concludes Mr. Hgglund, “that the restructuring has given added value to all parties. The outcome is positive for the buyer, the employees, the market and us. Both Gruvn and Mlndal — the mills, as well as the employees, now feel more at home and more in the centre in their new constellations, than before the change.”


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