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Nouryon to supply sodium chlorate to Metsä Fibre mill


June 21, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Nouryon, a specialty chemicals provider, has signed a 10-year agreement to supply sodium chlorate for Metsä Fibre’s new bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland.

Metsä Group is investing 1.6 billion euros to build the mill which, once operational, will produce 1.5 million tons of softwood and hardwood pulp each year.

As a key part of the partnership, Nouryon will invest in its Oulu production facility in Finland by expanding its production capacity and upgrading the facility to manufacture sodium chlorate with renewable energy.

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“At Metsä Fibre, we want to be sustainable in all our activities, every single day. To achieve this, we ensure that our products and supply chain comply with the highest sustainability standards, at every step, from forest to finished product,” says Jaakko Anttila, senior vice-president, pulp production, Metsä Fibre.

“Developing an extended partnership with Nouryon provides us with a responsible and sustainable procurement source of sodium chlorate. Nouryon’s sustainable production processes and its overall commitment to sustainability complies with our sustainability and responsibility principles and requirements.”

Johan Landfors, executive vice-president and president, technology solutions and Europe at Nouryon, says that the company plans to continue its expansion into the renewable fibres market in the future.