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ANDRITZ to supply innovative logyard cranes to Metsä Fibre



ANDRITZ to supply innovative logyard cranes to Metsä Fibre




Metsä Fibre

Estimated Cost:

EUR 1.5 billion



Metsa Fibre, part of Metsa Group, and ANDRITZ signed a preliminary agreement on wood raw material reception and feed equipment for the Kemi bioproduct mill. 


The delivery includes two automated overhead cranes, as well as their installation and commissioning. This type of fully autonomous, AI-based equipment is a new solution for the reception, storage and process feeding of wood raw material, even on a global scale. It also enables the minimisation of the area needed at the mill for storing wood raw material. The domestic rate of the delivery is 45% and the project is managed by ANDRITZ Oy Lahti center of excellence in Finland.

The electrical equipment and the systematic placement of functions will enable wood yard operations to be run on fossil-free fuel. One of Metsä Group’s strategic sustainability goals is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and the generation of fossil-based carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The Kemi bioproduct mill will contribute to achieving this goal.

The Kemi bioproduct mill project is progressing as planned in terms of equipment purchases, environmental permit process, financing negotiations and the logistics required for the new mill, among other aspects.

The decision concerning the EUR 1.5 billion investment in the bioproduct mill will be made in autumn 2020, at earliest.If implemented, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts. If implemented, the investment will secure the existing 250 jobs at the Kemi mill decades to come. Through its direct value chain, the bioproduct mill will employ around 2,500 people in Finland, which is 1,500 people more than the employment at the current pulp mill in Kemi.