FINLAND (News release) -- Metsä Fibre is building the world's most modern sawmill in Rauma, Finland. The construction work began in May 2020, and the sawmill's foundation stone was laid on Thursday 25 March 2021. Due to the coronavirus situation, the foundation stone was laid by Harri Haapaniemi, Project Director, and Liisa-Maija Perävainio, Sawmill Director, without external participants.
"The sawmill's foundation stone has been laid, and both the engineering and construction have progressed according to plan. The roof and external walls of the sorting line are complete. Piping and plumbing work is underway as we speak, as are the floors. The installation of the wall elements and the construction of the roof at the sawline have also begun. At the debarking department, they're working on the foundations and the first drying plant structures are up. The construction work will be completed at the end of September, and most equipment and machinery installations will get underway in late summer. The sawmill's production will begin in the 3Q 2022," says Harri Haapaniemi, Project Director of the Rauma sawmill project.
Metsä Group is systematically developing its chemical and mechanical forest industry production units with a long-term approach. The sawmill under construction in Rauma will be a forerunner in terms of its efficiency and the technologies employed.
The value of Metsä Fibre's investment in the Rauma sawmill is around Euro 200 million, and the new unit will produce around 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber annually. The Rauma sawmill will employ around 100 people directly and some 500 people within its direct value chain.
Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is the world's leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.