The expandsion of the mill is one of Sweden’s largest industrial investments ever. More than 300 guests came to take part in the grand opening of the Östrand pulp mill. The guests were an international gathering of customers, suppliers to the project, the Swedish government, SCA’s shareholders and many others.

“When it comes to forests and forest products, Sweden is a world leader”, said Minister of Enterprise Ibrahim Baylanduring the inauguration ceremony. “The forest creates export income and leading technology for Sweden and jobs in Sundsvall, Timrå and the rest of rural Sweden. The renewable forest resource plays an important role as we build a sustainable society.”

The guests were given a guided tour of the expanded mill including a visit to the new control centre where all the operational functions are gathered in the most modern possible work environment, resembling an air traffic control centre. Virtually all processes in the mill are monitored and managed from this control centre.

SCA has invested eight billion SEK in expanding the mill and to double it’s capacity to 900.000 tonnes of bleached softwood kraft pulp, making Östrand the largest mill of its kind in the world. The investment enables SCA to be world class in terms of product quality and environmental performance.

“A lot of Sweden’s prosperity has been built by forests and the forest industry’s products”, said the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at the inauguration. “But the forest has not only shaoped Sweden’s history. It also provides the raw material of our future in the shape of green electricity and biofuels.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf used a sheet of pulp to break a ray of light and start a spectacular light show, marking the opening of the new pulp mill.

“To take part in a project like this, has been fantastic”, said Ingela Ekebro, the project director responsible for the three year investment project. “We have been able to complete the new mill on time and on budget. Above all, we have been able to carry out the project without serious accidents.”

The two biggest suppliers to the project have been Valmet who supplied the fibre line with a number of components, including the world’s largest softwood pulp digester, and Andritz who, among other projects, undertook a unique expansion of the recovery boiler. The project has been partly financed by the European Investment Bank.