Packaging giant Metsä Board opens new R&D centre


Research to focus on paperboard products, raw materials and printing technologies

M-real, the European producer of fresh forest fibre paperboard has changed its name to Metsä Board Corporation and established a new R&D centre in Finland. Its aim is to support the industry with R&D in product innovation; introduce applications of new raw materials from forest fibres; and study how its products can match rapidly-evolving printing technologies.

“We have relentlessly developed our paperboards, production processes and service to support customers in their business,” says ceo Mikko Helander. “At the same time, our work has achieved benefits in sustainability, for example, in the design of light but stiff boards and in production energy efficiency. Now we want to strengthen our R&D further and drive business forward based on new ideas, customer demand and feedback.”

The new R&D centre will be operative from February 2012 headed by a team of experts.

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