A paper mill in Lapland will become a textile recycling plant | New

The conversion of the Kemi plant will create some 270 new jobs.

Stora Enso’s Veitsiluoto sawmills days before plant closure in September 2021 Image: Antti Ullakko/Yle

Stora Enso’s former Veitsiluoto factory in the town of Kemi in Finnish Lapland is set to get a new lease on life after the factory closes in 2021.

The textile waste treatment company Infinited Fiber has announced its intention to invest some 400 million euros in the conversion of the former paper mill into a textile fiber production plant.

The company’s recycled fiber technology converts cellulosic materials, such as used cotton clothing, into recycled fibers that are biodegradable and free of microplastics. Textiles made from recycled materials can be reused in the same way as cotton textile waste.

“Nothing new needs to be grown when we make the most of what is already in circulation. Our technology can transform discarded textiles, which would otherwise be landfilled or burned, into something truly valuable” , says the company’s website. (siirryt toiseen palveluun)bed.

Infinited Fiber’s customers include world famous fashion companies such as Adidas, Patagonia and Tommy Hilfiger.

“The Veitsiluoto region has many strengths to support future business, particularly due to its seaside location, existing infrastructure and skilled workforce,” said the company’s founder. Petri Alava said in a statement.

According to Infinited Fiber, the factory, which should be in full production by 2025, should create at least 270 new jobs in Veitsiluoto. The closure of the Veitsiluoto sawmill put some 670 jobs at risk.

Stora Enso will only lease part of the factory to the textile producer.

The paper, wood and packaging products company will also sell its district heating network Veitsiluoto to utility infrastructure company Nevel.

James T. Quintero