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Stora Enso (FI/SE) builds pilot plant in Ghent, Flanders

The Finnish-Swedish group Stora Enso is investing EUR 9 million in the construction of a pilot plant capable of producing bio-based plastics for transparent packaging. The facility will be built on the Stora Enso site in Langerbrugge, in the Ghent canal zone (Flanders). 

paper machine

Bioplastics market growth

This investment in bio-based chemistry furthers Stora Enso’s goal to replace fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable materials. “Interest in bio-based packaging materials is growing rapidly as companies look for sustainable, high-performing alternatives,” says Markus Mannström, executive vice president of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division. “As believe that innovation does not happen in isolation, we look forward to expanding our cooperation within the field of bio-based chemicals.” 

The Langerbrugge paper mill provides the space and infrastructure needed to host the facility. The design and engineering phases of the pilot facility have started, and construction will begin in the second half of 2020. The plant is estimated to be ready in the first quarter of 2021. 

One of Europe's largest paper mills

Langerbrugge, at the Port of Ghent, is home to the group’s showpiece, one of Europe’s largest paper mills. Stora Enso’s paper mill produces 540,000 metric tons of recycled newsprint and magazine paper every year.  

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19 December 2019

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