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On 2–4 June 2022 the world’s leading forestry fair, Elmia Wood, will again be held south of Jönköping. Elmia is looking forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors from many parts of Europe to experience the event, which will focus on innovative and sustainable forestry methods for the future.

The location is once again the fantastic and versatile forest at Bratteborg south of Jönköping. Elmia Wood is a comprehensive fair and meeting place for forest owners, contractors, administrators and everyone else interested in the forest. Visitors can see the latest products, discover innovations and new knowledge, and create opportunities for new business deals.

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“We are facing complex challenges involving forest damage and bark beetles plus an increased need for felling, while at the same time many people are promoting standing timber as a carbon sink. One result is that many forest owners today are left wondering how they should manage their forests in the future,” explains Elmia’s Anders Roman.

“Recently there has been a strong debate over the value of the forest and how it should be managed and cared for, and we can clearly see that all the various forest stakeholders need a meeting place,” he adds. “That’s why we’re also hosting on-stage discussions and panel debates.” The topics will include the EU’s taxonomy, the climate, biodiversity and fossil-free forest management. A moderator and various guests will hold on-stage debates in front of an audience interested visitors.

“We’re working intensively with the fair right now and are really looking forward to hosting Elmia Wood 2022, which will bring the products and know-how together in one place,” Anders Roman concludes.

Tickets will go on sale shortly at the Elmia Wood website.

The hygiene and health company Essity is collaborating with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition of Action initiative to further strengthen responsible forest management, nurture high conservation value forests and increase the certification of forest operations in north-western Russia. Deforestation is a major topic at the ongoing climate summit COP26 in Glasgow, since deforestation and forest degradation affect climate change on a large scale.

2020 04 23 204445Essity is co-financing the project, which aims to provide trainings and workshops to forest managers and government officials to increase the uptake of sustainable forest management practices in north-western Russia, as well as engage communities and other local stakeholders in a landscape planning process. The project is a follow-up to an earlier successful collaboration in which FSC, together with Greenpeace Russia and the WWF Russia, worked with the Russian government to introduce formal protection of high conservation value forests in the Dvinsky region. These forests in north-western Russia are Europe’s largest intact forest landscapes with high nature values. In 2021, Essity is also collaborating with the members of The CGF’s Forest Positive Coalition in several other projects to strengthen forest management and prevent deforestation. This endeavor to strengthen regeneration and identify high conservation value forests in need of protection is in line with Essity’s commitment to promote biodiversity and that more forest operations are to be certified.

The Consumer Goods Forum is a global partnership organization for manufacturers and consumer goods retailers. In addition to the initiative to increase responsible forest operations, The CGF runs a range of different programs in sustainability, health and product safety. In conjunction with the ongoing COP26 in Glasgow, The CGF is holding a panel discussion on the industry’s transition to net zero emissions, which Essity intends to achieve by 2050. Magnus Groth, Essity’s President and CEO will be taking part in the discussion together with other business leaders and representatives from the United Nations. The discussions will focus on how fast-moving consumer goods companies and retail companies collaborate pre-competitively with industry peers and NGO stakeholders to achieve this interim goal and halve emissions by 2030 and be NetZero by 2050.

“We must increase collaboration if we are to achieve our own goals and contribute to our joint targets for greater sustainability. An exchange of knowledge and experiences will strengthen our ambitions and ability to reach targets in the short and long term,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of Essity.

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company. We are dedicated to improving well-being through our products and services. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other strong brands, such as JOBST, Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 46,000 employees. Net sales in 2020 amounted to approximately SEK 122bn (EUR 11.6bn). The company’s headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and Essity is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity breaks barriers to well-being and contributes to a healthy, sustainable and circular society. More information at www.essity.com.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 10:19

Launch of Combilift’s new XLE model

Irish materials handling specialist Combilift has officially launched its latest product, the Combi-XLE, as a further addition to its impressive range of electric models. In line with the growing demand for electric powered equipment, this multidirectional forklift with up to 5-ton lift capacity, combines emission-free operation with powerful performance for a wide range of industries and applications.

The original engine powered XL C-Series model was developed to address the requirements of tough working environments such as those in the timber, concrete and steel sectors. The new Combi-XLE incorporates the same key design features as its earlier counterpart such as high ground clearance, large cushioned front and rear tyres and a spacious cab, allowing smooth operation on semi rough terrain whilst offering a high level of driver comfort.

With sustainability ever higher on the agenda, Combilift further helps its customers achieve their environmental goals with its versatile “3 forklifts in 1” models, which work inside and out, reducing fleet size and thereby their carbon footprint. A hallmark of all Combilift products is the ability to increase storage capacity without expanding the size of a facility, resulting in lower energy usage and associated costs such as heating, lighting and maintenance, which is of significant benefit to the environment and the workforce. Noise pollution and carbon emissions, which can impact on the health and well-being of people as well as wildlife, is also no longer an issue thanks to electric power. Drivers, employees and visitors on site appreciate the quiet operation, as do neighbouring residents and businesses, particularly in urban areas.

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The Combi-XLE incorporates up-to-the-minute technology such as the patented all-wheel traction that reduces tyre wear, load swing and enhances braking. Also included is a newly developed, patented Eco-Steer System which provides a smaller turning radius and improved user experience. Since Electric powered trucks do not have traditional combustion engines, or hydraulic transmissions, there is no longer any need to check and top up engine fluids / lubricants, resulting in longer intervals between services, ultimately saving costs. The use of toughened, eco-friendly water-based paint also dramatically reduces the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) during build.

“The technology we have incorporated into the Combi-XLE means that its performance is equally on a par with diesel or LPG powered forklifts when it comes to handling very bulky and heavy loads, whilst of course offering a greener operation,” said Combilift CEO and Co-Founder Martin McVicar. “We made our first electric C-Series over 18yrs ago, and now over 60% of the trucks we manufacture are electric, with availability in almost all models across our range. As more and more of our customers are opting for electric power it is obvious that they are as committed to sustainability and a circular economy as we are.”

At Combilift’s own manufacturing facility, features such as daylighting technology - LED lights with individual PIR sensors, solar panel energy and rainwater harvesting are all aimed at conserving natural resources and decreasing energy consumption. 92% of all components used in the truck assembly are 100% recyclable and the company is also on track to save over 473 tons of CO2 by using carbon neutral wood chip instead of gas for heating within the factory.

Forests play a key role in reducing the effects of climate change. The requirements for monitoring carbon balance are growing constantly and the monitoring methods have developed fast. Forest Carbon Monitoring (FCM) is a project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of FInland and financed by the European Space Agency ESA, aiming to create a new forest carbon service for forest operators’ needs.

The obligations for reporting forest carbon balance have increased significantly. Companies report their carbon balances for verification of forest certificates and try to respond to consumers’ growing expectations. Administrative organizations must report carbon balances of their countries or parts of them to meet the requirements of international agreements, for example. The new forest carbon service will help different forest operators by making suitable monitoring methods available for them.

New methods and satellites help to monitor forest carbon. Forest areas can now be imaged with increasing frequency and spatial resolution: the resolution for images taken every few days is now commonly 10-20 meters, while 10 years ago it was up to a kilometer. As the resolution and frequency grow, so does the amount of data. This has required development of new cloud services for managing the data and images.

vtt logo 2021Forest carbon service brings new methods within reach of forest operators

FCM project brings together the new technology and the forest operators’ evolving needs.

“The project starts with a user interview period. The aim is to find out what kind of data the users need to fulfill their forest carbon monitoring and reporting requirements. Based on this information we will build a service that includes a variety of monitoring methods to serve different user groups. The service will help different types of users from companies operating in limited areas to national administrative agencies and international organizations. Within the project, we will be using service design methods to help bring the user needs to life and help the project partners co-create the best possible solution ideas together. The demonstration will include seven target areas in Europe and one in Peru, ranging from local case studies to European wide mapping”, describes Senior Scientist Jukka Miettinen from VTT.

The forest carbon service will provide the forest operators with reliable data that fits their needs. It utilizes data provided by forest operators, satellite imagery and other data sources. When a user orders data, the service provider chooses optimal monitoring method, produces the outputs, and sends them back to the user.

“The outputs consist of traditional forest variables, such as species distribution, age or height of the trees, or forest area. This information enables modelling forest biomass and carbon and, in future, forecasting their development”, Miettinen says.

Based on VTT’s long-term work on forest monitoring

VTT has strong expertise on big data processing, remote sensing and monitoring natural resources. Know-how in forest monitoring has been built up during years in various projects financed by EU and ESA, and FCM continues this tradition. It utilizes services developed in the EU Forest Flux project and technical solutions built in Forest Digital Twin. Forest carbon service will be built on VTT’s Forest Thematic Exploitation Platform, which is already widely used. A service ecosystem where different service providers can offer their computing and analysis services for the forest industry and operators will be built around the forest carbon service.

“VTT participates in most of the components and coordinates the entire project. The aim of all this work is to help forest operators and politicians in decisions related to forests”, Miettinen concludes.

More information about the project:

The Forest Carbon Monitoring (FCM) project started in July 2021 and will last for two years.  VTT coordinates the project, which is carried out by a consortium with eight partners. The consortium brings together world’s leading expertise in forest stakeholder interaction, forest biomass mapping, carbon monitoring and modelling. In addition to VTT, the consortium includes AFRY, European Forest Institute, Gamma RS, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Satellio (Terramonitor), Simosol and the University of Helsinki. The project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the budget is 1.7 M€.

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time, and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have almost 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious

www.vttresearch.com

Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) has just released its 2020 Sustainability Report, which highlights actions the Company is taking to enhance the long-term well-being of its investors, employees, communities, and other stakeholders. This report illustrates Rayonier’s commitment to transparency around Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors and how they are incorporated into its strategic and operational decision-making.

“We view our Sustainability Report as a written declaration of the values that are the foundation of our ESG practices, strategies, and goals,” said David Nunes, President and CEO. “While the publication of this report is a key milestone, there is still much work to be done as we introduce new ESG initiatives and continue our relentless focus on improving the transparency of our disclosures.”

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Concurrent with the release of its 2020 Sustainability Report, the Company is also releasing its latest Carbon Report. This report is unique and comprehensive in quantifying the carbon impacts across the Company’s value chain. In 2020, Rayonier’s timberland assets sequestered an estimated 14.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents from the atmosphere versus corporate emissions of roughly 380,000 metric tons of CO2. At year-end 2020, the Company’s timberland assets stored an estimated 757 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents in total.

“Over the past few years, we have observed many large global corporations announce commitments to achieve carbon neutrality. Many of the goals that have been unveiled are both admirable and ambitious, and we believe our industry is well-positioned to be part of the solution. Rayonier’s forestry assets provide a natural climate change solution—our trees remove carbon from the atmosphere during their growth cycle, and after harvesting, a significant portion of this carbon remains stored for an extended period of time within downstream wood products. We are proud of the unique role that our timberlands play in protecting the planet and look forward to capitalizing on innovative strategies to drive positive climate impacts,” stated Nunes.

The 2020 Sustainability Report, as well as the updated Carbon Report, can be found on the Company’s Sustainability web page.

About Rayonier 

Rayonier is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. As of June 30, 2021, Rayonier owned or leased under long-term agreements approximately 2.7 million acres of timberlands located in the U.S. South (1.74 million acres), U.S. Pacific Northwest (499,000 acres) and New Zealand (419,000 acres). The Company also acts as the managing member in a private equity timber fund business with one fund comprising approximately 31,000 acres. On a “look-through basis”, the Company’s ownership in the fund equates to approximately 6,000 acres. More information is available at www.rayonier.com.

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring Ltd has made an equity investment in Innomost Ltd, a startup converting forest industry side streams into high-value bioactive products. The financing round totals approximately EUR 5 million, consisting of private investments and public financing from Business Finland and  ELY Centre for Central Finland. Metsä Spring is participating in the round with Innovestor Technology Fund and other private investors.

Innomost intends to produce valuable ingredients for the cosmetics and personal care industry, as well as for other industrial applications. Metsä Group has several mills, which may provide birch bark for the production. The company’s present product portfolio includes betulin, suberin, birch charcoal powder and birch bark powder. These ingredients can be used in different cosmetic product categories, including skincare, hair care, body care, decorative cosmetics and oral care. Especially betulin and suberin have also other potential industrial uses. The Finnish skincare brand Lumene has launched a couple of cleansing products with Innomost ingredients.

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“We are excited to support Innomost on its path to commercial success. The link to Metsä Group’s business ecosystem is strong, because our industrial side stream, birch bark, is used as the raw material in making the Innomost products. Resource-wise use of wood has always been in the focus of Metsä Group’s development activities. By collaborating with startups, such as Innomost, circular economy can be taken to a new level,” says Erik Kolehmainen, VP, Corporate Venturing at Metsä Spring and new Board member of Innomost.

“It is our privilege to work with a great forest industry company like Metsä Group. The partnership affects us dramatically in a positive way. We have now a solid partner that gives us reliability and supports our long term plans. Additionally, we have secured our raw material supply with Metsä Group. There is no limit, only our imagination, what we can do together from these side streams. I am looking forward to collaborating and introducing our sustainable products to customers”, says Sami Selkälä, CEO at Innomost.

Metsä Spring was established in May 2018 with the aim of strengthening Metsä Group’s business ecosystem in the long run. Innomost is the sixth project in Metsä Spring’s portfolio. Other projects include equity investments in startups Woodio Ltd and Montinutra Ltd, the ExpandFibre collaboration with Fortum, as well as the in-house projects developing textile fibres and 3D packaging products from wood pulp.

Metsä Spring
www.metsaspring.com

Innovation company Metsä Spring invests expertise and financial resources into initiatives with the ambition to reshape the forest-based bioeconomy, aiming to increase the value for Metsä Group’s stakeholders in the long-term.

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and we have around 9,200 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by 100,000 forest owners. 

Innomost 
www.innomost.com
Innomost is a Finnish start-up founded in 2016 that develops and produces high quality and renewable cosmetic ingredients from wooden side streams. Our valuable bio-based products are suitable for a wide range of sustainable chemical industry innovations.

AFRY has acquired MosaicMill Oy, a leading, Finland-based company that applies drone and satellite image data for forest inventory services. Through this acquisition, AFRY takes a significant step to become the global leader in Smart Forestry digital services and solutions.

”We warmly welcome MosaicMill as part of AFRY. Their competence and technology for accurate inventory data will play a key role as we develop our full offering of Smart Forestry digital services and solutions for the global market,” says Saara Söderberg, VP of Bioindustry Management Consulting, AFRY.

2021 06 02 111236MosaicMill’s technology enables forestry planning without traditional field work. With digitally collected, accurate data, owners can make well-informed and timely decisions for sustainable forest asset management.

“MosaicMill has developed drone based tree-wise inventory method since 2017. The solution enables fully digital work flow and forms a good basis for precision forestry applications,” said Ismo Hippi, Managing Director of MosaicMill. "We are excited to join forces with AFRY to continue to grow the business and expand AFRY Smart Forestry service offering.”

Today AFRY has also announced the acquisition of Simosol Oy, a Finland-based forestry technology company specialising in advanced simulation and optimisation for forestry. AFRY’s new, unique and exciting combined portfolio of technologies will create basis for precision forestry, by combining accurate tree-level inventory to other data sources and using proven simulation and optimization platform.

Together with MosaicMill and Simosol’s competence and technologies, AFRY can provide clients with a global Smart Forestry centre of excellence and be the forerunner for unique digital solutions and services for sustainable forest management.

”With high-quality inventory data and a world-class simulation and optimisation platform, AFRY will be able to serve major players in the market and integrate with forest management systems of all kinds, whilst strengthening our own offering for the whole forest management value chain,” continues Saara Söderberg.​

MosaicMill’s net sales in 2020 were SEK 4 million. The company will be consolidated into AFRY from June 2021.

AFRY is a European leader in engineering, design, and advisory services, with a global reach. We accelerate the transition towards a sustainable society.

We are 16,000 devoted experts in infrastructure, industry, energy and digitalisation, creating sustainable solutions for generations to come.

Making Future

The opening of Gasum’s biogas plant in Lohja took place virtually today, June 2, 2021. The new plant was opened by Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. The plant uses biodegradable waste from the Helsinki region to produce renewable biogas and organic recycled fertilizer suitable for organic farming. Demand for renewable biogas is constantly growing and with it the need for organic waste suitable for use as a biogas feedstock.

The energy company Gasum’s newest biogas plant is in Munkkaa, Lohja and was officially opened virtually on June 2, 2021 by Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. The Lohja biogas plant will process around 60,000 tonnes of biomass each year and produce 40 GWh of biogas, a renewable transport fuel. The amount is equivalent to the annual consumption of 4,000 cars.

“There is a constantly growing demand for biogas, which is, for example, currently by far the best way for heavy-duty transport to reduce emissions. Growing demand for biogas also means a need for continuously more biogas feedstock, or organic waste. The Lohja biogas plant offers companies in the Helsinki region a chance to become part of the circular economy and a cleaner future by recycling their biowaste into fully renewable biogas,” says Johan Grön, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum.

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Use of biogas as a fuel can help to reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 90%. In addition, vehicles running on biogas produce no nitrogen and sulfur oxide emissions typical of transport.

Biogas production capacity taken into account in the Government Programme

The importance of biogas in reducing transport emissions is well recognized in Finland. The national Roadmap for fossil-free transport lists a number of measures that can be used to support gas transport in the coming years. In addition, a national biogas programme for Finland has been included in the Government Programme. Implementation of the national biogas programme seeks to make more efficient use of biogas production potential going forward.

”It’s a pleasure to open the Lohja biogas plant. The promotion of biogas in particular supports the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. Promoting the circular economy and sustainability are at the core of the Government Programme. The increase in biogas production will mean increased availability of recycled nutrient-based fertilizer products. The most important role of agriculture is to produce good, nutritious food,” said Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

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As a by-product of biogas, the plant produces organic recycled fertilizers, which are particularly suitable for organic farming. There is a need for recycled fertilizers in farming in the Helsinki region, where there is a lot of organically farmed arable land. The advantage of recycled fertilizers over fossil fertilizers is the organic matter they contain, which has a positive effect on soil health and weather resistance in the fields.

Gasum now has a total of 17 biogas plants in Finland and Sweden and is one of the largest biogas producers in the Nordic countries. Earlier this spring, Gasum opened the Nymölla plant in Sweden. Located next to Stora Enso’s pulp mill, the Nymölla plant uses process water from the mill as a feedstock and can produce 80 GWh of liquefied biogas.

Gasum is accelerating the availability of biogas by building new plants and by increasing the procurement of biogas from the production plants of other operators. Gasum is currently building an industrial-scale (120 GWh/year) manure-based biogas plant in Götene, Sweden. The plant is scheduled for completion in early 2023.

For more information, please contact:
Johan Grön, Vice President, Biogas, Gasum
phone +358 40 546 4186, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas production, Gasum
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Metsä Group and forest owners planted 270 million seedlings in Finnish forests between 2010 and 2020. This summer, the figure will increase by more than 35 million seedlings. Metsä Group supplies forest owners with native tree species that occur naturally in Finland.

Under the Finnish Forest Act, a new forest must always be established after felling. This can be done through natural regeneration, or by sowing seeds or planting seedlings. Planting is the fastest and surest way to create a new forest. To secure biodiversity, individual trees from the previous generation are always left in the forest.

“We supply forest owners with species that occur naturally in Finland – pine, spruce and silver birch – for use in forest regeneration. This helps preserve forest nature in the state to which our native species have adapted,” says Teppo Oijala, Metsä Group’s Forest Manager.

In the decade between 2010 and 2020, Metsä Group supplied forest owners with a total of 270 million seedlings and 9,000 kilograms of pine seeds.

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More than a billion pine seeds

“Nine thousand kilograms contains more than a billion seeds, which have grown into hundreds of millions of seedlings. After seedling stand management, around 60 million of these ultimately grow into pine trees in our forests,” Oijala estimates.

This year, forest owners have acquired more than 35 million seedlings and one thousand kilograms of pine seeds through us. Forest owners themselves plant around half the seedlings they acquire through Metsä Group, and the rest are planted by Metsä Group’s contract entrepreneurs.

Breeding improves growth and quality

“We always supply seedlings of the highest quality possible,” Oijala says.

“The use of bred seed materials increases the growth of trees by 10–30% compared to that of naturally generated trees. Breeding has also improved the quality of pine in particular, resulting in straighter and more slender branches. Sawn timber made of trees like this is also of higher quality. Moreover, the bred seeds originate in our natural forests, too.”

Spruce and pine are the most popular forest species for regeneration purposes. They produce the greatest volume of logs, and therefore generate the greatest economic value for forest owners. In addition, pine and spruce are the natural species in the final stage of succession in Finnish forests: pine in poor and spruce in fertile areas.

In fertile areas, silver birch is also a good option. Domesticated silver birch grows very quickly and is particularly well suited to areas suffering from root rot.

Preference for mixed forests

“Metsä Group offers mixed cultivation of pine and spruce as an option for regeneration. This means sowing or planting pine amid spruce seedlings. This is an especially good option in areas suffering from elk damage and in stands with varying fertility,” Oijala explains.

Depending on the tree species and the forest owner’s goals, the number of seedlings planted per hectare ranges from 1,600 to 2,200. In addition, tens of thousands of birch and other seedlings come up naturally in a new forest.

The development of a diverse and resilient mixed forest can be secured through active forest management, and at later stages, with felling that supports the growth and range of tree species. In connection with seedling management and thinning, a suitable mixture of conifer and deciduous trees is left in the forest.

Aiming for brisk regeneration

Metsä Group aims to secure rapid regeneration after felling. The goal is not to miss a single growing season. This offers many benefits.

“It helps seedlings reach good growth before the emergence of grass and bushes that hamper growth. The sooner we have a vigorous new seedling stand in place, the faster and better the new growing stock can sequester carbon from the atmosphere.”

Krista Kimmo, Communications Manager, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50 526 4911

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers.

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and we have around 9,200 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by 100,000 forest owners. 

Metsä Group’s Wood Supply and Forest Services  
www.metsaforest.com

Metsä Group’s Wood Supply and Forest Services provides and develops the services offered to the members of Metsä Group's parent company, Metsäliitto. The cooperative consists of approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners who together own about half of Finland’s private forests. We provide all the forest services required to engage in sustainable forest management and raise the value of forest assets.

We procure all the wood used by Metsä Group from sustainably managed forests in the Baltic Sea region, most of it from our owner-members in Finland. We also supply significant volumes of energy wood, bark and sawdust for further processing.

In 2020, our sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and we have around 840 employees.

Södra has received a credit rating of BBB from credit rating agency Nordic Credit Rating (NCR). The rating is a confirmation of financial stability and promotes long-term value generation for Södra’s 53,000 members.

The aim of Södra’s Group strategy is to create profitable and sustainable growth in an ever-changing world. Long-term financial stability is key to achieving this goal. The credit rating agency Nordic Credit Rating (NCR) has now assigned Södra an official credit rating of BBB, the equivalent of ‘investment grade rating.’ The rating is confirmation of Södra’s long-term financial stability and creates opportunities for improved financing terms.

sodra logo“An official credit rating is positive for Södra and our 53,000 members. It adds momentum to our efforts to obtain improved external financing solutions, which promotes both our work and value generation for our members. It also provides more opportunities for us to develop the operations in challenging times,” said Peter Karlsson, CFO for Södra.

According to NCR, a credit rating of BBB reflects Södra’s long-term financial position and flexibility. Södra has been active in the Swedish capital market since 2016 under an MTN programme with a bond framework corresponding to SEK 4 billion.

“The credit rating strengthens Södra as a financial counterparty and the rating is in line with our expectations. This will further sharpen our financial strength, robustness and flexibility,” said Magnus Reitersjö, Head of Treasury and responsible for Södra’s financing.

The credit rating is immediately effective.

For questions, please contact:
Magnus Reitersjö, Head of Treasury
Tel: +46 (0)470-891 34
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 53,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2020, net sales amounted to SEK 20 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows the way for the next generation of forestry.

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