efficiency   Efficiency


Being world-class requires systematic work on continuous improvements in order to prevent problems, reduce production waste, optimise material use and improve quality and efficiency. It is also vital that the improvements last. BillerudKorsnäs has long had a focus on improvements, but has now taken an even firmer grip on Operational Excellence. This is a systematic way of working that uses core values, principles, processes and tools to build further on a corporate culture, based on continuous improvements with measurable targets and KPIs. Over the year, a network was established for Operational Excellence as a means of support for the whole organisation in its improvement work.

In addition to continuous improvements, BillerudKorsnäs is also investing in developing its operational structure for the future. These investments follow the different growth strategies of the three business areas. 2015 featured major investments in the rebuild of one paper machine in Gruvön and one in Skärblacka. We also worked on expanding the capacity of the unit in Frövi/Rockhammar. The project, which will increase production, includes investments in the board machine in Frövi, making it the biggest machine of its kind in the world. It will have an annual capacity of 525 000 tonnes of board, while at the same time, pulp production in Rockhammar will rise to 150 000 tonnes of pulp per year. In order to further improve the structure for the future, two strategic feasibility studies were initiated over the year:

• Potential investment in a new board machine in Gruvön.
• Potential move of a paper machine from Tervasaari to Skärblacka and investment in capacity for surface treatment on the existing MG paper production line.

PRODUCTION IN THREE COUNTRIES Paper, board and pulp are produced at eight production units in three countries, with approximately 90 percent manufactured at the five Swedish units in Gävle, Gruvön, Frövi/Rockhammar, Skärblacka and Karlsborg. Other production takes place in Pietarsaari and Tervasaari (Finland) and in Beetham (UK). All the Swedish units have integrated production, which means that the manufacture of paper pulp takes place at the same unit that produces paper and board. This enables more cost-effective production with less of an environmental impact. The raw material is primary fibre from wood sourced from sustainable forestry in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Production capacity 2015

• Gävle, 725 ktonnes
• Gruvön, 685 ktonnes
• Frövi/Rockhammar, 470 ktonnes
• Skärblacka, 420 ktonnes
• Karlsborg, 300 ktonnes

• Pietarsaari, 200 ktonnes
• Tervasaari, 100 ktonnes

United Kingdom
• Beetham, 45 ktonnes

Last updated: 2015-03-26