The new birch plywood mill of Metsä Wood was inaugurated in Pärnu, 3 October 2018. The investment in the birch plywood mill in Pärnu is worth EUR 55 million. It enables Metsä Wood to respond to the growing demand for birch plywood in the global market.

For Metsä Wood, the Pärnu mill is a strategically important investment in birch plywood speciality products. The most important applications for birch plywood include construction and transport industry, which are increasing globally as a result of enhanced urbanisation.

The annual production capacity of the Pärnu birch plywood mill is 50,000 cubic metres. This increases Metsä Wood’s total net production capacity by around 30,000 cubic metres. Once the mill is operating at full capacity, it will employ around 200 people. The growing wood products sector is popular among job applicants. The mill has a highly dedicated and motivated team, which will still enlarge significantly in the future.

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What plywood mill?

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The mill's production capacity is 50,000 m3 a year, and the total floor area of the mill building is roughly 28,000 m2.

The new mill needs approximately 200  new employees of which some 10 per cent are white collar employees and the rest production workers.

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Plywood products for demanding end uses

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The mill manufactures added-value plywood products for demanding end uses, such as the transport equipment and construction industries. The veneers the mill requires will be transported from Finland at a rate of about eight truckloads a day. The finished plywood products will be delivered primarily to Central Europe, the destination for roughly seven trucks a day.

The mill is environmentally friendly and complies with the EU's best available techniques (BAT).  It meets all of the requirements set for air emissions, noise and waste management by authorities.