History of Metsä Group video


Metsä Group – 80 years in the forefront of forest industry

Metsä Wood has a long history in making the most of the  whole wood value chain from sapling to product.

Metsäliitto Cooperative, the owner of Metsä Wood, can trace its origins back to 1934 when Finnish forest owners decided to join forces to achieve a stronger bargaining position in selling their timber. Operations started with shared sales, and Metsäliitto Oy continued this at first with timber exports.

Metsäliitto, which became a cooperative in 1947, started its industrial operations through its own sawmill business, expanding to the chemical forest industry in the 1950s. After this, the Finnish forest industry grew and internationalised at a brisk pace from the 1960s, becoming one of the pillars of Finnish well-being and prosperity.

Nowadays, Metsä Group focuses on tissue and cooking papers, consumer packaging paperboards, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. The basis for the Group’s operations still lies in the cooperative concept and acting in the best interests of Finnish forest owners.