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Imatra Mills

​​​Imatra Mills consist of two production units: Kaukopää and Tainionkoski. Together, they employ approximately 1,000 people and produce one million tonnes of board and paper annually. More than 90 per cent of production is exported, mostly to countries in Europe, but a substantial share is also exported to Southeast Asia.

Imatra produces liquid packaging board for beverage cartons and food service boards for paper cups and various food packages. Typical customers include the food, confectionery and tobacco industries.

High-quality packaging papers and graphical boards used for book covers, cards and luxury packaging are also made at the Imatra Mills.

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Safety the number one target at Imatra

Safety the number one target at Imatra

Imatra Mills’ number one target is for the mill to be a safe and an attractive place to work. “A zero-accident target is possible. Several departments at Imatra Mill have been able to work without accidents for many years. The number of accidents at the mill has decreased every year. We don’t want accidents to happen to anyone,” says Safety Manager, Esko Paananen.

Achievements have been made. In October 2013, the mill reached 100 accident-free days. Employees are encouraged to participate in the preventive work to eliminate risks by making safety observations. The aim is for each employee at Imatra Mill to make at least five safety observations per year; some have made more than 50. Imatra Mill’ safety work has also been recognised outside the company.

For example, Stora Enso Imatra Mill was awarded level III classification for 2012 by the Finnish Zero Accident Forum, which means that the workplace is above average and has improved its results by between 10 and 50 per cent.

Nearby waters in good condition

Nearby waters in good condition

The water quality in Lake Saimaa, located next to the Imatra Mill, has improved over the years. The algae level in the wastewater catchment area shows that the lake is good condition. There are several reasons for this improvement. The amount of organic compounds arising from production has been reduced and the nutrients used in the treatment of wastewater have been optimised.

“We have been able to considerably reduce the amount of phosphorus and the organic chlorine compounds from pulp bleaching in the wastewater. This is appreciated by our customers and is one of the criteria for the EU Ecolabel,” says Teemu Klemetti, Environmental Engineer at Imatra Mill. Imatra Mill’ board and pulp production processes generate about two cubic metres of water per second.

The mills’ wastewater is treated biologically and chemically, and the treated water is fed back into Lake Saimaa. The South Karelian Fisheries Centre monitors the water, and the results are promising. The focus is especially on species that benefit from clean waters, such as vendace and whitefish. Research is conducted three times a year through test trawling and other methods.

 “We have seen the biggest vendace catches reported since the year 2000, which indicates that the mills’ environmental impact on the water and fish has decreased compared to what it used to be,” says Aarno Karels, Managing Director of the South Karelian Fisheries Centre.

 Furthermore, according to a water quality study conducted by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the autumn 2013, the waters by Imatra Mill are of a good quality.

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Mill Contacts

Mari-Anne Tamminen

Regional Communication Manager Finland, Consumer Board

Teemu Klemetti

Manager, Environmental Affairs, Imatra Mills