05/28/2015 New Innovation Centre to be built in Helsinki Stora Enso will open a new Innovation Centre later this year to enhance the development of innovative packaging solutions. The first commercial products are ready in the micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) business. Commercial activity at Stora Enso’s MFC pre-commercial production plant at Imatra, Finland started in early 2015. This is the world’s largest MFC facility and now provides raw material for selected commercial consumer board solutions enabling lighter weight packaging. The development of MFC solutions continues with a focus on source reduction and even more sustainable fibre based packaging using less raw material, as well as barrier coating solutions for grease and oxygen barriers. In the future, it could additionally provide biodegradable aluminium film replacement.Innovation Centre to Helsinki head officeStora Enso’s packaging businesses will open an Innovation Centre at the Group’s head office in Helsinki. The cross-functional centre will offer a stimulating space for customers seeking new ideas in packaging. The focus will be on idea generation, design, new business development and incubation. The space is also designed to host product launches and stakeholder events and there will be a prototype and sample laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. The official opening will take place later this year.