Rottneros Mill invests SEK 15 million in a methane gas burner to achieve the goal of a fossil-free production process. This means that the methane gas generated as a by-product in the new bio effluent treatment plant can be used in the mill's drying process. The burner will be put into operation during the first half of 2020 and, in addition to reduced consumption of fossil fuels, also means lower variable costs. “The investment means that we basically achieve the goal of a fossil-free manufacturing process in Rottneros Mill. By utilizing the methane gas generated in the bio effluent treatment process when we dry the pulp, we will replace the equivalent of 1,000 cubic meters of fossil fuel in the form of oil. Overall, the investments we have made in the mill since a few years have reduced oil consumption by some 7,000 cubic meters on an annual basis, while the production volume has grown significantly”, says Nils Hauri, Chief Innovation Officer.
As part of optimising the Rottneros Group, a new organisation is introduced with a group-wide sales organisation and a site manager for each mill. At the same time, a group-wide safety function is established, which becomes part of the Human Resource Department. The purpose of the new organisation is to create an increased focus within each sub-area.
Through the new organisation, the mills can focus wholeheartedly on productivity, quality, environment, costs and completion of Agenda 500. The common safety function also means that we will be able to get even more out of our high-priority safety work in the future, while it can be conducted in an efficient way, comments Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.
In conjunction with the introduction of the new organisation, Kasper Skuthälla will assume the role of the Group’s Sales and Business Development Director, in addition to his current position as Managing Director of Rottneros Packaging.
The new sales organisation will strengthen our market presence, continue to work on our niche strategy and take advantage of the common aspects of our different products. With a background in various parts of the value chain, Kasper Skuthälla has excellent opportunities to do a very good job, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.