Despite roots in the 18th century, Finnish company Valmet has its sights set firmly on the future, adapting constantly to changing industrial realities to better serve the paper, pulp and energy sectors. Today, Valmet stands as one of the world’s most important providers of capital equipment, automation and services to these sectors.
The papermaking industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Sales in some of the most important traditional categories, such as newsprint, have declined in line with the rise of digital media and the associated changes in consumer behaviour. The rapid expansion of consumption in emerging markets, meanwhile, has fuelled demand for a host of paper-based products, from packaging to bathroom tissue.
Demand for renewable packaging solutions and emerging markets growth have contributed to increased demand for packaging grades.
Jyrki Laakkonen, Valmet’s category manager, supply chain
“The demand for newsprint actually went down about a decade ago,” says Jyrki Laakkonen, Valmets category manager, Supply Chain. “Currently, newsprint represents slightly more than 5 percent of global paper and board demand. At the same time the demand for printing and writing papers has decreased slightly. On the other hand, growing global trade, e-commerce, demand for renewable packaging solutions and emerging markets growth have contributed to increased demand for packaging grades.”