Metsä Fibre and Ahlstrom-Munksjö to initiate a global safety award

Metsä Fibre press release 30 July 2018

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and Ahlstrom-Munksjö are sole sponsors of a new RISI PPI Safety Awards category. The Safety Leadership Award will be conferred in March 2019 for the first time.

PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievement of companies, production sites and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. Metsä Fibre and Ahlstrom-Munksjö want to promote safety within the pulp and paper industry. Safety is an important part of employer branding, wellbeing at work and it also creates competitive advantage.  Continuous development and sharing best practices in developing safety is important.

“We have started safety cooperation with Ahlstrom-Munksjö few years ago. By collaboration and sharing best practices we learn from each other and develop the safety of the whole industry. We want to increase the safety level at the mills and among the whole supply chain with systematic and preventative safety work. That’s the main reason we wanted to create this safety awards category. We found that Ahlstrom-Munksjö and RISI are the best possible partners to make this with us,” says Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production, Pulp Business, Metsä Fibre.

 “Safety it is a shared responsibility. Both Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre are highly committed to safety issues, and we have already safety collaboration. Joining forces in RISI PPI awards and creating a new category for Safety award felt natural for both of us,” says Rune Årnes VP Health & Safety, Ahlstrom-Munksjö. “We wanted to collaborate on a safety award, in order to be in the forefront of safety for our workers and promote safety within the industry.”

The target for the new safety award is to recognize a pulp or paper production plant for their consistent management and meritorious commitment to occupational safety, long term performance and to encourage their continuous improvement within safety.

Safety is our mindset and everyone’s right

At Metsä Fibre, a safe workplace is everyone's right. It is our duty to take care of our own safety and the safety of our co-workers. By working safely, we are realizing our mission of being the most professional and skilled player in the pulp business and the most efficient company in the industry. We concentrate on preventive and well planned safety work. We also want to be the preferred supplier of premium bioproducts and services that support our customer’ business operations.

At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we strongly believe zero accident is possible. We have set ambitious targets for continuous improvement, developing consistent safety practices and competencies. We focus on preventative activities, behavior-based safety interactions, safety inspections and auditing, and tailored safety training to ensure a safe working environment. Safety is our mindset.

More information:

Camilla Wikström, Senior Vice President, Production, Pulp Business, tel. +358 50 3893 467 e-mail: camilla.wikstrom@metsagroup.com

Metsä Fibre
www.metsafibre.com

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. The company’s pulp brand is Botnia and the sawn timber brand is Metsä Nordic Timber. The company’s bleached softwood and birch pulp grades have been developed for the production of high-quality board, tissue and printing paper and speciality products. The main applications for spruce and pine sawn timber are products for construction and interior decoration as well as window and door joinery and raw material for packaging industry. Currently employing approximately 1 200 people, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion in 2017. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

Metsä Group
www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.0 billion in 2017, and it employs approximately 9,100 people. The Group operates in nearly 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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Metsä Fibrewww.metsafibre.com Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. The company’s pulp brand is Botnia and the sawn timber brand is Metsä Nordic Timber. The company’s bleached softwood and birch pulp grades have been developed for the production of high-quality board, tissue and printing paper and speciality products. The main applications for spruce and pine sawn timber are products for construction and interior decoration as well as window and door joinery and raw material for packaging industry. Currently employing approximately 1 200 people, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion in 2017. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

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