Metsä Fibre, a part of Metsä Group, has won the annual Quality Innovation of the year 2013 competition organized by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland in the Large Companies category with its new Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps. The projects in the competition are evaluated for their novelty, potential for practical application, and the level of systematic development work that led to their creation. Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps use polysulphide in a cooking process, a technology that has never been applied on such a large scale. Production of the award-winning pulps started at the company's pulp mill in Joutseno in May 2013.
Metsä Fibre also won the competition in 2012 with its Botnia FOX index which indicates the quality of the pulp. Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Metsä Fibre says that winning the competition for the second year in a row is a great recognition of the company's persistant development work and it encourages Metsä Fibre to process ideas and turn them into commercially viable innovations.
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