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Quality Upgrade at Stora Enso's Fors Mill in Sweden

Helsinki, Finland 12/16/2005 10:04 PM GMT (WooEB)

Stora Enso (NYSE:SEO) today announced that Stora Enso will upgrade and modernise board machine 2 (BM2) at its Fors Mill in Sweden to improve product quality and cost efficiency, and increase production flexibility. One of the boilers will also be modified to enhance the mill's energy supply by replacing oil with biofuel. The annual folding boxboard production capacity of BM2 will increase slightly, by 13,000 tonnes. Capital expenditure on the project, which is scheduled to start in 2006 and be completed in 2007, will amount to EUR 35 million.

This investment during a profit improvement programme is essential for the long-term competitiveness of Fors Mill. It also demonstrates Stora Enso's commitment to maintaining and developing the quality of its assets, and improving the competitiveness of its production in Europe," says Hakan Molden, Managing Director of Fors Mill.

Swedish Quality Award 2005

As a result of long-term quality work, Stora Enso's Fors Mill was today presented with the Swedish Quality Award by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Stora Enso's Fors Mill received the award in recognition of its sustainable and determined work over a long period. The award confirms that Stora Enso has successfully built up a corporate culture of continuous development and its operations are world class.

Stora Enso's Fors Mill in central Sweden is one of the world's largest and most modern producers of cartonboard for consumer packaging and printing. End uses include foodstuff, cigarette, chocolate and confectionery packaging. The mill, which employs about 800 people, has two board machines producing 360,000 tonnes of folding boxboard per year.

Stora Enso is an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company producing publication and fine papers, packaging boards and wood products, areas in which the Group is a global market leader. Stora Enso sales totalled EUR 12.4 billion in 2004. The Group has some 45,000 employees in more than 40 countries in five continents and an annual production capacity of 16.4 million tonnes of paper and board and 7.7 million cubic metres of sawn wood products, including 3.2 million cubic metres of value-added products. Stora Enso's shares are listed in Helsinki, Stockholm and New York.

Stora Enso Oyj Business ID 1039050-8.

CONTACT:
Stora Enso North America
Tim Laatsch, SVP, Corporate Communications
+1 (715) 422-4023

www.storaenso.com/investors
www.storaenso.com/fors

 

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