The history of Kotkamills Oy started when Hans Gutzeit from Norway founded Finland’s most modern steam-powered sawmill on Kotkansaari island in 1872. At the time of its inauguration on 16 November 1872, the ‘Norwegian sawmill’, as it was called, employed 60 people, most of whom came from Norway. The mill brought a Norwegian colony of around 250 people to Kotka, at the time a town of just 800 inhabitants.
The early 2000s was a period of growth: capacities increased and machines were modernised to improve efficiency and paper quality. The laminate paper and pulp mill underwent capacity increases in 2001 and the magazine paper production in 2003. The sawmill started to produce heat-treated wood in the early 2000s; however, this was later discontinued due to a change in ownership. To improve effluent treatment, an activated sludge plant was completed in 2001. Recycled fibre processing plant was inaugurated on April 1st, 2011. The plant produces recycled pulp from carton boxes collected from the surroundings of Kotka area. The recycled pulp is used in the manufacture of Absorbex Eco papers. Stora Enso Kotka Mills become Kotkamills Oy under the new owner OpenGate Capital. A decision was made to invest in a plant for the treatment of recovered fibre. The new production line is expected to be fully operational in 2011. Sawmilling and paper making continue at Kotka, employing around 500 people. Kotkamills Oy’s flag was raised in July 2010 to celebrate the birth of a new company. Recycled fibre processing plant was inaugurated on April 1st, 2011. The plant produces recycled pulp from carton boxes collected from the surroundings of Kotka area. The recycled pulp is used in the manufacture of Absorbex Eco papers. New Finnish owner from March 2015 onwards, majority owner MB Funds. Over EURO 100 million investment in converting printing paper machine to produce high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board, to be completed in summer 2016. For more information contact Mrs. Darja Rolser, Sales Manager Organization:
KOTKAMILLS OY Norskankatu 6 FI-48101 KOTKA / Finland Ph. +358 5 2101326 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org