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Södra Begins Textile Pulp Production

Södra — an economic association comprising more than 51,000 forest owners in Sweden and having production activities in the areas of wood products for construction and interiors, wood pulp, and energy — is now producing hardwood-based textile pulp at one of its pulp mills, and expects to produce 170,000 metric tons of textile pulp annually once that operation reaches full capacity.

Södra has been producing wood pulp for reinforcement and paper applications since the late 1950s. In December 2010, it decided to invest in textile pulp production, and has been implementing the investment and developing a marketing organization to serve the textile segment. The textile pulp, derived from hardwoods such as birch and aspen, will be supplied to viscose fiber manufacturers.

"We are focusing on textile pulp as this is a growing market to which we can supply a certified, renewable forest raw material," said Gunilla Saltin, president, Södra Cell.

The company also plans to expand textile pulp production to an additional pulp line that is producing paper pulp at one of its other mills.

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